We Worry More About Our Parents’ Health Than Our Own
When it’s New Year resolutions time we tend to think about our health. We want to eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more, stress less. Moreover, we tend to think about the health of our loved ones. Approximately, two-thirds of people think about the health of their loved ones, especially of their parents.
Dr. Petra Simic, the clinical director at Bupa Health Clinics in the UK, said: “The research shows that people put more focus on their loved ones’ health at the cost of their own.It’s wonderful to see what a caring nation we are, but it’s important to understand that looking after ourselves actually gives us the ability to look after others, and is just as important. Regardless of the time of year, couples can work together on setting goals and helping each other to achieve them.”
What do we tend to worry about the most? According to the recent research from the Bupa Health Clinics, when it comes to the health of our loved ones we worry about: the level of stress stress (30%), sleep (29%), niggling ailments for example persistent cough or back pain (26%), exercising (24%), working too hard (22%), being overweight (22%), eating too much junk food (17%), drinking alcohol excessively (15%), not walking enough and high blood pressure (14%).
Mental Health New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions. Although these resolutions seem ridiculous to many of us, they can work if we commit to them. I have a friend who decided that she will learn a new skill each year. So far she learned web design and the German language. What’s next? Also, you can make a New Year’s resolution about a certain virtue, for example, this year will be the year when I will become more patient than I was last year. When we master one virtue each year, who knows where we will be in ten years. Ask yourself: how do you interact with loved ones? How productive are you at work? What would you like to improve?
Instead of dieting for one week or two because you decided to lose weight this year, try having a better body image be your New Year’s resolution. This year I will love myself more than I did in 2017.
Furthermore, join a group of interesting people instead of joining a gym. Meet a new group of people who love hiking just like you. With this decision you will interact with people more, you will be physically active, and most definitely you will feel better mentally once you connect with nature more profoundly. Join dancing classes! Follow your intuition and passion! Make a decision that you will take care of yourself in a great way in 2018, not just physically, but mentally as well.