7 Ways to Make This Your Healthiest Year Yet
Committed to making your physical and mental health a priority this year? Focus on building healthy habits over time.
The Better Health Advisors team wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy new year.
The past few years have been rough on our health. In fact, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the average American life expectancy shortened by more than seven months in 2021. Covid played a big role in that, but drug overdoses, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease also took more lives last year.
How can we improve these numbers? One person at a time. To boost your own personal life expectancy, take better care of yourself. If you’re committed to making your physical and mental health a priority, focus on building healthy habits over time. Your health is your greatest asset, and it’s worth the effort.
7 Steps to Take for Better Health
- Have a plan in place. The start of a new year is a great time to take a more proactive approach to your health, from building your medical team, to knowing where to go in an emergency, to doing the math on healthcare costs.
- Focus on nutrition. After a decadent holiday season, you may be tempted to kick off the year with a diet. Before you try a new diet, even if it worked for a friend or family member, talk to a nutritionist to make sure you’re giving your body what it needs.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is an essential part of good health. A sleep deficiency can weaken your immune system and raise your risk of various illnesses. If you experience insomnia, this list from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine has some helpful reminders.
- Lower your stress level. Chronic stress takes a toll on your health. If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, take it seriously. Learn about the health benefits of meditation, and consider seeking mental health treatment.
- Exercise more. If you haven’t worked out in a while or you’re starting a new exercise routine, take it slow and listen to your body. Be sure you’re taking full advantage of your insurance benefits — your plan may offer discounts or coaching.
- Take your medication. If you’ve been prescribed a medication, take it according to your doctor’s directions. Some medications must be taken at a particular time of day, so set yourself reminders if you need them. If you want to stop taking the medication, talk to your doctor first. Going “cold turkey” can be dangerous.
- Face your healthcare fears. If you’ve been putting off a certain test or appointment because you’re nervous about the outcome, now is the perfect time to make that call.
Ready to take charge of your health in the new year? Better Health Advisors is here to support you along the way.
We can help you find great providers and healthcare facilities near you, including concierge doctors. We offer guidance on everything from managing a chronic illness to arranging for mental health and substance abuse treatment. If you need help navigating the healthcare system, reach out to us.