The best time to make positive life changes is at the start of a year, with the “new year, new me” trend.
However, have you thought about “new year, healthy me”?
While “look after my health” can be a resolution, we’ll suggest resolutions that guide how to look after your health.
Here are a few new year resolutions that can help improve your general health and eye health.
When we hear the words “eat well”, we naturally think of eating endless salads.
But, don’t worry, it’s not that bad!
As a result of eating well, you can help to maintain or lose weight and reduce your risk of developing certain general health and eye conditions.
Eat a balanced diet
The essential part of eating well is to have a balanced diet.
NHS’s Eatwell Guide makes it easy to understand how much of each food group you should eat.
Keeping a food diary can help you keep track of what you’re eating.
Alternatively, apps such as MyFitnessPal help you see the macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) of your diet at the click of a button.
Understanding portion sizes is key to eating a balanced diet to make sure you eat enough of the right food.
Too much of anything can be harmful to your health.
You can find some helpful tips for monitoring and controlling your portion size here.
Have a regular sight test
A regular sight test is vital to monitor and diagnose eye conditions and even some underlying health conditions like diabetes.
The earlier an eye condition is caught, the sooner treatment can begin.
Depending on the eye condition, treatment may help prevent the condition from progressing.
Do you know how often you should have a sight test?
If you don’t know when you last had a sight test, make it your resolution to have a sight test this year!
Get enough sleep
Did you know that a good night’s sleep can help maintain or improve your eye health and general health?
Having enough sleep can benefit your immune system, prevent heart disease and diabetes.
However, too much sleep or too little sleep can be just as harmful to your health.
The NHS recommends that an adult should have 8 hours of sleep every night.
If you have trouble going to sleep, you can find the NHS’s advice on a sleep routine here.
Smoking is damaging to your eye’s tissue.
Did you know that after a year of not smoking, your risk of a heart attack halves?
British Heart Foundation explains how each element of a cigarette is harmful and offers practical guidance on how to quit smoking.
NHS Smokefreealso offers support and advice to help you quit.
Sunglasses that block the majority of UV rays coming through can help protect your eye health.
Overexposure to UV light can increase your chance of developing certain conditions like cataracts and AMD.
So, when you’re buying sunglasses, make sure they carry the UV 400 mark, CE or British Standard Mark.
It’s also vital to check how dark they are (the filter category) as category 4, for example, are not suitable for driving.