Jumpstart the New Year

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A new year brings new opportunities. For many, it's a chance to improve some aspect of our daily lives and perhaps discover a little more joy. Maybe starting fresh appeals to you. If so, here are some ideas you may be inspired to try.

Declutter your space and your mind

Like most people, you've accumulated stuff that no longer serves you or brings you joy. From unworn clothes to stacks of magazines, letting go of excess things does more than just tidy up your space. It may boost your mental well-being.

To start:

• Focus on one small area at a time—a closet, a drawer or just one box.

• Sort items into three piles: things to keep, things to toss and things to donate.

• For sentimental items that you intend to pass down to loved ones, ask if they want them now.

• Schedule a few minutes a day to organize.

Start something healthy today

Why not choose a health goal to work on? Here are a few areas where many of us can stand to improve:

Establish an exercise routine. Getting a move on can help you control your stress and your weight while lowering your risk of many chronic diseases.

Get enough sleep. Wouldn't it feel great to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to seize the day?

Improve your eating habits, which may help lower your risk for heart disease.

No matter what your goal, start with small, doable changes. You'll build momentum with little wins. For example, you might jumpstart an exercise goal by taking 10-minute walks after dinner. Take one step toward a better diet by eating at least one vegetable with every meal.

Explore a hobby

Let's face it, life can be stressful at times. It's important to make time for things we enjoy. For many, that's a hobby. Hobbies keep life interesting while providing an outlet for creativity and a hedge against stress.

When it comes to discovering (or rediscovering) a hobby, the sky's the limit! For example, you might try painting, crafting, woodworking, collecting, playing a musical instrument or caring for a pet. Or how about buying a backyard telescope to look at the stars? Think of a hobby you always wanted to try when you were a child. Then check out a book, an online video or a club to get started.

Start your New York off in the healthiest manner possible by scheduling an appointment with your Watson Clinic primary care physician. Call 863-680-7190.

Sources: AARP; American Heart Association; American Psychological Association; National Institute on Aging; Office on Women's Health


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