• Dr. Nicole Knapp

4 Resolutions for Better Health in 2018

Even though New Year’s resolutions may seem a bit cliché, it is hard to deny the fact that the start of a new year is the perfect time to step back, re-evaluate, and decide what things we want to do or change before another year goes by. If health is a priority in your life, or if you would like to make it more of a priority in the new year, here are 4 of Dr. Nicole's health tips to consider when drafting your New Year’s resolutions this year.

Prioritize Health Expenses in your Budget

If your health is important to you, but you have little room in your budget for health expenses other than the basics it may be time to re-think your priorities. Make room in your budget for regular adjustments, organic foods, and massages in order to proactively invest more in your health. Carve out more time for things like cooking at home, exercising outdoors, and relaxation rather than spending money going out and eating out frequently.

Go to Bed Before 11 p.m.

While most of us have heard that we should aim for eight hours of sleep per night for optimal health, you may not know that exactly when we get those eight hours is important too. Some experts say that going to bed before 11 p.m. is helpful for regulating our circadian rhythm and for healthy cortisol levels.

Get Out in Nature

Kill two birds with one stone by walking in the great outdoors. A brisk walk in nature will have all the benefits of exercise in addition to positively affecting mood. Studies coming out of Stanford University have found that blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex slows down after a walk in nature. This part of the brain is associated with dwelling on negative thoughts!

Limit Time on Social Media While social media certainly has its benefits, a research study out of Denmark last year showed that participants who took a break from social media for just one week were happier than those who continued their normal usage. This may be because social media use can lead to comparison with others, based on a standard that is often not consistent with reality. 

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