It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and it’s already time to start focusing on a new list of resolutions. For many of us, fitness goals are at the top of this list, however, have you ever thought of expanding this to more than just, “make it to the gym every day” or “lose ten pounds”? In this blog, we’re going to talk about five things you can add to your New Year’s resolution that encompasses the entirety of men’s health, rather than just helping you lose a couple pounds on your free time.

 

Get more sleep

I think we can all agree that it’s difficult to make it through the day when you’re running on only a few hours of sleep. However, the health risks run much deeper than difficulty functioning at work or school. Here are some of the many issues with sleep deprivation:

 

Car accidents: Sleep deprivation has been proven to be a major factor in contributing to car accidents—lethal and non-lethal.

Health risks:  Likelihood of strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more are all increased with a lack of sleep.

Reduced sex drive: Men who get less sleep report less interest in sex than those who get at least seven hours of sleep a night.

Skin aging: Sleep deprivation can also lead to changes in your appearance. Many people who get a lack of sleep experience wrinkling, dark circles under the eyes, and your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol which makes your skin less smooth and elastic.

Weight gain: The last thing we want to think about when we’re tired is going to the gym. Sleep deprivation will make you significantly less likely to accomplish those weight loss resolutions this year.

 

Be more confident

Confidence is key when it comes to living a happy and healthy life. When you’re confident in your decisions and spend more time planning for the future rather than dwelling on the past, you’ll find it much easier to manage whatever challenges you’re facing in your life. Others will see this confidence in you and respect you more because of it.

 

Try new things

If you want to get the most out of life, you should try to keep this resolution every year. It’s great to try new activities that you’ve been thinking of trying, but never got around to in the previous year. Maybe you were set on learning a new language or joining a club at school. There’s no better time than the present to try something new that could eventually become a major part of your life.

Trying new things doesn’t have to be limited to activities, however. You should also experiment with new ways of solving challenges you face on a daily basis. For example, if you’re having financial issues, try a creative new way of handling your money. Even though we all face challenges like this, it can be difficult to try something new that will get us out of a rut.

 

Make small goals

A lot of the time, it’s the little things that count. And when it comes to setting goals, the same holds true. Instead of trying to set big goals that may seem unattainable, try setting small, daily goals that are more realistic. It’s okay to have long-term goals; after all, that’s essentially what a resolution is. However, you should keep track of your short-term goals in order to lead you in the right direction to hit your long-term goals. Not only will this help you be a more productive person, but it will help you manage stress.

 

Take charge of your sexual health

Many men don’t like talking about their sexual health, but it’s an important topic to discuss if we want to live up to our maximum potential and be happy doing it. There are a lot of health issues that can cause a drop in sexual performance such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low testosterone, and Peyronie’s Disease. If you’ve been putting off seeking treatment for these problems, make 2018 the year that you take back control and get help. Contact Charleston Men’s Clinic for more information.