We all know how difficult it can be to recover from that holiday-season binge. Getting back on a healthy, positive track for the new year often seems unachievable. However, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and it definitely isn’t impossible. Here are a few health tips for the new year—some random, small, yet important things you can do to develop some healthy habits.

  1. Baby Your Skin – Your skin deserves some love! In the winter season, dry skin is a common ailment, easily remedied by occasionally rubbing lotion over your hands and feet. This is also a good relaxation activity at the end of a long day.
  2. Take Your Meds – All too often, patients with chronic illnesses skip their medications, thinking, “What could it hurt?” There is a reason why the bottle says “take daily,” and thereby it is important to abide and not skip a day.
  3. Get Some Sun – Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the sun disappears. Vitamin D is crucial for healthy bones and is not a nutrient that you can easily get from food. Taking walks or lounging in the sun (depending on where you live) can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining a healthy skeletal system.
  4. But Don’t Forget the Sunscreen! – The sun is just as strong in winter as in summer, no matter how cold it feels, so sunscreen is also just as important. Don’t neglect your skin health.
  5. Make Time For Yourself – Despite popular belief, constant busy-ness does not always improve your life or happiness. It’s important to take a break once in a while and take time for yourself. This helps lower stress and anxiety levels, elevate mood, and improve your immune system – highly important in the winter season.
  6. Eat Fruit, Don’t Drink It – Juice is a popular alternative to water, particularly when advertised as 100% natural. However, most of the nutrients and benefits of consuming fruits are disintegrated when juiced. Therefore, it is always better to eat fruit rather than drink it. It is also impossible to know exactly what goes in processed anything; the same applies for fruit juice.
  7. Keep Exercising – Being active is always a key part of staying healthy. Don’t slack off from your activities; keep moving, no matter your level of energy.
  8. Eat AT LEAST Three Meals a Day – In other words, don’t skip breakfast! It is true that what you eat in the morning, or don’t eat, dictates the way you feel throughout the rest of the day. Also, eating more, smaller meals rather than three large ones also helps with digestion and keeps your energy levels high.
  9. Drink LOTS of Water – Of course, still as important as always! Choose water over any other consumable liquid, and your body will thank you.
  10. Be Thankful – Practicing gratitude has been proven to increase emotional, interpersonal, and physical health benefits. It is simple yet provides you with great satisfaction and joy. This is probably one of the most important health tips for the new year.

We hope these health tips for the new year prove helpful for you! From the Trinity Medical Group family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!