Fresh Start Solutions – Health

No matter your age or the season, it’s never too late to add healthy habits to your daily routine.

Whether it’s the start of a new year, a birthday, spiritual new beginning, or just the changing seasons, we humans tend to look for opportunities to wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again.

For some, that may mean jump-starting an exercise regimen or eating well. For others, it may mean a commitment to spending more quality time with family and friends..Here are seven ways you might choose to live more fully and healthy all year long.

Place a priority on maintaining your health

Develop an attitude of gratitude.

Being grateful is good for your health. Counting our blessings, not reduces the cause of depression, stress and high blood pressure, but also aids in slowing down some effects of aging.

Commit to becoming more physically fit.

You don’t have to become a world-class marathon runner to improve your physical fitness, just get up and move more.

Maybe just take a leisurely walk around a nearby park twice a week, instead of organizing shopping list by locations in the store, scatter them throughout the store and walk more or just park farther away from the entrance.

Resolve to make quality sleep a priority.

When you are exhausted, it is hard to do at your best. Getting enough quality sleep aid in daily performance it also helps to keep those extra pounds off. Quality sleep habits will reduce some factors for heart attacks, strokes and other chronic disease it will aid in clearer thinking.

Strengthen social relationships.

Socializing with family and friends is more than a just a nice thing to do. Research has


shown that people involved in meaningful relationships are happier, have fewer health issues and live longer.

Interactions with others helps relieve harmful levels of stress, which adversely affect the heart, gut function, insulin levels and the immune system.

The best thing about interacting with others – it doesn’t need spending money or having any special skills.

Look for ways to brighten others lives.

The act of giving has long been considered the most fulfilling thing in our lives.

Humans are programmed to share with others which causes “helper’s high” because of the release of addictive feel- good neurotransmitters according to Jorge Moll of the National Institutes of Health.
Make learning new things a habit.

As we get older learning becomes especially important.

In a study by the Association of Psychological Science memory improves when we take up new skills requiring active engagement and high-level cognitive processes.

Place a priority on maintaining your health.

With all the activities we meet daily it is easy to put off a doctor visit, unless seriously ill, that annual checkup, an eye exam or annual screening. Just as we do the regular maintenance on our cars we need to do the same with ourselves. Good health is the basic foundation of everything we want to do in life.

12 thoughts on “Fresh Start Solutions – Health”

  1. Hi Barry, I love your 7 ways to a healthier life and totally agree with all of them.
    People totally underestimate the power of sleep, bit it is just so crucial and the absolute cornerstone of good health. It also help with blood sugar control and weight loss i have found which is why I make sure to get my 8 hours every night.

    I think this post has cone just in time for people’s New Year’s resolutions 🙂

  2. What a great post! This is a good reminder to all of us. Majority of people nowadays forget the importance of all the things you mentioned in the article. You summed it up perfectly! I really like your post because it’s not too long to read and not too short that it left some important information. It’s just right!

    I’ll definitely keep on coming back to read more of your posts. Please continue the wonderful work that you do.

  3. I love this post, I find it very true and inspirational.
    With the new year now here it’s always a good time to start practicing better healthy daily habits. These are key examples of some of the best habits to have!
    Thank you,

    1. Greatly appreciate your kind comments. As time progresses will be adding more like this plus tracking my own fitness/health goals.

      Thank you

  4. Hi Barry. Thanks for sharing your ideas on the importance of maintaining our health. I couldn’t agree more that an attitude of gratitude is vitally important to keeping an appreciative outlook on life.
    Being socially active and cultivating new friendships not only has the health benefits you have mentioned but also keep our mind growing and active as we get to learn new things from other people that we are interacting with. And, as you mentioned …. its free!
    I haven’t come across the term ‘helpers high’ before, but can definitely relate. It is a real buzz to be able to genuinely offer assistance where it is needed without the expectation of reward. I didn’t realize that the buzz is due to the release of feel-good neurotransmitters being released in my brain.
    Great post, and many thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. This was not where I originally planned to go with my blog. But as is often the case my plans changed due to some unforeseen circumstances. As the New Year begins now is a great time to consider elements of health that are often over looked. I for one would like to understand more about what goes on I’m my brain that I am not ware of or maybe just don’t understand/

      Thank for your kind comments

  5. Hi Barry,

    Great post. I totally agree with your suggestions and have used most of them in my life to improve both my physical and emotional health. The big one for me was making quality sleep a priority. I worked overnight for a few years and it wreaked havoc on me. Luckily I’ve been able to bounce back from that. I have no doubt that anyone following your suggestions will increase the quality of their health and life.

    1. Dan
      Thank you for the kind words. It seems that when we are young we do not take into account the fact that our habits of little or no sleep and basically not caring for ourselves properly would catch up with us.

      I look back now and wonder how did I ever manage to overdo so many little things that now affect me adversely.

    1. Thanks for the nice comments. The article was in part for others as they start their News Year’s resolutions to loose weight and for myself as well. I lost weight on purpose and now struggling to keep it off and my not sleeping has a lot to do with my struggle.


  6. Hi Barry what a dinamic opening statememnt that image is! Wow it puts me immediately in a fresh mode.
    Being very greatful for this post keeping us on track with so many important issues.
    Gratitude is such a good feeling. It puts one in a possitive state of mind and leaves the negative behind.
    Keeping in touch is feeding the soul, it gives one such a meaningful feeling of belonging and warm.
    Woooo yes and fitsness in the latter years becomes a neclected part.
    Looking forward to read more wisdom.
    Bush Lady

    1. Stella
      Thank you for the kind comments. Has been hectic here with that nasty white stuff covering the ground and another round of 4” to 8” coming tomorrow evening.

      Hope the “wisdom” keeps coming so can share.


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