Top 15 resolutions for a healthier and happier 2019

How often have we charted elaborate health resolutions at the start of the new year, only to see the vigour and enthusiasm fade away by February? If that sounds someone like you, we have something interesting here. Bite-sized resolutions!

So we list 15 easy-to-adopt lifestyle habits that will help you stay focused in your quest for a healthier and happier 2019. Here goes…

Bite 1: Stretch

Simple stretch exercises can help keep your muscles active and tightened, while enabling you to strengthen your core. You can engage in stretches every two hours or so, especially important for those who have desk jobs.

Bite 2: Meditate for composure 

Meditation is powerful. It can help calm your mind, soothe your senses and relax your body. In today’s world where pressure levels are high, meditation can help you lower your stress and attain inner peace. The beauty about meditation is that it can be practiced anywhere.

 Bite 3: Engage in daily 30-minute exercise

Shed excess sleep and a sedentary lifestyle for a more active one. Try to start with simple activities like walking, jogging, swimming, cycling or weight training. Importantly, have fun while doing so, which will ensure that you keep going.

 Bite 4: Get adequate sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to several health problems like weight gain, weak immunity and negative impact on brain health. Hence, getting adequate sleep of around eight hours is important. Furthermore, it is a good idea to have a brief shut-eye post-lunch, which will keep you energised for the rest of the day.

Bite 5: Drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up

Sipping a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning can be an excellent and easy habit to follow. Doing so will aid in digestion, help you lose weight and keep you fit all day.

Bite 6: Walk a thousand or more steps every day

Embrace the habit of walking. If you have a quick errand to make, chuck your two-wheeler and walk. If you’re going for a meeting, park your car a bit further from your destination so that you can walk. Walking doesn’t just help keep the metabolism in shape, it is also great for the heart, brain and joints. Get a fitness tracker to help keep a tab on your daily activities.

Bite 7: Never skip breakfast

Most nutritionists and fitness experts believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be missed. A healthy breakfast helps keep one remain full and active, while also curbing unwanted hunger pangs.

Bite 8: Limit your sugar consumption

Refined sugar is processed sugar, the consumption of which can lead to weight gain or high blood sugar levels. You can select healthy alternatives like jaggery, honey, coconut sugar or maple syrup. Also, try to avoid sugar in your morning tea or coffee.

Bite 9: Avoid packaged food

Take a pledge that you’ll avoid the consumption of packaged or processed foods as these have harmful preservatives and provide no nutritional value. Moreover, these foods can lead to weight gain and can be detrimental to your overall health.

Bite 10: Go for a fibre-rich diet

A diet high in fibre can have a great positive impact on your health. It can promote weight loss, smoothen digestion and help manage diabetes. High fibre foods include fresh fruit and green leafy vegetables, which should be essential components of your everyday diet.

Bite 11: Stick to your sleep timings

Those who are super busy have one thing common in their lifestyle – they keep to their sleep timings no matter whatever part of the world they are in. Good and consistent sleep habits have been linked to better mental health and improved weight loss.

 Bite 12: Avoid multi-tasking

Our brains have been designed to work better when we focus on just one job at time, rather than trying to multi-task. If you allow yourself to focus on just one thing at a time, you’ll see how much more you can accomplish. Also, getting your focus back is of great importance. For starters, try to brush your teeth with your left hand!

Bite 13: Get off that screen

With so much technology around us, chances are that all of us are peering into our e-gadgets and devices all the time. Research has proved that sustained exposure to the light emitted by these devices can have a negative impact on our vision. Hence, it is important to limit the usage of these devices. Also, strictly avoid browsing on your tablet/smartphone before sleeping.

Bite 14: Get yourself a rebounder

Jumping on a rebounder, a small circular trampoline that you can purchase from a sports shop, is considered to be a good all-round exercise and is thought to be more effective than running. Besides, jumping on the rebounder is fun too!

Bite 15: Embrace a preventive health culture

It is quite paradoxical that though lifestyle ailments are on the rise the world over, we still have a reactive rather than a preventive health culture. This stems from not prioritising our health. Hence, take a pledge to visit your doctor or medical practitioner once in six months at least for health screening.

Though it might sound cliched, it is true now than ever before: Health is wealth. So here’s wishing you a wealthy 2019!

