Simple Ways To Take Better Care Of Yourself
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2018 is finally here – Happy New Year! With a new year comes new goals, new aspirations, new wants and needs, and new knowledge. We start off the year with such great intentions of having a great year, but somewhere along the way, that intention of happiness and positivity gets lost along the way for a lot of people. A tough situation comes up and we lose sight of what we wanted out of the year and by the end of the year, most are ready to be done with it and on to the next, the ‘better’ year. It’s a constant circle that happens every year, but this year, I say let’s keep that positivity in sight and make sure we get the most out of the year, every single day – not just in January.
SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF
The best way that we can get the most out of the year is by taking care of ourselves. It seems like each year, most write that their goal in the new year is to get healthier. Well, I’m here to say that if you want to get healthier, you can do it, but it will take work throughout the entire year. Today, I have written up a list of simple ways to take better care of yourself in the new year because it really is essential when it comes to happiness and I want to see you succeed with your goals and your happiness.
While getting enough rest and sleep is essential, many people disagree with the eight hour sleep rule. In this article, Huffington Post says, “How much sleep an individual needs is a complicated question to answer because it depends on the individual and many factors including genetic traits.” I totally agree with that! So, make sure you are not ‘just’ getting eight hours of sleep – focus on getting the sleep that YOU, as an individual needs. There are many benefits of sleep because it plays a vital role in your health and general well-being, so make sure you really focus on that!
Another aspect of rest is taking down time for yourself. This is not necessarily sleep – this can be reading, taking a bath, watching TV, stretching, etc. Don’t overwork yourself this year because your health depends on it. Make sure to incorporate time for self care and self love.
Many people have the goal of weight loss in the new year and it is impossible without healthy eating. You know the saying “abs are made in the kitchen.” Well, it’s true. Weight loss aside, healthy eating can help you become more energized, it can help with disease prevention, and your overall health. “The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage and repair any cellular damage that might occur. Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a healthy immune system. Both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body, while vitamins and minerals function throughout your body in support of your body’s processes. Vitamins A, C and E, for example, act as antioxidants to protect your cells against toxins, and B vitamins help you extract energy from the foods you eat. Calcium and phosphorus keep your bones strong, while sodium and potassium help to transmit nerve signals. Without a healthy diet, you might compromise any of these essential functions,” says SFGate Healthy Eating.
GO TO NECESSARY APPOINTMENTS
Going to the doctor and dentist is important to make sure that you are strong and healthy. Your mouth is the pathway to you body, so going to the dentist every six months is essential. The great part about it is that you can do preventative care in between your appointments! Dr. Simms, with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC recommends using a soft to medium toothbrush. When you are brushing, position the brush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion using small, gentle strokes in order to brush the outside surface of your teeth. Don’t forget to floss, as well! Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach, so flossing is a great way to remove plaque from those hard to reach surfaces. While brushing and flossing at home will help you keep your teeth clean, you do need a professional cleaning every six months to keep your teeth healthy. If you are in the metro-Atlanta area, check out Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. Dr. Gary Simms and his team believe in providing comprehensive treatment and skilled dental services that address both your short- and long-term dental care needs in an honest, judgment-free environment where it all comes down to great care. Dr. Simms completed his dental residency at Peninsula Hospital located in Far Rockaway, New York. After getting his degrees, Dr. Simms opened up his practice in Bronx, New York from 1997 to 2006. He then moved to Georgia and now owns Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. He believes a conservative, preventative dentistry, and his goal is to increase the longevity of his patients teeth.
Hydration can technically be lumped in with the healthy eating section, but drinking enough water is so important that I created a new paragraph for it. Most people are told to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and while this is a great start, you need to base your number of glasses on your physical activity, health, and diet. Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight – how crazy is that? There are many benefits of being hydrated, but some of them are a boost in your mood, protection against diseases, weight loss, higher levels of energy, lower allergy and asthma risk, acne reduction, lower blood pressure, and it also flushes out unwanted bacteria from the bladder and kidney, which is very important.
If you are like me, you may get bored drinking plain water all day. I love to mix it up and infuse my water with different fruits and mint. Try it! I promise it will help you meet your goal.
I hope these simple tips help you become a BETTER you, and reach all of your goals for the New Year. Always remember who YOU are!! Happy New Years!
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