With the new year upon us, many of us are resolving to better prioritize our health, so we can live a long and happy life. Besides eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, there are other ways that you can improve your life expectancy this year. In addition to your physical health, don’t forget to work on your mental and social health too. To help you focus on all of these facets of health, try out the following ideas to help increase your longevity and well-being for 2022.
Prioritize Preventative Care
As the years go by, it can be easy to miss a checkup, especially during the chaos of a global pandemic! Regular preventative health care, however, is crucial for reducing your risk of disease, disability, and even death.
Preventative care like an annual physical can help track your health and identify minor health problems before they become extreme. Additionally, staying on top of your dental hygiene with yearly cleanings can also contribute to your overall cardiovascular and digestive health.
If you’ve put off a checkup in the past year or two, it’s time to get something on the books. Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist today to start prioritizing your health in the new year.
Make Time for Friends and Family
When it comes to your health, it’s important that you don’t forget about your mental, emotional, and social well-being. Close relationships with others can provide you with essential social support, which contributes to better health, lower your mortality, and reduces your risk of depression and cardiovascular disease.
This year, make spending time with friends and family more of a priority. Whether you need to use your well-earned PTO or just turn off the television, do more activities with the people you love. Not only will it help you live longer, but you’ll have lived life to the fullest.
Enjoy Nature More
Another way to live a better and longer life is to spend time in nature. Research has found that spending two hours outdoors every week can have positive effects on your mental health and well-being. By going outside more, you can take advantage of fresh air and soak up all the vitamin D.
In 2022, challenge yourself to get your two hours in by exploring a new part of the great outdoors every week. Whether it means visiting every green space in your city or driving out to the mountains, find a way to keep things exciting. If you’re more of a creature of habit, build some nature time into your weekly routine by taking regular walks or going for runs. Whichever works best for you, your mind and body will thank you for it.
Your health and wellness should always be a top priority. By practicing these tips, you can work on extending your life and improving your well-being this year. Remember that each of these is a constant work in progress, so it’s important to set your intentions and do your best to follow through on them week after week. For more ideas on how to increase your life expectancy, check out the graphic below from The Zebra.
Pia De Los Reyes
Pia is a content marketer with an M.A. in Communication and B.A. in Psychology. As a writer, she’s written for the health, lifestyle, insurance, business, and personal finance industries. She loves adapting research to help inform and inspire everyday audiences.