Ready for something new in 2009?



If yes, then make it something new that can benefit your health physically and mentally.

A new lifestyle.

Change, be it for good or for bad, begins at home. Let’s look at our 2008 lifestyle and see what we can change for 2009.

Exercise

Have you been physically active last year? If not, here are some very good reasons why you should be this year:

If you had been sedentary till now, then start slowly. Start small. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Check out the American Heart Association.site for help.

Smoking

Quitting is not so easy, I know. After all, nicotine addiction is one of the most difficult habits to break. And the new president of the United States is struggling with it as well so you are not alone in this. If you can’t do it on your own, then seek out support groups and professional help. Check out the American Lung Association site for assistance.

Diet

Diet is a key factor to health. Watching what you eat and drink may be one of the best things you can do for 2009. Not too little, not too much. Here, too, professional help might be warranted but a lot of self-help info is also available on the Internet. Check out the American Heart Association.site to “face the fats.”

Sleep

Did you get enough sleep last year? Many people are not aware of it but lack of sleep is a risk factor for many disorders, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, and breast cancer. Give your body a break. Get some rest. Check out the American Sleep Foundation for assistance.

A new attitude

True, the economy is doing badly and the future is uncertain. But we should approach the New Year with optimism and a new purpose in life. Even if we can not do anything to turn the economy around, we can do something with our health and that of our families.

Reduce stress in your life. Stress, distress, and anxiety are the major factors in increased risk for cardiovascular disease and depression. The economy may be sick but let’s keep our heart, body and mind healthy. In other words, don’t worry, be happy.

A new purpose in life

Advocacy is the word. Advocacy for something worthwhile, such as advocacy for a health issue or an environmental or a social cause. Without becoming too radical, of course. There are many not-for-profit organizations out there which would be most happy to have your support be it financially, physically or spiritually. If money is tight, you can express your generosity in terms of donating your time. Volunteer for whatever tasks you can do. Every helping hand counts.

Now, you’d say, good for me to preach but do I practice what I write here? I try to, believe me. And I know I have to improve on a few lifestyle things myself for 2009, mainly on sleep and stress. Staying healthy is a continuous, ongoing process – and there is always room for improvement.

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