New Year – New You

The ending of one year and the beginning of another is a great time to sit back, take stock and reflect on changes that you’d like to make to improve your health and happiness.

There is huge potential in a new year – it’s a great time to kick bad habits, and with evenings getting longer and the coming of Spring, it’s a great time to make changes and introduce new experiences into your life.

Happiness

Life is hard so this is easier said than done, but even small changes can make a difference.

  • Happiness often comes from within.  Think happy thoughts and recognise what makes you happy.
  • Do what makes you happy.  Whether this is spending time with friends, taking some time out by yourself, hill walking, playing football – whatever it is, try to do more of it.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others – if you link your happiness to feeling superior to others, you’ll be frustrated a lot of the time.  Things change, and sooner or later someone will overtake you.  Also when you measure yourself against others you’ll be drawn into a cycle of dwelling on your own (perceived) flaws, creating more negative feelings.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.  People have a huge impact on your life and wellbeing. Some people are parasites and drag you down, draining your happiness and energy, while others will lift your spirits and give you a boost.  Happiness is contagious.  Recognise who fits into which category, and drop the ones that bring you down.

Friends enjoying a picnic

Losing Weight

After Christmas and New Year many of us will be trying to shed those extra few pounds that we’ve gained over the festive season.

Here at Sam McCauley Chemists we have several products that can help, and our pharmacists and staff are trained to help you make the right choice.  Did you know that a 10% weight loss will help to reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol by 10-15%, and also decrease your risk of obesity related cancer by up to a whopping 40%

In our private consultation rooms you can check your weight and have your BMI measured.  If you are trying to lose weight it’s important that you aim to shift those pounds at a safe and sustainable rate.  0.5kg to 1kg (1lb to 2lbs) per week.  For most men this will mean consuming no more than 1900kcal a day, and for most women 1,400kcal.

Exercise

It’s hard to believe that something that is (a) free, (b) easy and (c) available without a prescription can have such an impact on health and wellbeing.  Regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. Regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

For most people the easiest way to up their physical activity is to make it part of their daily routine.  Cycle or walk instead of taking the car, use the stairs instead of an elevator, or get off the bus a stop early.

Make a Difference

Volunteer.  Why not get involved with a charity or cause that’s close to your heart.  It doesn’t need to be anything on a grand scale – even an hour a week will make a difference. Maybe help out with your kids football training.  Or how about taking an elderly neighbours dog for a walk.  Doing something that makes you happy can also make a positive difference to someone elses life – win/win.

Boys playing football

Stopping Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking is dangerous.  In Ireland smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death and 1 in every 2 smokers will die from a tobacco related disease.  Quitting isn’t easy.  83% of smokers regret starting and would chose not to smoke if they could.  If you have never tried to stop smoking before, or if you have tried and failed, then we are here to help.

Our trained staff can advise you on the best strategies to help you to succeed.  Nicotine Replacement Therapies have been clinically proven to help you stop smoking, so if you haven’t tried them why not give them a go.

Happy 2018 Everyone!

 

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