4 Ways to Improve Your Health in the New Year

Making resolutions is a popular way to get a fresh mindset for the next 12 months, but many people have a hard time keeping their New Year’s resolutions longer than a few weeks. There are many different strategies you can use to keep your resolutions, such as by breaking down major goals into a series of small, actionable steps. But arguably, the most important strategy is to plan for how you will get back on track when you begin to go off course. If you’re struggling to meet your health goals, consider speaking with a provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Be a Non-Smoker
There are scores of smoking cessation resources available in the U.S ., but all of them require that you take the first step by deciding to be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is an incredibly impactful way to improve not only your own health but the well-being of your loved ones. Children of smokers, for example, are more likely to suffer severe asthma attacks, frequent ear infections, and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Embrace an Active Lifestyle
Regular physical activity reduces your risk of chronic diseases, improves your body’s ability to manage certain medical conditions such as diabetes, and helps fight depression and anxiety disorders. Being active can be more enjoyable when you invite a friend or family member to run, walk, or bike with you. If you have a medical condition, consider speaking with your doctor about starting a new exercise program.

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Getting enough sleep every night assists with chronic disease prevention. Good sleep hygiene includes following a consistent sleep/wake schedule, avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evening, keeping your bedroom dark, and maintaining a comfortable bedroom temperature.

Apply for a Volunteer Position
Volunteering in a hospital, homeless shelter, or elsewhere might not seem like a health goal at first blush. But it’s a great way to cultivate your positive mood and manage stress effectively. Mental health is as important as physical health, so it should factor into your resolutions.

From emergency care to cancer care and in all our other departments, the dedication of our providers to improving the well-being of our patients is unparalleled. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in wellness and we encourage families throughout the San Jose area to explore our healthcare resources. Call (888) 762-8881 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse line.

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