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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.

New Year’s Resolutions That Should Be on Our List

(But Probably Aren’t)

T

he new year is upon us , which makes now a great time to review our 2018 resolutions

(particularly how successful we’ve been at achieving them) and chart a course for an

even better 2019 with a fresh set of resolutions designed to build a better us. Ready,

set, go!

Wait ... not so fast. The overwhelming majority of lists start and end with resolutions re-

lated to eating habits and/or exercise goals (with or without weight loss in mind). Those are

important aspects of our health and wellness, but we shouldn’t stop there.

Here are some of the best ways to improve ourselves next year that, more often than not,

won’t show up on the average person’s list of New Year’s resolutions, even though they should be close to or at the top.

Add them to our list today and get ready to enjoy a

healthier, happier 2019!

Laugh It Up: Want to reduce stress, boost our heart

rate (in a good way), increase circulation, optimize

our immune response, improve sleep and even burn

calories? All it takes is a little laughter, which pro-

motes health in these and other ways. And from a

pure quality-of-life perspective, who can question

the power of laughter to improve one’s sense of well-

being and enjoyment? Just try to have a bad day while

you’re laughing!

Say No to Stress: It can be a killer, particularly in its

chronic form, so resolve to deal with stress whenever

it raises its ugly head and prevent its severity before

it even strikes. Stress elevates blood levels of cortisol,

a hormone associated with obesity and heart disease.

Stress can also cause GI problems, depression and headaches, according to research.

How can we reduce stress? Stick to our resolution! Are we managing your time well? Are we confined to a desk all day?

Are we getting enough sleep? When a stressful situation arises, do we stay calm, or do we let stress win out? Answering

these questions is the first step in the right direction.

Get More ZZZs: Most of us take sleep for granted and just “let it happen” when it happens. Big mistake. In today’s

busy world, we all need to prioritize sleep – how much we get, when we get it and how we get it. Do we sleep through

the night or do we toss, turn and wake up multiple times? It could be the wrong mattress or pillow. Do you stay up too

late and wake up too early? Adjust our schedule to ensure we get at least seven hours a night. Do we prepare properly for

restful, restorative sleep? Make our bedroom a sleep room. Sleep and health are inexorably intertwined. If we care about

our health – and we know we do – then care about our sleep.

Time to Let It Out: Communication may be the most overlooked aspect of our mental and physical health these days.

Sure, we communicate constantly on our electronic devices (often anonymously, which is another story), but how often

do we actually talk to one another? Here’s another question: How often do we honestly share our thoughts with other

people? Sadly, not as much as we used to, and our health is suffering. Holding things in is one of the biggest contributors

to stress and the health consequences.

In 2019, resolve to let things out, rather than keeping them in. Whether it’s writing in a diary, setting up a regular time

to talk to a loved one, or just reminding ourselves not to keep everything in, let it all out!

Give a Hug, Get a Hug: The power of a hug is undeniable. Just give one (or get one) and you’ll feel an immediate differ-

ence in your life. But don’t just rely on personal experience

for the proof. Research suggests hugging promotes release

of “the bonding hormone” (oxytocin). Hugging reduces

heart rate, promotes relaxation, reduces cortisol levels and

may improve immune function courtesy of increased oxy-

tocin production. Hugs are scientifically healthy for you; so

give one (and get one) as often as you can.

As we debate our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, con-

sider adding these five to your list. Why not?

This information should not be substituted for medical

or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns,

decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and

counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with

your updated medical history.

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