The end of a calendar year often brings a bittersweet feeling.
On the one hand, there are plenty of holiday celebrations to hold, fresh resolutions to make, and an unshakable feeling of optimism in the air about what the new year could bring.
On the other hand, looking back at the year and the healthy resolutions that you planned, but have not yet completed, can often be a little painful — bringing up feelings of regret, or wistful nostalgia.
Nevertheless, when we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another, it’s vital that we both look ahead and reflect on the past. For many people, this means taking stock of their health — sometimes for the first time since the ink dried on their last set of New Year’s resolutions!
Doesn’t it seem like every year brings a set of goals that become harder and harder to manage as the daily stresses of life built up? That while every year brings you one major step toward better health, some sort of cosmic force also seems determined to push you two steps back at the same time?
Listen. It’s important to recognize that life is a journey, and that staying healthy is a major part of it. But it’s also true that nobody said it was going to be easy!
As you look back at your own personal year in health, and begin to plan ahead for the year to come, it’s important to be realistic and honest with yourself without getting overly discouraged or pessimistic—especially if you only fell short on one or two of your lifestyle goals.
We know this is easier said than done! So, here are a few ideas for making this reflection process a little bit easier—and more productive:
Consider where you started
How happy were you with your overall health at the beginning of last year? Were you managing a chronic condition, wrapping up treatment for an illness, or setting a new fitness goal? Think about how far you’ve come since then! In what ways do you feel better off? Or, possibly, in what ways do you feel worse? Either way, what are your new targets and goals?
Reflect on your goals for the year
Try to remember your health and fitness goals, whatever they may have been, and consider whether they worked out or not: Maybe you set yourself the goal of losing twenty pounds by the end of the year. Maybe you planned to bump up your exercise regimen and hit the gym daily. Maybe you planned to cut all refined sugars out of your diet.
If you accomplished most of your health goals, congratulations! Now it’s time to start brainstorming your list of what you want to accomplish in the new year! If you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to, don’t beat yourself up! Instead, think about whether you could break your big goals down into more actionable steps, or take a more pragmatic approach in the year ahead.
Reflect on your setbacks
What’s the old saying? “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry?” It’s a wise sentiment, and it’s important that you embrace it as you look back on your own personal health plans!
Take an honest look at any challenges you may have faced in the past year. How did you respond to them? How can you realign your approach to health, and your healthcare, to react to roadblocks even more constructively this year?
Celebrate your achievements (big and small)
With all the stress and anxiety we deal with over the course of the year, it’s important to celebrate all of the good you can, whenever and wherever you can. Maybe you managed to lower your cholesterol levels, or you took up a new, healthy hobby such as yoga or swimming. Even if these healthy achievements weren’t necessarily on your list of stated goals for the year, they deserve to be recognized and celebrated!
Consider your health insurance plan
One last thing to remember? As you look back at your year and get yourself ready for the months ahead, it’s important to think about your health insurance! There’s no time like the present to schedule a conversation with the Enrollment Specialists!
If you have any questions or concerns about your family or group’s health insurance plan, your personal health consultant Matt Peebles is here to help. At the end of the year, particularly during the annual open enrollment period, it’s important to know that:
- Insurance companies update their plan options at the end of the year
- Provider networks are often changing or in flux
- The health needs of you and your family may have changed over the course of the year
Your best bet for staying on top of things? Schedule a policy review with Matt Peebles, your health and life insurance superhero!
When you let Matt review your policy, he can help you figure out what your needs are right now and draw up a customized health insurance portfolio, completely unique to you.
Your policy review will be a quick and painless, three-step process, consisting of:
- A review of your current plan, showing you if, and how, your current plan will be changing in the year ahead. We’ll also discuss any and all changes in your or your family’s medical needs or status.
- Exploring other plan options, new policies, or additional benefits, as needed
- Allowing you to decide for yourself which plan ultimately works best for you
It’s that simple! Even better, once you’ve customized your ideal health insurance policy with Matt, you’ll always be able to say, “I Got A Guy!” Whenever you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the life of your plan, Matt will serve not only as your point of contact, but your personal advocate.
Ready to look back at last year, and plan for a brighter future? Drop us a line today to get started!