Jump Start Your New Year
With good health in body, mind and spirit
Don’t let the winter blues get you down at the start of the new year. It’s easy to feel sad and long for warm summer days during dreary winter nights, but if the feeling lasts, it may be serious. Talk to your doctor if you experience strong symptoms of depression. Those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can struggle with intense depression, lethargy and fatigue throughout the winter months. Find activities you enjoy that can be experienced despite the weather—a weekly movie night with friends, a cross-country skiing weekend or maybe an experimental culinary night in the kitchen with family. Planning fun activities with friends and family can keep your mind active and healthy, and distract you from the cold!
Start the year off on the right foot—with a healthy diet and exercise. If you can strike the right combination of food choices and exercise, you'll be well on your way to ringing in a new year of good health.
Nutrition efficient Try following these standard tips in your eating habits. You will increase your daily energy level and long-term health benefits:
Get moving! It’s that easy…just start moving! There are three main components to a complete and healthy exercise program.
This year, take time to reflect on the good things in life. A healthy lifestyle also means a healthy mind-set. While Thanksgiving is the day we traditionally gather to give thanks for our blessings, giving thanks and living with a sense of gratitude year-round can actually improve both your health and disposition. Studies have shown that grateful people have higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality and optimism, and lower levels of depression and stress. Consider keeping a gratitude journal. Take time weekly to reflect and write down those things for which you are most grateful. The key is to take time to reflect on the positive aspects of life—something many of us forget when times are tough or life gets busy.
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