As we look back on 2015, we start to reflect on the changes we want to make in 2016. With a new year comes the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, and make some changes for the better. Have you already made your New Year’s Resolution list?
Check out our list of the top 10 ideas to add to your New Year’s Resolution list:
- Quit Smoking
- Cut Down on Alcohol
- Eat Healthy
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Brush and Floss
- Visit the Dentist Regularly
- Try Something New
- Smile More!
This will probably be one of the most difficult habits to break but one where the rewards will definitely be worth it. Smoking is an unhealthy habit that negatively affects your whole body, including bad breath and stained teeth, to name a few. With a lot of dedication and will power, you can make 2016 the year that you kick off this bad habit once and for all.
Most of us have probably experienced the short-term effects of alcohol, from a bad night’s sleep to a bad hangover. That is nothing compared to the long-term effects which include liver disease, heart disease and cancer. You can still enjoy a drink, but cutting down your alcohol intake will have a positive impact on your general health. Find out what the government’s lower risk guidelines are for your alcohol consumption.
After a month of eating gingerbread cookies and candies at holiday parties, January is the perfect time to change your eating habits. Cut down on the sugar, sodium and carbs, and start incorporating lots of greens into your diet. This change will not only help you look great, but it will also have an effect on the way you feel. Here are some healthy meals that only require 12 minute or less to prepare, to get you started. You’re welcome!
This is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. It is easy enough to start an exercise program but difficult to stick to throughout the year. The trick is to find something that you love and can incorporate into your daily routine. This year, why not try something different such as yoga, kickboxing, or a dance class?
Probably one of the most underrated resolutions, sleep is extremely important in living a healthy lifestyle. A good night’s sleep will positively affect your mood, health, mind and weight. So exactly how much sleep should you be getting a night? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommend that adults (including the elderly) should be getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day.
If your overall wellness is important to you, do not forget about your dental health. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove bacterial plaque and floss once a day to remove plaque stuck in-between your teeth. Brushing and flossing are important steps in preventing gingivitis, tooth decay and bad breath. Make it your resolution to step up your dental game in 2016, and ensure that you also teach your children about the effects of brushing and flossing.
If you haven’t visited the dentist in a while, now is the time to start. You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up. Your dentist will be able to identify any concerns and monitor your dental health before it becomes a bigger concern. Stop procrastinating and schedule those dental treatments that you have been putting off now.
Stress seems almost inevitable with our busy modern lives, but it is said to be one of the biggest killers out there. From wreaking havoc on your heart to making you look older, stress can have a negative impact on your health. The American Psychological Association recommends reducing stress by identifying what’s causing the stress, building strong relationships, walking away when you’re angry, resting your mind and/or getting help.
The New Year is full of promise and change, so go ahead and try something new that has always been on your mind. Keep things interesting and spice up your life by taking that trip you have always dreamed of, learning a new language, taking a cooking class or whatever floats your boat. This year is about you so have fun and enjoy yourself!
Smiling not only makes you happier and healthier, but it is also contagious, thereby making others happier and healthier as well. Just think of this as the resolution that keeps on giving. So flash those pearly whites as much as you can! If you are embarrassed of your smile, book an appointment with your dentist to discuss teeth bleaching or cosmetic dental services that may be suitable for you.