As the first month of 2018 winds down, writers from the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community are joining the January #CarnivalOfHealth to reflect on fitness, wellness, and resolutions worth keeping for the New Year. Studies show that those who regularly demonstrate gratefulness and thankfulness are healthier and happier.
Take the first step to a healthier you in 2018 by reading through these posts and sharing them on social media using #CarnivalOfHealth. We hope that meeting these writers and reading these posts will help get your wellness journey started this year…..or possibly give you some insight!
Maureen Bonatch – Charmed Type
Exercising more, eating better and getting healthy usually top the list for New Year’s resolutions. It’s no surprise that companies are more than willing to accommodate the demand for a quick fix to what has usually been a problem for most people for the entire year prior. Therefore, for the first few weeks of January we’re bombarded with commercials and products promising fast weight loss and a quick fitness fix.
These commercials lessen as the first month of the year progresses. By February most of us have abandoned our diets and new fitness equipment to settle into comfortable habits. Perhaps that’s because achieving fitness goals might take more than a new program, it might take a new mindset.
Annie Beth Donahue – AnnieBethDonahue.com
It’s 5:00 am. Prime time to work on healthy habits. Moms of young children stealthily creep down the hall to put a yoga DVD on the bonus room TV. Fitness buffs push through the front doors of gyms. Boomer-aged men jog down neighborhood streets, listening to The Eagles on their iTunes playlist.
Writers quietly pour a cup of coffee, start up their computer, and… sit down.
How many hours we each spend in front of the screen varies. But one thing is sure. Writing, as a profession, can be hazardous to your health.
Anne Llewellyn – Nurse Advocate
It is said that if you have your health, you have everything. Yet, according to a study of 501 men ages 45 to 65 conducted by Men’s Health Network in 2014, men care more about their cars than their bodies. Almost 70% of men surveyed considered it easier to keep their cars in good condition than care for their personal health. In addition, more than 40% indicated that they would rather resolve issues with their car than address issues associated with their health.
Men are not alone in this thinking as noted by the Society for Women’s Health Research where they found that women make most of the health care decisions for their families. But when it’s their turn to go to the doctor, many don’t. Why? The reasons are widespread and vary from person to person.
Susan Allison-Dean – The Nature Nurse
Did you know that ‘loose weight’ or ‘get in shape’ was the second most common New Year’s Resolution for 2018 among Americans surveyed? Was that your New Year’s resolution? How are you doing so far?
Hopefully you are doing great, already achieving some of the short-term goals you set up for yourself. Maybe you are looking for a few more tips or motivation to strive forward.
We’d love to hear from you! In the comments below, please share! Did you set a health goal this year? How are you doing so far? Do you have an accountability partner or tribe offering support?
If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018! You can check out more about the #CarnivalOfHealth HERE and HERE.
I am partner and Managing Editor of the Healthcare Marketing Network, a content creation company that specializes in connecting Healthcare Writers with Healthcare Businesses who are looking for engaging & factual articles and blog posts. I write and speak about integrating healthcare social media and digital skills in clinical practice. I mentor high performing healthcare freelance writers who are members of the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community. Follow me on Twitter at @TheSocialNurse