At this time of year, the phrase “New year, new me” can be overheard in offices, coffee shops and at school gates across the country, with one in five people in Britain using the start of a new year as an opportunity to make resolutions1 and make positive changes in their everyday life.
The most common resolutions relate to exercising more, eating healthier and focusing on wellbeing, with people aspiring to become a fitter, healthier version of themselves over the next 12 months. The most effective way to achieve your aims is to make a plan and find out about what resources are available to help you stick to your goals.
Here, we talk to Angela Corrado, Founder of exclusive lifestyle management company, AC Concierge to discuss the top three ways people are resolving to take care of themselves in 2019:
- Escaping to warmer climates
The cold weather and grey skies can have a negative impact on our mental health, with experts believing that the lack of sunlight during the winter months can leave some people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Significantly impacting mood, sleep and appetite, one of the recommended treatments for SAD is lifestyle changes to increase exposure to natural sunlight.
Going on holiday during the winter won’t cure seasonal depression, but the exposure to natural sunlight could boost your mood. Dubai and Miami are both among the top destinations2 to enjoy a winter sun holiday, whilst those in the UK experience single-figure temperatures and darker days. Lifestyle management services are increasingly popular, offering bespoke holiday planning and travel itineraries to provide a stress-free getaway to get that extra burst of vitamin D.
- Taking a more personal approach
We could all benefit from taking a more personal approach to our fitness and nutrition plans, by tailoring them to our specific needs depending on personal or family health history or specific goals. For example, DNA testing kits can help you to determine what essentials are missing from your current diet and help you to work out a nutrition plan to leave you eating better and feeling healthier. Additionally, people are booking in an array of one-to-one sessions with wellbeing experts including nutritionists, personal trainers or yoga teachers to create personal health plans – at home or at work to fit around their busy schedules.
- Putting healthcare on the agenda
We strive to be more organised in our working lives, but many of us have trouble finding the balance between career, leisure and healthcare, often neglecting the latter – with one in four women failing to attend cervical screenings3. Women are more likely to put other’s health and wellbeing before their own, they’re often known as ‘sandwich carers’, looking after their children and their parents.
One emerging trend for people wanting to invest in their health and wellbeing the UK is ‘med-min’. Organisations with personal patient liaison teams, like London Medical Concierge, can help you to schedule screenings, diarise GP, consultant or alternative health appointments, plan your patient pathways and get a second opinion on conditions and treatments. So, you can get additional support, when you need it most, allowing you to have a happier and healthier 2019.