We made it! But while 2020 may be past, unfortunately COVID-19 is still with us.
However, we see relief in sight with vaccines on the way. While waiting, talk with your provider about concerns over vaccine safety and availability. In the meantime, mitigate health risks by getting vaccinated for flu, pneumonia and other common illnesses.
Here are other aspirations for a healthier “you” in the new year:
Improve overall wellness.
A major stressor in 2020 was lack of sleep, which is crucial to overall health and performance. Work and school from home impacted our already fragile work-life balance to add more stress and affect our sleep time. Try to follow a nightly ritual to lull you from worries to sleep. As with children, set strict sleep and wake schedules.
Working from home is now part of the new normal for some. Following a schedule makes the transition easier, particularly for people who need structure. Other ways to optimize remote working environments include:
Imagine starting a new year without worrying about our weight. But with 2020 stress eating, many of us need to shed some pounds. There’s a plethora of fad diets, but the best rule is to eat less, eat in moderation and exercise more.
While in-studio and gym workouts are still limited, there are plenty of online fitness programs. Also, consider losing extra pounds by working around the house or in the yards. One Poll found that homeowners burn more than 80,000 calories yearly by working in the yard and gardening. This type of exercise incorporates endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. And at the end of the day, you’ve accomplished a goal.