Nearly everyone makes them and then breaks them. But if you’ve ever managed to keep one of your New Year's resolutions, you probably think of it as one of the best things you've ever done. The trick to keeping your resolutions is to resolve to do things that will provide a positive payoff, year-in and year-out. Here are a few to get you started.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep for your body is vital for your mental and physical health. Moreover, inadequate sleep is a risk factor for both obesity and diabetes.
Drink Less Alcohol
Small amounts of alcohol are beneficial to your health. However, drinking too much can give rise to memory problems, depression and seizures. Those who make a habit of drinking heavily risk a host of debilitating diseases, including liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and some types of cancer.
Give of Yourself
When you don't feel fulfilled, it's natural to try to fill the emptiness by getting more love, more possessions or more money. Ironically, filling another's needs is the key to feeling happier.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Happy people are healthier and more resilient. Invest yourself in the things that make you happy, such as family, community involvement, balancing play and work time and taking care of your health. Minimize or eliminate the things that make you miserable, even if it means giving up power, prestige or material goods.
Put a Stop to Chronic Stress
Chronic stress is a killer. A powerful cocktail of chemicals are released when you experience stress. Your body requires another batch of powerful chemicals to return to normal afterwards. When this happens too often, these chemicals cause terrible damage to your body. Striking a comfortable work/life balance can help you get a handle on your stress level.
There's a reason virtually all established forms of meditation include specific directions for breathing properly. Taking slow, deep breaths that engage the diaphragm will improve your mood, reduce stress and promote better health. Here are three simple breathing exercises from Dr. Andrew Weil.
Snacking is actually good for you. However, it's important to eat snacks that enhance your healthy diet, rather than undermine it. Keep simple, healthy foods on hand to make healthy snacking an easy habit to maintain.
Protect Your Skin
You probably wouldn't go to the beach without sunscreen, but you might not have known that wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer occur from cumulative exposure to the sun. A face and hand lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 will help make using sunscreen every time second nature.
That said, all of us at Gerber Chiropractic wish you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012. And when you need us, we are here to help.
Your Health . . . It’s Worth It!
Dr. Kate Gerber & Dr. John Gerber