3 wellness tips for the new year

by Dr Donna Robinson
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As the new year rolls around, the idea of a “new year’s resolution” becomes more realistic than ever. Local gyms start to become more appealing and a green smoothie a day seems to sound better than a morning cup of caffeine. Old habits of eating takeout and watching TV until midnight with a beer handy start to sound like a distant memory.

A new year, a clean slate, a time to become the version of yourself you always wanted to be. The idea of “health is wealth” should begin to take precedence in you mind. It’s time to start the new year, and what better way to do this than to set yourself some goals which will work to improve your health both physically and mentally. Although new year’s resolutions may be perceived as daunting, this article will provide simple solutions and advice that will allow goals to become possible and give you a sense of achievement when the positive benefits begin to show.


Improving fitness levels, daily exercise, joining a gym … one of the world’s most popular new year’s resolutions. It is known that the benefits of having a healthy level of fitness can be life changing. Your overall mood will improve, your memory will become sharper and the levels of concentration you will be able to sustain throughout the day will be more than impressive. Furthermore, through the act of physical activity, blood pressure levels will drop and the risk of health conditions and diseases will decrease. Daily physical activity will also work to prevent the risks of heart problems, type 2 diabetes, and a range of other cardiovascular diseases that could harm the body. However, having the motivation to improve your fitness levels, as well as sustain these fitness levels can seem like the world’s greatest challenge. It requires time management, commitment and perseverance, but it is definitely possible.

A few ways to make the routine of regular exercise sound a little less strenuous could involve finding a workout buddy. This buddy could be your husband, wife, best friend, or anyone who shares the same goals as you do. Having someone by your side when working out will be more fun, less serious, and give you something to look forward to. The idea of teamwork and a team effort will provide moral support and hopefully motivate you further to continue to pursue your new year’s resolution of keeping fit. On the other hand, if you prefer to workout alone, joining a gym or scheduling workouts in advance may help you will time management and make

regular exercise a more possible component in your daily routine. Another way to stay active is to participate in sporting activities. Playing sport can be enjoyed by everyone, despite their athletic abilities.

Not only does it allow the body to receive its daily intake of exercise, but it can open doors to many social opportunities. From recreational participation, to extremely competitive tournaments, sport will allow you to meet new people, make lifelong friends, as well as keeping your body healthy and strong. This exercise can vary from a walk in the park to a quick session of your preferred sport with friends. It’s vital to maintain an active daily routine.

Quit smoking

Another resolution that has been tackled by many throughout the years. It’s a habit that everyone wishes to stop, but is one of the hardest to shake off. There are many remedies that are said to aid and encourage the act of quitting smoking, these vary from joining support groups and participating in hypnosis therapy, to taking matters into your own hands and finding a self-help book. Another recommendation to combat this new year’s resolution is to try prescription medication that is generally used to treat a nicotine addiction. One option in this direction is CHAMPIX Varenicline Tartrate. This works as a nicotinic receptor and stimulates nicotine receptors more weakly than nicotine itself does. Another alternative can be Bupropion. This also works to decrease the amount of smoking per individual by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects that come with a more limited amount of smoking. These types of solutions can help to make your new year’s resolution of quitting smoking seem more achievable and not just a hopeful goal in the distant future. However, like any form of medicine, it should be taken with care a doctor should be consulted to provide any information or cautions prior.



As we all are aware, the month of December is a time of reflecting on the past year, planning ahead for the new year, and of course, parties. From Christmas brunches, to New Year’s Eve night, it is a easy to assume that alcohol will be involved. As you wake up on New Year’s Day with your head pounding and stomach churning, you mutter the words, “I’m never drinking again”, into your pillow.

There it is, another new year’s resolution that is taken on by many. This particular resolution can vary in degree from quitting drinking completely to only limiting yourself to a few drinks on weekends or special occasions. Some people may quit or limit their drinking because they simply feel it is not a necessity in their lives. Others may make this change because the idea of drinking themselves into oblivion doesn’t seem too appealing anymore.

Now, there’s no denying that a bit of alcohol here and there isn’t fun and a nice way to unwind. A chilled glass of wine at dinner, a beer and TV with some mates, what’s not to enjoy about that? These are fine, it’s just when you become dependant upon alcohol to unwind or have a good time out is when there is a problem. If you feel as though you might be heading in this direction, these simple steps can help you overcome your resolution during the new year. Below you will find what we like to call a “moderate drinking plan”. It involves nothing too crazy and will only work to benefit you overall.

A moderate drinking lan

• Set a realistic goal for your alcohol use. Decide ahead of time how much and how often you would like to drink.

• Start with a non-alcoholic drink to quench your thirst. When you’re at a social event make sure you have a non￾alcoholic drink to start. Thirst can make you drink more alcohol than you need. This also helps you become more mindful of your drinking.

• Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Make eating part of the experience. Hunger can also make you drink more alcohol than you need.

• Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Don’t have all your alcoholic drinks at once, or you may be tempted to drink more than you planned. Instead have at least one glass of water before each alcoholic drink.

• Avoid heavy drinking situations. Some situations are associated with heavy drinking, and it may be difficult to stick to your plan. Learn to recognise and avoid heavy drinking situations.

If following someone else’s plan doesn’t work for you, there are other ways to achieve limiting your consumption of
alcohol. A fun and unique way to do this would be to create your own rehab. Not only is this personalised but you can change it to adapt to your daily routine and lifestyle. The idea of your own rehab simply involves being so physically busy that you can’t get a hold of alcohol or you are too distracted to even think about alcohol.

This could involve joining a sport team or gym, going on hikes, or even participating in daily classes that gives you an incentive. For some people, this form of a solution may not work due to a limited amount of time or just a disinterest in the idea. Another solution is looking to benzodiazepines. This can be seen as useful for people who have a problem with alcohol and limiting the amount they intake daily. Essentially, benzodiazepines help people deal with the withdrawal symptoms that people may face when attempting to limit or completely cut out their intake of alcohol.

It is important to find balance in your lifestyle, more importantly, a healthy balance. Time must be taken to enjoy all aspects of life, from travelling to indulging in delicious foods. Fitting in time to exercise and manage your fitness levels should not come as a burden. It is important to blend in the idea of a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine and remain educated when it comes to sustaining positive mindset throughout your journey. Hopefully, the new year can mean a positive change for many people that will be sustained long enough to enjoy the positive effects.

Happy New Year.

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