Last year was difficult, wasn’t it? Unfortunately, 2021 has not brought about any miracle powers, but it has given us the opportunity to start over, and one thing you need to do is look after yourself.
Here are some ways to do so:
Give up smoking without gaining weight
There are many individuals who want to give up smoking yet are worried that they will put on weight as a result. There is no point in lying; giving up smoking is linked to weight gain. However, there are ways you can ensure this doesn’t happen. So, you can give up smoking and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is a win-win situation.
Before providing some crucial advice let’s establish why giving up smoking is linked to weight gain. One of the main reasons is because of the fact that you will experience a small decline in your metabolic rate. Another theory is that your levels of serotonin are low and so your irritability can lead to you having the urge to satisfy carbohydrate cravings. In addition to this, a lot of people tend to replace their habit of smoking with snacking instead.
So, how can you quit smoking and avoid putting on weight at the same time? Firstly you need to find an activity you can partake in whenever you feel the urge to have a cigarette. Go for a walk or call a friend. You should also carry a water bottle with you too. This will occupy your hands which is important when giving up smoking. And you can sip away at the water as much as you want without the risk of putting on any weight.
There is nothing wrong with snacking on healthy foods either. Bring some dried fruit to work with you for example. Another recommended option is to keep sugarless chewing gum or mints with you. Or if you can bring your toothbrush and toothpaste. Whenever you have a craving, brush your teeth or have a mint. This will cleanse your palate and ensure you don’t head for the carbs.
And last but not least, if you are not someone who exercises regularly, then now is the time to begin! Don’t worry; you don’t have to join a boot camp. Going for a power walk is an easy and beneficial option. It minimizes your hunger, burns calories, enhances your mood and boosts your metabolism as well.
Have a hearing check-up
A lot of people neglect to look after their hearing health. When was the last time you had your hearing checked? If you can’t remember, this is a sign that you need to get an appointment booked!
Hearing loss can be best treated when it is dealt with early. Plus, hearing loss has been linked with other conditions, for example, hearing loss and depression are closely linked. This is why you need to get treatment sooner rather than later.
Have laser eye surgery
There are many different types of laser eye surgery available today, and one of the most advanced treatments is IntraLASIK eye surgery.
In standard LASIK surgery, an instrument called a microkeratome cuts a small, hinged flap into the cornea, i.e. the eye’s clear surface. However, IntraLASIK is a blade-free procedure, which uses a state of the art laser to prepare the corneal flap. Although there are advancements made in laser eye treatment all of the time, the introduction of IntraLASIK is undoubtedly the biggest leap in the industry since the standard form of LASIK was introduced. It is used to correct a wide range of astigmatism, farsightedness, near-sightedness, and now presbyopia.
This is preferred to the standard LASIK procedure because it produces a flap that is a lot thinner, more accurate, cleaner, and precise in depth. Not only this, but all suitable prescriptions can be treated with this bladeless technology. This eradicates the possibility of serious complications and induced distortion that are linked with flap creation by a manual blade. Fewer patients lose sharpness of vision, and more patients achieve 20:20 vision. This means that both long and short-term safety is improved on.
Who Is Eligible For IntraLASIK Eye Surgery?
The best thing to do is have a consultation with an eye specialist. During this consultation, the ophthalmologist will gather general information about your eyes. This includes how you expect your life to change after the surgery, your visual needs, the physical activities you partake in, and your history of contact lens and glasses wear. This will help the eye specialist to determine the best cause of action for your needs.
However, it is important to be aware of the general eligibility requirements. You will be eligible for IntraLASIK eye surgery if the following applies:
- You are at least 18-years-old
- You have stable vision over the past year
You won’t be eligible for IntraLASIK eye surgery if:
- You have findings or history of active corneal disease
- You are pregnant
- You have significant eye or medical problems, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Keratoconus, and corneal ulcers.
What are some other ways you plan on looking after yourself in 2021? Let me know in the comments below!