It’s tempting to concentrate on all the significant changes you’d like to make in your life at the beginning of a new year. However, it’s best to make new routines or habits manageable in order for them to persist after February. Your health can be significantly improved by even one simple modification in your way of life.
Here’s some health inspiration for the year ahead from Doctors Nova Scotia:
Get your flu shot, COVID-19 booster or both
Although Nova Scotia was hit hard and early by the flu season, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Rolling up one’s sleeves is suggested for everyone older than six months. A quick and simple approach to protect yourself and others around you is to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine for this year is also an excellent match for the viruses currently in circulation.
Immunization is a little action that has a big impact on safeguarding our healthcare system, which is already under strain due to the rise in respiratory viruses. Having all of your vaccinations current, especially your COVID-19 injection, might mean the difference between a few days at home recovering from a sickness and spending weeks in the hospital or even worse. In Nova Scotia, adults can safely receive a COVID-19 booster at the same session as a flu injection.
Move a bit more
In 2023, don’t bother enrolling in a pricey exercise class. Instead, schedule some time for enjoyable activity that you can incorporate into your daily schedule, such as a little lunchtime stroll, a stretching break, or a walk to the mailbox.
According to research, people who take even brief breaks throughout the day are more productive and more likely to pick up new skills. To encourage both businesses and employees to exercise more throughout the workday, the Doctors Nova Scotia Healthy Tomorrow Foundation has introduced the Make Your Move at Work program and toolkit. The emphasis is on doing straightforward activities that can get your heart rate up, such taking a brief 15-minute stroll outside or holding a walking team meeting.
Be intentional with screen time
When you’re eating and interacting with friends and family, try to put your gadget aside. Do not use your phone in your bedroom (and try not to use it one hour before bed). Instead of using your smartphone as an alarm, find your old alarm clock. Set your phone’s timer for 20 minutes if you’re having trouble putting a time limit on how much time you spend on a certain game or app. Put your smartphone down and go on to something else for 10 minutes once the timer goes off.
Prioritize your mental health
It’s simple to forget your mental health when there is such a focus on physical wellness. There are countless activities that can make you feel better during the coldest days of winter, like daily gratitude practices, self-care time, time spent in nature, stopping self-talk that is unfavorable to you, and adding mindfulness to your daily routine.
More to this story at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/healthy-living/health-resolutions
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