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Create your health priorities for 2018

The end of one year and the start of a new one gives us a chance to take stock and remake decisions about our health and wellbeing for the next 12 months.

Victorian-based women’s health organisation, the Jean Hailes Foundation, surveyed just over 10,000 women this year about a range of issues, including the behaviours those women believed would most benefit their health.

This was their top five: exercise, lose weight, eat more nutritiously, rest and relax more (and worry less), and make more time for myself (work less).

Your own priorities may be different, but as we near the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 there’s value in making time for a moment of quiet reflection. 

It’s useful to consider what worked and what didn’t in 2017, what you’d like to be different next year and what you can do about it.

You don’t need five priorities — one is enough — and they don’t need to be big. The 1% changes can add up to far more than the grand plan that falls over because there’s not enough to sustain it.

They also don’t need to last for 12 months. 

Remember too that health is holistic. It’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, and these domains overlap. A commitment such as ‘accepting help from others’ or ‘making time for myself’ can make a difference to all of them.

If thinking about ‘things to do’ feels too much like work, Canadian author and entrepreneur, Danielle Laporte, takes a different approach. She asks you to consider how you want to feel.

For example, if you want to feel energetic, it might have implications for the way you eat and exercise, but it might also require you to get more sleep and shift your mindset. 

If you want to feel focused, peaceful, or strong, the implications for what you’ll do may be different. Or not. You could be doing the same things but looking at them through a different lens.

So make it fun, turn it into a little project, or do it with a friend, but do it in a way that will work for you.

Importantly, don’t let it slide into the ether. Write it down. Diarise what you want to do. Make reminders. Share it with a friend. Work out how you’ll keep it alive. Then start in January.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson