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7 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier you in 2019

Is 2019 your year for getting and keeping healthy and well?

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If your answer is yes, then we have good news for you, sustainable new year’s resolutions do exist, and even better, they can help you build the foundation for a long, healthy, happy life

We have put together a list of 7 new year’s resolutions for a healthier you.

 1.       Get more sleep

A good night's sleep is incredibly important for your health. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of shut-eye a night for adults. There are many reasons why getting quality daily zzzz is important. Sleep affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Research shows that lack of sleep increases the risk for obesity, heart disease and infections.

2.       See your doctor

Get to know your doctor and ensure that you keep up to date with relevant health checks and immunisations etc. Your GP is there to support your health and wellness journey, so be sure to use them.

3.       Wear sunscreen every time you go outside

Two in three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. So, while sun exposure is great for vitamin D purposes, getting too much is a classic, avoidable way to put your health at risk. Even in the winter months, make sure you’re using SPF every day. Also, be sure to protect your eye health with quality sunglasses, whether it’s cloudy outside or not. Also, be sure to schedule your annual skin check with your GP.

4.       Find an outlet for stress release

This is especially important for women, who are more affected by conditions like anxiety and depression, and whose hormonal fluctuations due to things like menstrual cycles, childbirth, and menopause, can exacerbate mental health issues. Seeking an outlet for your stress that you can rely upon when you are feeling overwhelmed, like talking things out with a trusted friend or uncurling that yoga mat for some meditation. But you should also know the signs of conditions like anxiety and depression and not be afraid to get help from a professional if you’re struggling with mental health issues. You don’t need to suffer in silence.

5.       Exercise regularly

Find something you enjoy to help you to stay active and keep it up. Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a difference and simple things like a walk along the beach or going for a swim in the ocean can keep your body active and enjoying the benefits of exercise. Schedule your workouts in your calendar and please see your GP if you have any concerns.

6.       Drink plenty of H20

It can be difficult to stay properly hydrated with the warm weather during summer.  Watch your urine colour; if it’s dark you probably need to up your fluid intake

7.       Give yourself self- health checks

Your health is in your hands, literally. Monitor things like your skin, your breasts etc for anything that seems off, then don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor and bring it up. Proactive patients who take charge are often the healthiest.

Our friendly and professional team are looking forward to caring for you and your family and helping to keep you healthy and well in 2019.