New Year’s Resolutions are popular: it’s inspiring to make a pledge in the new year to do something better. To be healthier, start doing this or stop doing that. So why do so many New Year’s resolutions fail before the end of January?
I’ve read that to make a new practice a habit, it should be done for 21 days in a row. This will firmly entrench this new habit into your routine, and you’ll be so used to doing it you don’t have to think about it any more. So this year, instead of new year’s resolutions, which can be nebulous and hard to stick to, why don’t we pick a new habit that will become part of our daily routine? Once we practice that habit for a month and it becomes a part of our lives, we can choose a new healthy habit to begin the next month. Then at the end of the year we’ll have 12 new healthy habits that will have improved our lives in noticeable ways.
What will your new habit be? Maybe it will be to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park at the back of the parking lot at work to get in a few extra steps. Maybe you’ll replace your afternoon snack with something healthier like fruit or nuts. Maybe you could give your new habit life by making a purchase that you can begin to use: such as buying earmuff-style headphones instead of using your ear buds to protect your hearing while listening to music.
Another great habit to have is to have regular hearing screenings. All it takes is a phone call to set up an appointment and start 2018 off right by assessing your hearing situation. The information you and your doctor obtain from a regular screening will alert you to any existing hearing loss and if it’s getting worse or staying the same.
And since we know that hearing loss is related to other health issues such as heart disease, dementia and diabetes, this is a super easy step that give you a picture of overall health as well as anything you may want to pay attention to.
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The first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.