The end of the year is always a time to reflect and make new goals for yourself. Before you can start completing new resolutions, you need to create space for them by ditching old habits that hold you back.
After serving our community of Aliso Viejo for 20 years, we understand what habits our patients have that hinder their health and happiness. If you would like to meet with our medical professionals to understand how to make your lifestyle better, come into our office. No appointment is needed.
Habits can be hard to break, but understanding the effects of them can help give you a kick start to a more positive mindset.
Ditch these habits and start your new year on a positive note:
Not Getting Enough Sleep
According to the Sleep Foundation, studies show that 45% of Americans lack sufficient quality sleep on a daily basis. Quality sleep (and getting enough of it) is just as important for the human body as food and water. Getting an inadequate amount of sleep weakens your immune system and your ability to concentrate.
In today’s culture, working extensively is viewed as a productive thing. Working too hard or too long will put you on track for burnout. Stress and overwork not only make you more prone to new illnesses, but they also intensify pre-existing conditions. Take care of yourself by knowing when it is time to rest.
Too Much Screen Time
Every day, we spend more time looking at televisions, phones, tablets, and computers than we realize. With too much online interaction, our health suffers in multiple ways. It’s important to recognize how much time we are glued to a screen and create limits to give ease to your eyes and mind.
One of the most common habits many people are guilty of doing is procrastinating. Putting tasks off and rationalizing completing projects and chores at the last minute only increases stress and anxiety. Your time is precious, and managing it requires practice.
While downtime is good for both your body and mind, too much of it can be detrimental to your health. Physical activity is necessary to stimulate the body’s own natural maintenance and repair system. The more to avoid exercising, the more you put yourself at risk for diseases in the future.
Overthinking weakens your mind’s ability to focus on what is important. Putting constant stress on certain thoughts can lead you to a rut and limits potential opportunities. Taking time to focus on mental rest can be done through meditation or breathwork exercises.
As we reach a new decade, there are many opportunities for reflection and growth. Everyone can benefit from shedding old habits that are preventing you from being a healthier and happier version of yourself.
To seek more advice, reach out to us. Our Urgent Care services are available every day, but some hours will be affected by the holidays.
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December 26th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.