As we begin a new year, we encourage you to take the time to create your own health goals so that 2016 is a year filled with health and happiness. To this end, we have put together 4 New Year’s Resolutions to help you prioritize your own health in addition to that of the person or persons for whom you provide care.
4 Resolutions for your Personal Health and Well-Being
1. Eat healthy. Protecting your health starts with what you eat, so make sure to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. Adhering to the Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, fish, legumes, fruits, nuts and whole grains and low in dairy, meat, and alcohol, will help promote optimal health and well-being; try eating fish for dinner once per week or having grains with fruit and nuts for a healthy, energy-driven breakfast.
2. Get moving. Increase blood flow to your brain, heart and the rest of your body by being active. Take a class at your local community center or start your own personal fitness regimen with friends and family members. Whether you are running or doing yoga, find an activity that you love and can look forward to doing for one hour twice per week.
3. Get a good night’s sleep. Take time to de-stress and ensure that you can get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night — aim to get a full night’s rest twice per week or find time to nap on days when you cannot. We understand that caregiving can take an emotional toll on an individual, which is why taking time for yourself to unwind can be a much-needed relief. We recommend taking a bath, meditating or placing lavender near the bed to promote calm and ensure a peaceful night’s rest.
4. Be happy! Take the time to enjoy life, friends and family. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or chronic stress, make it a priority to see a physician and take care of yourself. Find an activity that you are passionate about such as reading, painting, or spending time with loved ones, and find time to do it one to two times per week. Happiness is contagious, and if you are feeling positive, it is sure to spread to your clients!
Set realistic goals and encourage friends and family members to join you on your path to better health — having team support can help you go the extra mile! We also advise making small lifestyle changes in behavior as opposed to big sweeping changes so that you can stay focused and motivated in the coming months and succeed at fulfilling these resolutions.
know that you’ll see a boost in physical energy and mood with improvements in personal health, and we’re rooting for you to have a happy and healthy 2016!