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Smart tips to kickstart your New Year

By By Kate Moore, Senior Editor, News Canada (NC) — (NC) Every year when the calendar flips over, many of us find ourselves re-evaluating various aspects of our lives and vowing to make positive changes. While that might feel easier said than done, we’ve got you covered with tips on how to stay true to your resolutions and live your best life this year. If your New Year’s resolution is to… …take your mental health seriously. Routine, a good sleep, regular exercise and a healthy diet are natural stress-busters, but sometimes we aren’t able to sort things out on our own and need more support. If feelings of stress or worry are long-lasting and are having a negative impact on your daily life, know there is help. You can access free mental health support at anytime from anywhere through Health Canada’s mental health webpage ( …embrace exercise this winter. Staying active is important for our health, but it can be tough to begin and to keep it up – especially when it’s cold or snowy outside. Speak with a health-care professional for the right advice if you have a health condition like arthritis, and consider low-impact and joint-friendly exercises that improve endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Indoor options can include swimming, using a stationary bike or doing yoga. Find more tips through Arthritis Society Canada’s accessible videos. ( …find your dream job. It’s no easy feat to find the job that is right for you. So, dig in deep and consider your ideal work-life balance, what you find meaning in and what benefits you want and need. For instance, if you cherish having evenings free, a nine-to-five job might be right for you. But, if you prefer a rotating schedule that involves helping others and building meaningful relationships, you might consider a career like nursing. Indigenous Services Canada is hiring nurses right now. ( …finally quit smoking. When it comes to smoking, it’s common to need a few tries to quit. And that’s okay. It’s continuing to try that will get you there in the end. If your resolution is to quit smoking, know that it’s possible and that there are plenty of free quit-support services available to you. There is more information and advice from real people and their success stories online. ( quit-smoking) …stick with a beauty routine. Go back to basics and make your skin routine right for the season. Limiting hot showers, drinking enough water and using a moisturizer according to your skin type – thicker for drier skin and lighter for oily skin – will help keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long. You can find up-to-date information on many health-related topics from established Canadian health experts at online resource Care to Know. ( … upgrade your skills. One of the best ways to learn something new is to go through mentors, support groups and trusted sources. If, for example, you want to learn how to use new digital tools at the office or become more tech-savvy around the home, non-profit organizations like ABC Life Literacy Canada offer free resources and workshops that cover a wide range of digital topics.? (

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