Learn how to juggle your responsibilities and health this year.

When you consider your major responsibilities, such as work and paying bills and caring for your loved ones, where do you fit in the equation? In the new year, try to develop a healthy balance that puts an emphasis on your wellbeing.

Consider your health a responsibility.
Don’t give yourself an out when it comes to focusing on your own health. Consider yourself as important as your children and your spouse. Make it a priority to touch base with yourself often. Evaluate your stress levels and happiness as if you’re evaluating a project at work. You have to take your happiness and health seriously. If you experience pain, physically or emotionally, talk to your doctor about what you can do to get well.

Be reasonable about healthy habits.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of little things you can be doing to improve your health. From eating superfoods to trying new workouts, you can’t manage to accomplish every little preventative measure. Choose the healthy habits that are easiest for you to adhere to and most relevant to your lifestyle, family history and health. If you find that a habit isn’t working for you, try something else until you find a good routine.

Don’t take on work that you don’t have to.
Over-scheduling your life doesn’t leave much room to do a balancing act. Pick and choose the responsibilities you take on. You don’t need to participate in every function, after school activity and work opportunity. Learn the power of saying no. It may feel bad to say no at first, but you need to recognize that it’s sometimes the very best thing for you.

Take control of your health this year. Visit North Hills Hospital online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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