With 2018 fast approaching, it’s a great time to discuss how you’ll be healthier in the upcoming year than you were this past year. Developing new, healthy habits takes time but once committed to memory, you won’t think twice about doing them. Give yourself 30 solid days of change before giving up a habit because that’s the amount of work it takes for the new approach to life to stick.
Here’s How to Make 2018 Your Healthiest Year Yet:
- Value your sleep. Restful slumber is absolutely necessary each and every day. Sleep is restorative and part of the body’s natural rejuvenation system. Start by considering what you’re sleeping on and with. Is your mattress comfortable yet supportive? How do your pillows, sheets, and blanket feel? If any of these things are interfering with your sleep, invest in new ones. You’ll get a high ROI once you do by falling asleep faster and waking up better than you ever have before.
- Drink lots of water. If you’re in the habit of drinking soda, do what you can to kick it to the curb. Pop swipes calcium from the bones. It’s added calories, and sugar does not help your waistline. Water, on the other hand, is filling and cleansing. It has no calories, so you can sip away on it without fear that it’s ruining your diet or taking away from your healthy lifestyle.
- Enjoy your peanut butter. Packed with protein, it’s the type of nutritious food that is very versatile. When choosing a brand, look for one that doesn’t have added sugar, sodium or saturated fat because these ingredients can be bad for your health. Smear a dollop on whole grain bread or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Peanut butter is delicious, filling, and good for you.
- Schedule regular appointments with your medical and mental health providers. Yes, this includes your gynecologist, Dr. Wilburn. Sit down with your calendar and fill in all of the dates as you schedule your appointments. This gives you an overall picture of what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be going in upcoming months. Without good body maintenance, you won’t be able to perform optimally as a person. Get the appointments scheduled so that you remain in charge of your physical and mental health and well-being.
There are many ways you can make 2018 your healthiest year yet. Apply the suggestions above to your daily routine and see how new habits make you feel. Chances are, you’ll walk away from this year looking and feeling your absolute best because of the decision you made to make changes at the beginning of 2018.