A new year is upon us, and with that comes the question we are asked every year: what is your New Year’s resolution? While some set specific goals for their personal, family or professional life, others set an intention or word for the year. As we embark on a new year, TriStar Health invites you to focus on your health in 2022, including physical, mental and emotional health. These five healthy habits are simple ways we can all choose to become healthier in 2022.
- Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks. Dr. Hunter Johnson, a family medicine physician with TriStar Health, says many people struggle with drinking enough water each day. “Drinking water keeps you hydrated which helps keep your energy up throughout the day,” said Dr. Johnson. Water is also important for protecting kidney function and maintaining metabolism. Drinking too many sugary drinks can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and many other health conditions.
- Find new ways to add walking or exercising to your daily routine. This could be as simple as taking the stairs or scheduling time throughout the day to take a quick five-minute walk around the office. “Remaining sedentary for extended periods of times leads to increased fatigue, decreased metabolism and even loss of muscle mass over time,” said Dr. Johnson.
- Learn or try something new. Sometimes we all need a change of pace. We may have hobbies we love, but it can be great to step outside our comfort zone and read a book about a topic we are interested in or try out a new hobby.
- Seek out moments of gratitude in your day. It is so easy to let the stresses and challenges of life take over our thoughts and mood. One way to combat this is with intentional gratitude. Take a few moments each day to set your mind on the things in life you are grateful for, and maybe even share your gratitude with others. “Mental health is an essential aspect of our daily lives. Our mental health can affect other medical conditions and also plays a crucial role in handling day-to-day stressors,” said Dr. Johnson.
- Schedule and attend preventative visits with your primary care physician. Annual visits with your primary care physician can be so important to your overall health. It is a time you can sit down with your provider and share any health concerns. Dr. Johnson also encourages patients to keep up with their regular cancer screenings like mammograms, colonoscopies and lung cancer screenings if they qualify.
TriStar Health has a network of primary care providers across multiple locations in Middle Tennessee. For a free physician referral, go to TriStarHealth.com or call (615) 342-1919.