As we settle deeper into the New Year, a lot of us will evaluate whether we’ve been keeping to all the promises we made to ourselves during the ‘new year, new me’ phase. For some of us, this includes health goals in 2022.
To make things easier, we’ve broken down the steps to staying healthy in 2022 into 7 actionable steps.
Be proactive about your health.
If you’re ill, never wait for your condition to deteriorate before going to the hospital. Get an annual health check because it’s easier to treat you when an illness is detected early. Also, get a healthcare plan.
Take your sexual health seriously.
Remember, it isn’t sexy if it isn’t safe. Getting screened for sexually transmitted infections should be one of your health goals in 2022. Also, use protection. If you’re too shy to buy contraceptives in person, there are online pharmacies that afford you some level of privacy.
Prioritise your mental health.
Monitor your stress levels and plan for rest and relaxation. Share your burdens and if you need professional help, do not hesitate to get it. Also, set digital limits because you don’t always have to be ‘always on’, whether it’s Instagram or email.
Get stronger and fitter.
Start slowly and build up. You don’t have to do 50 push-ups at a go or skip rope 1000 times. Rather, you can start small and stay consistent.
Sleep deprivation isn’t the cool badge of honour you may think it is. Adequate sleep is key to preventing stress, as well as a host of physical and mental health conditions.
Check your blood pressure and blood sugar.
Hypertension is a silent killer so tracking your numbers is one of your important health goals in 2022 because it’s the best preventive measure. This applies to diabetes as well, which is a leading cause of kidney failure
Drink more water.
This sounds cliché but drinking enough water impacts the amount of energy you have, how hungry you feel, your ability to concentrate, and how quickly you recover from your workout sessions.
Remember, simple consistent steps add up to your overall wellbeing. Making a few of these tips a part of your life will go a long way in ensuring you stay healthy all year long!