One of the tips my professors gave me in nursing school on our first day was to get organized. They told us to get planners and organize everything as much as possible because our lives for the next two years would revolve around nursing school. As students, we did exactly what we were told. We scheduled our meals, our families, our jobs, and our social lives (or lack thereof) around homework assignments, clinical rotations, and lectures. Although it was not easy, it taught me the value of time and what one can accomplish when managing their time appropriately.
As the year begins, I want to encourage you to re-evaluate where and how you are spending your time. Do you have healthy eating habits? Do you exercise? Do you find yourself binging on tv or spending hours and hours browsing social media? These are all things I found in my own life that needed to be addressed. So what did I do? I fell back into old habits and bought a planner. Science has proven over the years that we are more likely to remember things if we write them down. Here are a few steps that all of us can take this year to make our lives a little less stressful, a little more manageable, and hopefully a lot more healthy!
- Have goals and make them realistic.
For me, taking vitamins is an unbearable chore. I have always hated and always will. But I don’t want to be vitamin deficient. Too many diseases result from vitamin deficiency like scurvy, rickets, beriberi, and pellagra to name a few. So I have decided to eat more foods that naturally contain vitamins: fruits, green, leafy vegetables, and whole wheat breads and pastas. To supplement this, I have also decided to get a Myers’ Cocktail twice a month. It contains all of the B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin C. I hadn’t heard about this Myers’ Cocktail before I came to Accesa Health; but now that I have, I couldn’t have imagined a more realistic way to meet my goals. I get all the vitamins I need for a couple of weeks in a matter of minutes; and the best part is I don’t have to swallow any pills!
- Have a manageable time table.
Over-scheduling is something that most of us have gotten into trouble with at one time or another. So make sure to schedule what you are capable of doing. That way you don’t always feel like you’re behind or catching up on things that you forgot to do or did not have time for. As humans, we operate better when we have a regular schedule. Make it a point to go to the same class at the gym every week or grocery shop on the same day weekly or bi-monthly. If you need a pick-me-up here and there for your energy levels, I recommend the B12 Injection or a Lipotropic Injection. Both give a great energy boost and help regulate sleep.
- Have a good reason.
I don’t know about you, but unless I really want something there is no reason for me to put the time and effort into making it happen. Recently, I sat down with my new planner and thought about what I wanted to accomplish this upcoming year and why I wanted to accomplish them. It’s important to take into account all the factors that may affect your likelihood of success. How much time will it take? Are there any special requirements that need to happen beforehand? How much does it cost? Then decide if it is something that you really think you can and should do to make your life better. For me, it was joining the gym. I know that I really enjoy group classes, and I am terrible about working out on my own. Is it worth the monthly fee? The gas? The time? Well, if I am now consistently working out, enjoying my time doing it, and feel great about myself; then it was definitely worth it!
So what’s the positive change in your life that you’re going to make happen?!