Quit Smoking & Drinking

Starting certain habits can be beneficial for your health. For example, starting to eat healthy, starting to exercise, and starting to sleep more all improve your overall health. But stopping certain habits can be as helpful.

If you’re a smoker or you enjoy excessive and frequent drinking, you should consider stopping or at least lessening how often you enjoy these vices. Quitting smoking and drinking can restore your hormonal balance to normal levels; you’ll almost instantly feel the effects.

Protect Yourself From Viruses & the Flu

If you’ve been acting as a responsible member of your community, then you’re aware of the three Ws that protect yourself and others from the virus: wear a mask, wash your hands, and wash your distance. But even though the coronavirus has taken center stage, you shouldn’t forget about protecting yourself from the flu.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. But aside from that, many of the anti-viral practices also apply to the flu. You should avoid large crowds, wear a mask if you’re sick, wash your hands regularly, and stay home when you feel under the weather.

Stress

Believe it or not, stress — which originates in the mind — can have very real effects on your body. And with all the happenings of 2020, your stress levels may have increased exponentially.

According to a survey, 39% of all Americans surveyed said that the worry and stress that they experienced due to the coronavirus negatively affected their physical health.

While a moderate amount of stress can be beneficial and can keep us on our toes, extreme stress and anxiety are detrimental to our health. When we’re in a state of panic, we suffer and tend to stress out our children as well.

Luckily, the CDC released several measures that they recommend for people to take to protect their mental health during trying times. These measures include:

  • Staying informed but avoiding oversaturating yourself with news coverage.
  • Taking deep breaths and meditating regularly.
  • Eating healthy food and getting enough regular exercise.
  • Taking time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings fade with time.
  • Taking breaks from consuming news coverage in whatever form they may take: social media, television, etc.
  • Maintaining a positive outlook.
  • Staying connected with friends and family.

Final Thoughts

Whether or not living a healthy life is your New Year resolution, you’re doing yourself a favor by staying informed about the ways you can stay healthy this year.

Follow the tips we’ve listed above, and you’ll be well on your way to living a healthier life. But remember to be kind to yourself. If you fall off the wagon a few times, don’t criticize yourself; instead, make your best effort to get back on track. After all, we all deserve a break after the stressful year of 2020.

Sources: ajc, healthmatters, worldsgenuinenews; Picture: pixabay