No matter how many loved ones are in your life, no one will ever care more about you than you. So why not start putting you first this year? From unhealthy eating to stress, all of these can negatively impact your day-to-day functioning. “It’s not just about organizing clutter on your desk,” says Peggy Duncan, productivity expert. “It’s also about clutter on your computer, your inbox, and on your mind. All of that adds to unnecessary stress,” she says.
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____Schedule check-ups regularly. Routine health exams are a good preventative measure that can usually catch small problems before they become life threatening. Women should schedule breast exams and pap smears which can greatly reduce their risk of cancer. Men should get colorectal screenings to reduce their risk of cancer, according to Web MD.
___Turn a healthy diet into a lifestyle. A healthy diet can boost energy and morale. You shouldn’t moderate your eating just for the short term. Healthy eating is a lifestyle change. Google makes it easy with a nutrition monitor for you computer’s desktop. Just put in information about weight, height, and age and the icon tells you the appropriate daily intake according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. The USDA also provides tools to help monitor your eating. If a weight-loss plan is on the schedule for the New Year, set a realistic goal and choose a healthy, doctor-approved plan.
___Develop a workout plan. Schedule your walks, trips to the gym, or a run on your weekly calendar like every other appointment and commitment. But if you still can’t find the time to add cardio to your schedule, try adjusting daily routines. If you take public transportation, get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. If you’re running errands, park near the back of the parking lot. Try purchasing a pedometer and wear it to work. Health and wellness organization Kaiser Permanente advises people to make it a goal to take 10,000 steps a day,
____ Get adequate rest. Lack of sleep doesn’t just make you cranky– it can also reduce your ability to concentrate and excel. While the amount of sleep each person needs varies, RNCentral.com recommends most people need 7-9 hours to feel fully rested. While this may not be possible every night, try to sleep a full night whenever you get the chance.
____Keep healthy snacks around. Stock your pantry with fruits and other healthy snacks. You’ll be more likely to reach for these than junk food if you keep them in your home and at your work space. Reduce your intake of sugary delights which can help cut down your sugar consumption. But a little treat now and then is a great way to