Forming a new commitment to your health is easy, but following through requires real resolve. Fortunately, for every common wellness concern, there is a smart solution that will place you on the path to a heathy and happy new year!
As we start the New Year, it is human nature to reflect on various aspects of our lives. But what if that reflection is a reminder of the recurring health issues that make simply getting through the day a constant battle? According to a recent study, the cause could be hormonal imbalance, low thyroid function or any number of ailments. If you have symptoms that include fatigue, insomnia, unexplained weight gain, difficulty concentrating, migraines, recurrent and chronic infections, joint and muscle pain, depression, mood swings, cold hands and feet, and hair loss, don’t ignore it. Something is wrong!
Don’t let symptoms like these prevent you from participating in life to the fullest. Get help to alleviate symptoms and restore your energy. After all, true wealth is found in good health, and without it, it is difficult to enjoy your friends, family and life. Don’t wait another year to take charge of your health.
Healthy Heart: Ever heard the adage, “early to bed, early to rise?” You can take this saying to heart when it comes to cardiovascular health and overall wellness. Of course, a well-rounded lifestyle conducive to heart health is more than just getting a good night’s sleep. It should always include exercise and nutrition.
Strength of Mind: As we age, mental stimulation can play a key role in maintaining or even improving our quality of life by boosting brainpower. A cognitive stimulation program should aim to enhance mental acuity while delaying the onset and slowing the progression of symptoms that make cognitive deterioration. Consistently look for programs to reflect the latest finds and best practices that target a wide array of domains, including memory, executive function, attention, language, visual spatial, perception and some nonconative domains.
Beating the Blues: While depression can strike at any time, the stress and anxiety after a very busy holiday season can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. It is important to recognize the signs of depression and ways to address it.
Signs of depression include:
• Change in sleeping habits
• Decreased appetite or change in eating patterns
• Constant fatigue or low energy
• Trouble concentrating
• Loss of enjoyment in regular activities
Coping methods can include:
Communication – talk to your spouse or loved one about how you are feeling. Make an appointment with your doctor. Clinical depression lasts for more than two weeks, so it is important to be truthful about how long you have been struggling with symptoms. Take action and be willing to try different medications and dosages. If the idea of an antidepressant scares you, try a more natural approach, like mind-body therapy, regular exercise and spiritual activities.
Pain Prevention: Taking care of your back is a health goal that should be on your resolution list. Back health is more than just being careful. A healthy back requires strong core muscles. Even if you don’t have back pain now, investing in your muscles will help prevent future problems. You can strengthen your core muscles through exercising. In addition, maintaining proper body position while performing tasks, even something as simple as sitting at your desk, is extremely important. If you are in a sedentary environment, consider taking breaks every 15-30 minutes to stretch.
Healthy Image: Addressing cosmetic concerns is not only about identifying aesthetic and health issues that require treatment, but also creating a brighter overall outlook. It is important to seek aesthetic procedures that may allow you to look as young as you feel. Blending state-of-the-art medical technology, research, and experience in the hands of a dedicated doctor could be the answer to turning back the aging process.
Enough Sleep: Most the population aims for seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Anything less could lay the groundwork for throwing your body out of whack and decreasing its ability to ward off infections and disease. The reason is simple. During sleep, your body produces proteins called cytokines, which are essential to fighting infection, stress, and inflammation. Substandard sleep also reduces the production of infection-fighting cells and hormones. If you are not getting the proper amount and type of sleep, you may want to consider getting professional help.
Superb Vision: Healthy eyesight can be easy to take for granted. Conditions such as blepharitis, which is a low-grade inflammation disease, could result in dry eye syndrome if left untreated. In some cases, it may cause inflamed, itchy and irritated eyelids. Make it a point to get an eye exam every year, even if everything seems to be fine.
For the best success make your yearly plan now. Plan now to schedule a few health resolutions every month. Sign up for that exercise class, and attend regularly. Make your eye exam appointment and schedule your annual physical before you find a reason to put it off. Go to bed a little earlier and make a decision to be conscientious of what you eat. With a little effort, some planning and plenty of resolve, you will be glad you did – for the health of it!
Lisa Alexander, Freelance Writer