Like many other people, you may be wondering what you want to accomplish in 2021
To achieve your resolutions, try the following strategies:
- Set a goal that motivates you.
- Set a goal that is specific.
- Set a goal that can be managed or achieved.
- Write down your goals to establish intent.
- Share your goals with others to increase accountability.
Ready, Set, Go!
2020 has probably given you time to reflect on and think about what you want to change in your lifestyle. This is a good time to make positive life changes and strive for an overall healthier self. Consider the following five tips to start the new year off:
- Check your mental health. Mental health is as important as physical health for building a healthy lifestyle. Contact a professional if you need help.
- Be social. Isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic does not have to mean loneliness. Reconnect with others practically or while practicing social distancing.
- Get regular checks. Stay up to date on your annual physical and necessary health tests. Screens can help identify health problems to be treated.
- Drink more water. Consuming sugary drinks, such as juice or soft drinks, can cause liver damage, premature aging and anxiety. Also avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
- Count nutrients, not calories. Focus on improving the overall quality of your diet and not hanging on to calories. Achieve this by adding more fiber, protein and probiotics to your diet.
If you're just doing one thing in 2021, consider taking your time. Identify the activities that make you happy or fulfilled and prioritize them. Talk to your doctor or mental health professional for guidance and support in lifestyle changes.
As the COVID-19 pandemic and winter season continues, you may be able to fight the urge to eat your emotions. Although eating stress can be soothing at first, you will probably not feel better in the end. Consuming excess calories in a sitting can cause fatigue, bloating, stomach upset and weight gain over time. Consider the following ways to deal with stress eating:
- Pamper yourself in moderation. Everything is OK in moderation, just do not overdo it. Set a limit before taking the first bite.
- Check portion sizes. On a similar note, snacks are easy to catch and go by portioning them to help you save time and avoid overeating.
- Increase nutritional value. Introduce healthy changes or additions to your favorite submissions. For example, consider replacing pasta with zucchini noodles or adding healthy toppings to ice cream that you can refill instead.
- Select "busy snack." Choose healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, e.g. like eating popcorn or dipping apple slices in peanut butter.
It can also be helpful to incorporate exercise or pay attention to activities in your routine when you want to stress. It's about finding a strategy that will help you feel better in the long run.
Winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood products and donations to meet the patient's needs. Therefore, the national blood donor month is celebrated every January. This month, decide to be a blood donor and consider the following health benefits of donating blood regularly:
- Detects health problems —Donated blood is tested so you can find out if any irregularities have been detected. You must also undergo a quick health check before donating blood.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease —Donation can help eliminate excess iron in the blood, which can lower the risk of a heart attack.
- Burns Calories —The donation process usually burns 650 calories.
Before you roll up your sleeves and commit to being a regular blood donor, make sure you meet the American Red Cross requirements to safely donate blood.
We all here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!