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Taking Charge of Your Health in the New Year

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Taking Charge of Your Health in the New Year

Maximize Your Health in the New Year: A Comprehensive Guide

The new year is a time for resolutions and fresh starts, and what could be more important than your health? At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we believe that your health should be your top priority, and we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain it in the new year and beyond.

In this blog, we will outline some ways you can improve your health in 2023 – from eating better to getting more exercise to seeing a doctor regularly. We hope this information will help you make healthy choices for yourself and your loved ones in the coming year!

1. Set realistic and attainable goals.

When it comes to health and wellness, even the best intentions may be unfulfilled if we set impossible standards for ourselves. You should set realistic goals that you can achieve, regardless of whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or start exercising more frequently. Start small and work your way up as needed — even small changes can make a big difference in your overall health!

2. Eat the rainbow.

This one is a given; fruits and vegetables are packed with colors and nutrients that are essential for our bodies! They're also low in calories, so they can help you maintain a healthy weight.

A balanced diet is one of the key components of good health, and variety is a must. Ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need for good health by including a variety of colors in your diet. Feel free to experiment with new foods such as kale, quinoa, and other nutrient-rich options.

3. Get active.

It is no secret that exercise has numerous health benefits — it helps to improve mood, reduce stress, and prevent many chronic illnesses. It is important to find an activity that you enjoy so that you are more likely to stick with it over the long term. If the gym isn't your jam, try an outdoor activity like hiking or biking instead.

No matter your fitness level, there is a way to incorporate physical activity into your life. Whether it's going for a morning walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, small changes can lead to significant results!

4. Drink more water.

Our bodies require water to function properly. It helps flush out toxins, aids in digestion, and keeps our skin looking healthy. Keep your body hydrated by drinking eight glasses of water every day!

It will also help if you give yourself access to water everywhere — in the car, at your desk, and on the go. To do so, we recommend carrying a reusable water bottle!

We also understand that drinking H20 can get boring at some points throughout the day, so we recommend enhancing your water-drinking experience by adding some flavor. To make it more enjoyable, you can use fruits and vegetables such as cucumber slices, oranges, or even mint.

5. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine.

Did you know that alcohol and caffeine can negatively affect sleep, energy levels, and overall health? If you want to improve your health in 2023, aim to reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

Alcohol can disrupt our sleep cycles and decrease the quality of our rest, while caffeine can make us feel jittery and anxious. If you want to improve your health, try replacing these beverages with herbal teas or other low-caffeine alternatives.

6. Take the proper steps to reduce viruses.

The last year has seen an increase in viruses and diseases, so it is vital to take the necessary precautions to protect your health. This means washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask when you go out in public, and social distancing when possible.

It is also recommended that you get vaccinated for any illnesses or infections that are going around. Although these methods may seem small and insignificant, they are vital in keeping you and your loved ones safe.

You might also like: Immunization Information for Every Age

7. Get enough sleep.

Sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. It helps improve our moods, boost energy levels, and strengthen our immune system. Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night and ensure your sleeping environment is comfortable and calming.

We recommend avoiding screens — like television and phones — at least an hour before bed. The blue light these devices emit can disrupt our sleep cycles and make it harder to fall asleep.

8. Make time for self-care.

Taking care of ourselves and our mental health is essential, especially in times of stress. Self-care is about activities that make us feel good and promote our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Self-care can look different for everyone, but here are some ideas to get started:

  • Take a long bath or shower
  • Practice yoga or meditation
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Go for a walk
  • Try something new

9. See your doctor.

Many of us tend to put off going to the doctor, but regular check-ups are essential for keeping ourselves healthy and catching any potential issues before they become serious. We recommend seeing your primary care physician at least once per year and scheduling an annual physical.

Annual wellness exams can help you stay on top of your health and detect potential problems early. Your doctor can also provide you with personalized advice that is tailored to your individual needs.

Compassionate Healthcare in Ridgecrest, CA

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to helping you and your family achieve your health goals. Learn more about our comprehensive list of services today! Looking forward to seeing you in 2023 — here's to a healthy and happy year!