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As the last month of 2017 has begun, many of us are starting to plan our New Year's resolutions. No matter how specific your goals may be, people often aim to be healthier in the new year. From losing weight to eating healthier, we support your health driven goals. Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy in 2018 without having to hit the gym. 

So, without further ado, here are seven simple things you can to become a healthier person in 2018:

1)    Give yourself a bedtime. When I was younger, having a bedtime was pretty much the least cool thing I could imagine. I couldn’t wait to get to that golden age where bedtimes were out the window and it was all-nighters all-the-time. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to the realization that bedtimes are actually a gift, a very special gift that I don’t give myself nearly enough. Sleep is incredibly important, and it’s impossible at this point to deny how much of a huge impact it has on your overall health. So if you want to be healthier and feel healthier this year, make sure you’re giving yourself a bedtime and sticking to it as much as possible!

2)    Stop and smell the roses. It sounds weird, but in the fast-paced 21st century we’re always going going going. We’re in hyper-speed at work, at home, and pretty much all the time, and we rarely ever slow down. We like to view it as being “efficient”, but the reality is that we’re just in a constant state of stress and busy-ness, which can make it difficult to appreciate all the little things in life that make us happy. It’s important to make time for yourself to relax and to appreciate the good things in life. This helps breed gratitude, and gratitude is actually super healthy!

3)    Cut out the negativity in your life. Whether it’s coming from a friend, from a loved one, or is a result of an event you’re participating in, get rid of it. A negative atmosphere is one of the largest inhibitors to good mental health, and mental health is just as important (if not more important) than physical health.

4)    Make a list. “Healthy” looks different to everyone. Before you can start making changes, it’s important for you to determine what “being healthier” means to you. Are you talking about mental health? Emotional health? Physical health? What does that look like? How can you accomplish that? Without knowing what your end game looks like, it’s almost impossible to take the steps necessary to get there.

5)    Think small. The road to becoming a healthier person is a long one, and the best thing you can do is to take it one step at a time. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, remember to pace yourself. If you want to work out more, start with one or two workouts a week and work yourself up to more. If you want to cut calories, start by cutting a small amount like 100 rather than trying to cut out 500 off the bat. Slow and steady wins the race, and taking a cautious and measured approach to becoming healthier can keep you from burning out a few weeks into the process.  

We hope these tips will help you achieve your health-related goals in the New Year. During the last month in 2017, be sure to consider how you can make 2018 an even better year. 

Happy Holidays from your Northeast Nebraska Imaging!

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