So many of us set New Year’s Resolutions for our health but have a hard time sticking to them. We mean well. We want to be healthier, fitter, and stronger but changing any behavior is tough stuff. Here are three ways to help us keep our resolutions.

Examine what’s really important to us. When it comes to foot health look at what life would be like if we could:

  • Dance with our partner again
  • Run with our best friend
  • Walk with our children and grandchildren

Change Our Mindset

  • Examine our fears and challenge whether they’re realistic. We may be afraid to go see a doctor because we’re afraid of what they may find. The benefits of pushing through our fears are usually much greater than not taking action.
  • Turn our negative thinking into more positive thinking by creating two columns titled “Current Thoughts About My Health” and “Powerful Thoughts About My Health”. Write down current thinking and then change it if it’s not positive. Eg. "Walking a Mile A Day Seems Impossible" to "Walking A Mile Will Make Me Feel So Much Better".
  • Set goals that are specific, measurable, and doable. People who write down their goals are much more likely to meet them.

Increase our connections with others to increase our happiness quotient. Happy people are more motivated to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

  • Pay attention to the people we love by really listening to them.
  • Turn off the computer, video games, and television and take a walk, play a board game, or any other activity where we can truly engage with family and friends.
  • Smile at everyone you see. You might just makes someone’s day and that feels great.

Sometimes the changes we seek don’t take much effort, we just think they do. Other times not so much. But whether you have bunions that finally need tending to, plantar fasciitis that keeps coming back, or diabetic neuropathy, you can start by visiting Dr. Rion Berg or Dr. Robyn Paloian at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. Our doctors will work with you to attain your foot goals. Our News Year’s Resolution is to help as many people as possible walk out of our office with happier feet.

If you aren’t satisfied with your current level of foot health or have foot pain that just doesn’t go away, give us a call at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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