|While the festive period over Christmas and New Year can be a fun and exciting time, it can also be particularly upsetting for some.
It isn’t unusual for people to suffer from January blues, so health chiefs in Lancashire and South Cumbria are encouraging everyone to think about making resolutions that bring positive changes to their health.
Being more active, stopping smoking or drinking less alcohol are great examples of New Year’s resolutions – all of which will reduce your chances of developing long-term health conditions, such as diabetes and lung disease.
Dr Andy Knox, associate medical director for population health for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), the organisation that plans and buys health services for the region, said: “New Year is a great time to commit to making positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle, but it’s also important to think about what it is you want to achieve, set realistic goals and find ways to help you stay motivated.
“Introducing healthy habits and small changes to your lifestyle now could not only help you feel better, but it could have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing.”
Setting goals can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming so making sure they’re realistic for you will help you stick to them.
Finding ones that you can complete in just a few minutes is a great way to start. Here are a few health resolutions that you can complete straight away.
If you’re going to try to make a bigger change like giving up smoking or losing weight there are some simple things you can do to help yourself stick to them:
o Get off the bus a stop earlier than normal and walk a short distance, park a few minutes’ walk away from work or walk the kids to school. Even if you only do it two or three times a week it will make a difference.
o If you want to change your diet start by having a good breakfast in the morning and cutting out sugary snacks.
To find out more about mental health services in Lancashire and South Cumbria visit https://www.lancashireandsouthcumbria.icb.nhs.uk/our-work/mental-health.