Gentle Primary Care and Dr Mehjabin Parkar would want to wish you and your loved ones a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make this the year for you and your family lead a healthier lifestyle. Here are a some tips, tricks and motivational quotes to help make those New Year’s Resolutions stick:
H – ealth
“The first wealth is health.” (Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Make health a priority this year. Love yourself and your health should be more than the absence of disease.
A – ttitude
“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” (Source: Joseph Addison)
A positive attitude may not cure a disease. Although, thinking in a positive way can help you deal with discomforts and day to day difficult situations , make the most of your situation and enjoy life more.
P – hysical activity
“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” (Source: Joan Welsh)
Any kind of Physical activity helps improve health and fitness, helps maintain a healthy body weight and lowers the risk for several chronic diseases and conditions.
P – eople
“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it…” (Source: Dr. Karl Menninger)
Various clinical studies indicate social networks, whether formal such as a club or a community organization or informal hanging with friends ,make people less vulnerable to ill health and premature death. Be careful, however, of social support that drains you through people being too needy or encouraging you to engage in harmful behaviors.
Y – our body
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” (Source: Jim Rohn)
Schedule annual physical checkups and exams as needed: eyes, teeth, mammogram, colonoscopy, general physical, etc.
N – O!
“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” (Source: Josh Billings)
Learn to manage your time whether by taking a time management class to your “to do” list, consider starting a “don’t do” (black)list.Never forget that LESS can bring MORE enjoyment to your life. Cut down unnecessary activities and that which are just an obligation.
E – at healthy
“Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.” (Source: Anne Wilson Schaef)
It’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy and fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients. Make every bite count.
W – isdom
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.” (Source: Chinese Proverb)
You should take time to listen to your own body. Rather than setting your goals based on how other people do, how much they earn or what they wear you , concentrate on what makes YOU healthy.
Y – our hands
“Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.” (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Instructions on washing your hands, especially during the pandemic.
* Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
* Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
* Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
* Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
* Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
E – nough sleep
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” (Source: Irish Proverb)
A third of US adults are reported to get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Here are a few habits to improve your sleep:
* Be regular. Be punctual about the time you go to bed each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
* Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
* Remove electronic devices such as TVs, computers, and phones from the bedroom.
* Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
* Don’t use tobacco.
* Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
A – void portion distortion
“Never eat more than you can lift.” (Source: Miss Piggy, Muppet character)
Rather than worry so much about “what” you eat, consider “how much” you eat. Eat 1/3 of your appetite. Have smaller portions. Eat from plates and bowls rather than packages and bags, so you see how much you’re eating.
R – eading materials
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” (Source: Mark Twain)
Consider the source before starting a new drastic diet or exercise plan. Beware of plans that:
* Promise quick, dramatic results
* Charge large fees for consultations, equipment, supplements, etc.
* Rely solely on testimonials and statements from “professionals” with unusual-sounding degrees.
Mehjabin Parkar, MD
Gentle Primary Care
Sugarland | Richmond | Stafford | Missouri City Texas