Making changes to your lifestyle takes time. An effective way to stick
to your New Year’s resolutions is to make a series of small changes
instead of trying to completely overhaul your lifestyle overnight. Consider
which health changes are most important to you and focus on those first.
For example, if you are a heart attack or stroke survivor, your priority
might be to prevent another emergency visit to the heart hospital or stroke
care team. The physicians of
Regional Medical Center of San Jose are your partners in wellness.
Enlist Your Family and Friends
A little support can go a long way toward reaching your goals. When making
healthy lifestyle changes, you might try to involve the whole family.
Invite your significant other to visit a farmers’ market with you
for fresh vegetables or ask your kids to play a game of catch.
Kick the Cigarette Habit
If you smoke, you probably already understand that cigarettes can kill
you in many different ways. They increase your risk of suffering a heart
attack, developing cancer, requiring stroke care, and developing other
serious medical problems. Consider talking to your doctor about methods
of kicking the habit, such as prescription medications, nicotine replacement
products, counseling, and support groups. When you feel the craving for
a cigarette, find a healthier way to distract yourself until the craving
passes. Call a supportive friend, go outside for a walk, or brush your
teeth to reduce your urge to smoke.
Practice Healthier Responses to Stressors
Chronic stress affects many people and over time, it may lead to health
problems. Although it may not be possible to completely eliminate your
stressors, you can work on changing the way you react to them. When you
feel stressed out, take a deep breath, stretch to release muscle tension,
and ask yourself whether the issue is truly worth worrying about.
Families throughout San Jose are invited to take advantage of the
classes and events available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We regularly offer exercise
groups, stroke care groups, and other classes to supports the wellness
of our neighbors. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881 for
general information about our hospital services, including stroke care,
heart health, breast care, and robotic surgery.