First aid: Foremost in ensuring everyday safety

Though we hope this would never come true for you, there will be a time when you wish you had a proper first-aid kit close by. Here’s why. If your injury involves blood-loss, you only have precious seconds to get the necessary supplies to stem the bleeding. Keeping a first-aid kit can provide you with the valuable extra time you need before you can get help. Also, mishaps among kids getting hurt with cuts, bruises and burns is a common occurrence. Hence, a first-aid medical kit equipped with the appropriate supplies can help the child in quick pain relief. Furthermore, good workplace practices require businesses to keep first-aid medical supplies readily available. For, the cost of an injury can prove to be high.

It is so important to have a proper first-aid kit that we have created a blog to list down essential information around the kit for ensuring everyday safety. But before we get into the details, it is important to first understand why a medical kit can make a difference between quick respite and a grievous injury.

A proper medical kit helps bridge time: Having a first-aid kit provides temporary aid until one can get help. No kit means no immediate help. Precious time to respond can mean further injury, which may prove fatal.

A proper medical kit helps prevent small injuries from becoming big:The longer you wait for treatment, the more severe your injury can become. In this context, immediate treatment can reduce risk.

A proper medical kit fosters peace-of-mind: Being prepared and even being able to help others when injury occurs is a strong enough case to have a first-aid kit handy.

Here are some essential points around a medical kit that will help build your confidence against emergency situations:

Purpose and usefulness of the first-aid kit

The purpose of any first-aid kit is to treat cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, etc. In the workplace, especially in a factory environment where employee safety and health is paramount, it is not only meant to help the employee get quick relief, but also to keep them productive on the job. Besides, regulations also enforce such establishments to have a well-stocked medical kit. At home, it is essential to have one for minimising pain and providing immediate relief around common injuries. Though not many have it, it is essential to also have a medical kit in your car for swift response to accidents, etc.

Identifying potential injuries for ensuring greater kit effectiveness

An evaluation of past injuries can help you understand what to stock in your medical kit for ensuring greater effectiveness. For cuts and scrapes, it would be a good idea to have a variety of bandages and gauze. Also, it is essential to look at your immediate environment. For instance, if there is welding or any type of heat generation, then additional burn gel should be stocked. Furthermore, it is suggested that one should always keep basic first-aid supplies on hand for any potential injury.

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Checklist for some common medical-kit essentials

*Cold compress *Adhesive bandages *Adhesive tape *Antiseptic treatment applications *Burn treatment applications, including burn dressing *Sterile gauze pads *Antibiotics *Antibiotic ointment applications*Analgesics *Hand sanitizer *Band-Aid*Antiseptic wipes *Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide) *Acetaminophen and ibuprofen *Tweezers *Scissors *Alcohol wipes *Mouthpiece for administering CPR *Calamine lotion *Splint *Thermometer *Scissors *Cotton swabs *Flashlight (with extra batteries) *Blanket

Learning basic first-aid administration

Though it is easy to administer pills and other oral medicines, some basic understanding of medical techniques would be vital for addressing slightly complicated issues like, say, CPR, or certain types of injections. Knowing these procedures is true to the ethos of first-aid in terms of dispensing important medical protocols in saving lives or preventing further complications.

Checking for damaged/expired products

It is important that you check your medical kit regularly to weed out expired, damaged, soiled, or even partially-used products. Consumption of these might have fatal side-effects. Also, one must engage in safe disposal of these. Furthermore, there some things in your first-aid kit that you might frequently exhaust, like Band-Aids. Replace the missing items so you have them in the future.

Keeping your medical kit in a place that is easy to reach

The entire purpose of a medical kit will be wasted if it is kept in a place that is not easy to reach. Also, if you are not keeping the kit in a pre-decided place, it will be counter-productive to search for it when you should be actually administering the first-aid. So ideally, the kit should be kept in a fixed place and also within easy reach for children to also access it.

Invest in a proper medical pouch

Often, in the quest to stock the right contents within the kit, the kit itself is ignored. Usually, we make do with a pouch or a bag that does not find utility elsewhere. However, it is of paramount importance to procure a professional medical pouch/kit, which has proper inserts/straps/holders for safely storing the different items of first-aid. Besides, such bags are also easily identifiable as they are generally white in colour with a bold red medical cross on it.

We urge you to take a closer look at your first-aid kit and restock items that you may have run-out of, while also evaluating the additional resources you might require to upgrade your kit’s quality. And yes, while talking about first-aid and health, health insurance is yet another critical resource that you should have in your ‘life’s medical kit’.

So here’s wishing you injury-mitigated homes and offices. Long live the first-aid kit!

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