Are you guilty of setting overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions? Instead of setting yourself up for failure from the start with a big, overwhelming goal, focus on small, doable actions. Over time, little by little adds up. We encourage you to make yourself a priority in 2019 by mixing in these seven healthy habits into your daily routine. By the time spring and summer roll around, you’re bound to see results.
- Eat one plant-based meal a day: Most of us don’t consume enough vegetables in one day. Instead of a fad diet or complete lifestyle overhaul, start by eating one plant-based meal a day. Over time, you’re likely to see improvements to your overall nutrition.
- Go to sleep at the same time each night: Studies have shown that getting an adequate amount of quality sleep can improve weight loss and maintenance. Limit your screen time at the end of the day, avoid caffeine after lunch and invest in a good set of blackout curtains.
- Schedule time for yourself: Rather than waiting until you have some free time, regularly schedule time for yourself on your calendar and treat it just as you would if it were a commitment to someone else. Self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate and you don’t have to crack open your wallet to “treat yourself.” Use this time to go for a walk, try out that new exercise class you’ve been putting off, or even grab dinner or a movie by yourself.
- Be proactive about your health: The only time that you visit the doctor shouldn’t be when you’re sick. Your annual women’s wellness exam is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Preventative screenings are essential to early diagnosis which can have a significant impact on how effective treatment may be if needed. Plus, this an annual preventative visit is covered by that health insurance plan you’re already paying for so you might as well use it. And while you’re at it, go ahead and schedule those dental cleanings, too.
- Drink more water: Drinking water has numerous benefits from flushing out toxins and improving your complexion to preventing headaches and cramps. Try to drink half of your total body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds try to drink 70 ounces of water. Carry a water bottle with you so that you can refill it wherever you go. If it helps, add in your favorite sliced fruit for a boost of flavor.
- Practice positive self talk: Negativity can be detrimental to both your mental and physical health. You’ll be amazed how much making the conscious effort to choose positivity will impact all areas of your life. And what better area to start than with positive self-talk? Use positive affirmations, compliment yourself and surround yourself with people who uplift you. If it feels uncomfortable to say affirmations aloud to yourself, trying writing them on a sticky note and affix them somewhere you’ll see often like your bathroom mirror, desk at work, or in your car.
- Change the conversation: Shift your mindset by changing the way you express your goals, aspirations and intentions. Try writing your goals, no matter how big or small, in the present tense as if you’ve already achieved them. Similar to positive affirmations, this simple change in wording can have powerful effects.
How Triangle Physicians for Women Can Help
These daily habits may seem small, but when you look back at the end of the year you will be amazed at the difference they make. If you’re ready to be proactive about your health, call Triangle Physicians for Women at (919) 678-6900 to schedule an appointment. Our team of dedicated and compassionate providers have been caring for women of all ages and stages of life since 1992. To best serve you, we now have two convenient locations in Cary and Holly Springs, North Carolina.