It’s nearly 2016, and the New Year promises many exciting things, including the chance to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is a balanced lifestyle that includes plenty of good food, time to relax, and total well-being. Many people find themselves stressed out, not getting enough rest, engaging in bad habits, and eating too much junk food. It’s never too late for a do-over!
Make this the year you finally start feeling better and regaining your confidence. Read on for 5 tips for developing a healthier and happier lifestyle in 2016 from the caring folks at Availability Staffing.
Address any pressing health concerns now
The start of the New Year is a great time to book an appointment with your family physician. You want to address any health concerns that you have and ask for support with health goals. For example, you may want to lose some weight this year. Your physician should be able to provide you with information and resources to make this happen. Your insurance company may also have additional resources to help pay for special foods, medication, and personal training to help you reach your goal weight.
Learn how to unplug
A big problem that many people have is being too “busy”. Most adults are connected by technology 24/7. This creates an out of balance perspective of work. In the New Year, it’s possible for you to learn how to unplug more often and regain some of the work life balance that you deserve. Make a point to learn how to manage your time better so that you can leave your work behind each day and make the transition to your personal life smoother. This will help you to have a less stressful experience which translates to better health and well-being for you.
Improve your diet
2016 can be a great time to start improving your diet too. Try adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily meal. Limit your caffeine and soda intake to once per day. Start drinking more water. You’ll find with time that your body will respond by having more energy and you will be less prone to illness. It can be hard to kick bad eating habits, so start by replacing one bad food with one healthy food each week.
Get out there and exercise
Exercise is one of those things that either you like or you hate. However, developing a healthier lifestyle in 2016 will require you to add more physical fitness into your daily life. Find some exercises and activities that you enjoy doing and make them a regular part of your week. Many people find sports, swimming, walking, and just spending time in the outdoors is enough to increase their exercise. Implement a hobby that requires you to get up out of your chair and be more active. For example, you may try photography that forces you to walk around your community to capture images.
Improve your sleep habits
One of the leading causes of poor health and mental fogginess in employees is a general lack of restful sleep. Experts advise that adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep to feel fully productive. Find your magic sleep amount by going to bed 15 minutes earlier for a few nights to see if you feel a difference. Your health and well-being will be improved by adding more sleep to your weekly schedule. If you have trouble with insomnia, you may need to change some elements of your bedroom, such as removing the television and computer, replacing your mattress, adding soft lighting, and reducing outside noise.
By using the above tips, your health will improve in the New Year and you will be feeling great in very little time.
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