Wetin be ya new year resolution? – Emeka Nwolisa

Wetin be ya new year resolution? – Emeka Nwolisa

We haff come again oh. New year resolutions are flying around and everywhere. I shall not do this or I shall do this!

Whether shall or shall not …all na wash. Talk is cheap!  Funny over 50% of people would have broken at least 50% of their resolutions within the first 50 hours of the New Year.   Leff matter…this is an original quotable quote. I’m sure this is your first time to hear it. Abeg, twaale for me.

Common issues for new year  resolutions  include  lifestyle,  work attitude,  religious  and behaviour related ones.  Sadly ,only very few people make and diligently follow up  health related resolutions…they gleefully forget the aphorism that health is wealth. Oya sharp –sharp, if you don’t  have  health related new year resolutions….please draw up one. It’s not late yet. I would proceed to make a few suggestions.

First, love yourself and look after your body. You only have one life to live…enjoy it and live it to the fullest.

The start of a new year is an excellent time to pay attention to  your health . See your doctor and have a full physical examination  and basic medical  investigations  and age related ones like  blood pressure check, blood sugar assessment, serum cholesterol assessment, breast examination, PAP smear  and PSA. You run diagnostics on your car, change engine oil and  service your car routinely. Abeg, this year  run diagnostics  and service your body routinely too. What is good for your car is also good for your body.

Resolve to take sleep time serious.  Yes time no dey but it must dey for sleep. Sleep is important for overall health and inadequate sleep is associated with numerous health problems. Scientific evidence suggest that not getting enough sleep or getting poor-quality sleep increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

Resolve to eat well and in a healthy manner too.   After the binge eating over the festive period, people would want to shed weight by  aggressive dieting . It might work on the short run but long term effectiveness is doubtful. Henry Leigh spoke commonsense when he stated that ‘ if you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner’  but then common sense is in short supply and no longer common.  Simply, to lose weight efficiently cut calories and exercise regularly.

Resolve to manage stress more effectively. Stress is a factor of life and a constant but how the individual responds to it  is what determines who breaks down and who overcomes. Psychologists counsel that one should take some time at the beginning or end of the day to reflect on what one is grateful for. A daily grateful check-in or keeping a grateful diary or record  is a way to shift one’s focus and minimize the distorting influence of stress. ‘Reminding one’s self  of the small, everyday positive aspects of our lives helps to develop a sense of balance and perspective that can enhance well-being,’ says Susan Lehmann, a psychiatrist.

Resolve to exercise daily. Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns including stroke, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and  depression.

Resolve to drink more water. Adequate water intake amongst other benefits  is credited with  increasing energy and relieving fatigue, promoting weight loss, flushing out toxins, improving skin complexion, boosting immune system and preventing cramps and strains.

No bi my portion no bi  for mouth only. As you dey halla no bi my portion  please do the needful too.


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