It is a new year, so why not make a fresh start towards a healthier, happier you?

Some people want to make positive changes, and while their desire to do so is immense, these changes never occur or only last for a while if implemented.

So how do we address this?

ER24 suggests that people take up the challenge and make minor changes. Start small and make further adjustments to your lifestyle as time goes on.

Below are some tips:

  • Exercise to keep fit. Not everyone likes breaking a sweat. Be it regular walks or a relaxed cycle around the block, swimming, practising in front of the television or taking the stairs instead of lifts… some daily routine is better than nothing. Start small and gradually increase your time spent exercising.
  • Smoking affects not only your health but that of others around you as well. Quit smoking.
  • Make better food choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce salt, sugar and fatty food intake. Also, remember to cut down on portion sizes. If you have run out of meal ideas or need help with making a healthy meal that is more exciting for your taste buds, a simple search on the internet will provide you with several options.
  • Reduce alcohol intake. If you are consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, seek help.
  • Your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical well-being. Talk to close family or friends and seek the help of a professional if you are depressed.
  • Reduce stress and exhaustion. Get enough sleep and rest, take some time off and get involved in fun activities, sports or a hobby. Remember that all work and no “play” can harm your health.
  • Visits to a medical professional are essential. Regular health exams and tests are vital as chances of treatment, or cure are better in most cases if illnesses are detected early.
  • Drugs impact negatively on your health and well-being and could lead to death. Do not use drugs.
  • Believe in yourself and surround yourself with positive people.
  • Family time is significant. Spend time together. Do fun things and have dinner together. Listening, being there for each other, a simple “how was your day or do you need help with anything like homework, for example, makes for a happier family.