Health Tips for the Year!

Health Tips for the Year!

Article by Char Cooper RN, MSN, APRN


A new year, a new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh start. A new year is filled with promise. What can we do to create a healthy and wonderful year?

Having taught and studied yoga for years I am reminded of the importance of balance in our lives in order to be healthy. As a matter of fact the word yoga means union, union of the mind, body, and Spirit. Yoga teaches that balancing the mind, body, and Spirit creates a state of health, not just physically, but mentally and Spiritually as well. And who doesn’t want to create balanced health in their life?

Here are some suggestions to create health this new year through balancing the mind, body and Spirit.

MIND Attitude of Gratitude: Start each day being grateful for all the blessings in your life. Create a mental list or write it down in a gratitude journal & watch your focus change. Positive focus: Focus on the 80% that is working in your life. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify Mindfulness: being fully present, not thinking about something in the past or future but what is happening in the present moment. Thought awareness: Become aware of what you are thinking, then consciously focus your thoughts on whatever it is you want to create in your life (i.e., peace, harmony, cooperation, sharing). Thoughts become things, choose good ones! Flexibility of the mind. Keep the mind active. Do something regularly that will challenge your mind.


 More whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, less sugar, fats, and processed foods. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! (water hydrates, soft drinks and coffee do not). Read Labels: know what you are putting in your body. Sleep. Be sure to get enough. Exercise everyday. You brush your teeth and shower everyday, move your body everyday too. The results will be remarkable. Lift weights, milk bottles or soup cans. Lift whatever you can to strengthen your bones. Stretch. Try a yoga class or stretch on your own. A flexible body is less prone to injury. I’ve seen plenty of Seniors regain flexibility in a matter of weeks. I particularly remember one woman’s excitement when she was able to touch her toes for the first time in 25 years! It sure makes putting your socks on easier.


 Nourish your soul regularly. What would truly make your heart sing and bring you true joy? Figure it out and do it. Spend time everyday in prayer or meditation or just sit quietly and listen to your inner wisdom. Laughter. Find the funny side of things. Laughter is like a massage for your soul. Practice random acts of kindness. Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done but always wanted to do. Maybe its skydiving, or riding on a motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway, or volunteering in a third world country. I’ve done them all, and recommend them all. Courage expands your life. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Remember others will love you to the degree you love yourself. Also, your strengths and magnificence are far greater than any perceived failings.

I hope you can find a few health tips you would like to incorporate in your life this new year. Pick a few and stick with it, but don’t beat yourself up, it takes 21 days to create a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Never, Never, Never, give up!

Wishing you all a well balanced, healthy magnificent New Year!

Char Cooper RN, MSN,

About the Author

I am a certified Wellness Coach, Nurse Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. For years I have been empowering patients and clients using a Mind, Body, Spirit approach to create and achieve fabulous health. Using my expertise in health and wellness I can provide the information, tools and support you need to make lasting positive changes. I am very excited to share my passion for whole health and wellness and the power of thought and focused intent

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