A smiling man celebrating New Year

The start of a new year is always symbolic of a new beginning, and this year, you may want to start a new life without ED.

It’s a human characteristic to think about making a positive change in your life. About 60% of people responding to a scientific survey admitted that they make New Year’s resolutions every year.

2020 and 2021 will go down in history as challenging years, and as this year ends, our hope for a healthy New Year in 2022 is even stronger than we felt in previous years.

However, researchers also discovered that only 8% of people who make a resolution stick to it.

So that means you should just quit or give up, right?

Of course not!

Who Invented New Year’s Resolutions?

The tradition of making resolutions dates back to ancient Rome.

The Romans believed in a mythical god named Janus, who had two faces. The month of January was named after this god, and in 152 B.C., the Romans began to make resolutions for the new year on December 31st.

They did this to honour Janus, who had one face directed towards the past, while his other face looked forward to the future.

You know what? The ancient Romans had that right. As 2021 ends, you can look at ED as something you can treat in 2022. There’s no time like now to start!

Start a New Life Without ED

It can be hard to stick to a resolution, but the good things are hard when it comes to treating erectile dysfunction!

Start by committing to being better today than you were yesterday. That can mean small changes leading to bigger things.

If you’re stuck, keep reading for specific tips on how to keep your resolutions because success is more achievable when you recognize a scientifically-backed model called The Stages of Change.

The Stages of Change

Too many resolutions fail because people rush to push themselves and expect immediate results.

In the 1970s, two behavioural scientists began to research people who’d made resolutions to quit smoking. They wanted to create a model to help smokers accomplish the sometimes difficult task of quitting.

They called their model The Stages of Change. This model is used by many teachers, therapists, doctors, and specialists to help students, patients, and clients make a change or start a new life successfully.

If you want to make a change, understand what your situation might look like through the first five steps in The Stages of Change.

  1. You think about making a change during the Precontemplation Stage.
  2. You acknowledge the change during the Contemplation Stage.
  3. You ask questions and set goals during the Preparation stage.
  4. You work directly on change during the Action Stage.
  5. Finally, in the Maintenance Stage, you keep your goal through new habits or behaviours.

Stumbling blocks should be expected with any resolution you make. The key is not to give up. Instead, forgive yourself for the mistake, and don’t give up!

Healthy New Year 2022 Goals

Treating erectile dysfunction can have a positive impact on your life. Other healthy habits will help your ED treatment:

Achieving a Healthy Weight

Yes, you’ve probably heard this all before, but facts are facts.

A poor diet often leaves you bloated, tired and carrying excess weight, and to face life’s challenges—and achieve your goals—you need the right fuel.

It isn’t complicated:

  • Eat 2-3 servings of raw or steamed vegetables or fresh fruits daily.
  • Drink more water. When you consume at least three glasses (250g servings) of water a day, you gain more energy and your body functions better.

Start Exercising

People think exercise has to be intense, but it doesn’t. Begin by walking the track at a gym and doing light weights under the guidance of a trainer.

  • Building up to a light run for ten minutes twice a week is a great, time-saving way to get in better shape.
  • When you do light weights or push-ups, you can challenge yourself to do more slowly and over time.

Give Up Smoking and Heavy Drinking

Many people experience stumbling blocks trying to quit smoking or heavy drinking. Don’t be afraid to slip up, and don’t let that make you quit before you succeed.

It’s a scientific fact that people fear quitting smoking or cutting down on alcohol. When they have a setback, it stresses them out, and they give up altogether, but when you come to grips with the fear, you can work through it.

It takes patience and perseverance, but you can quit smoking and cut down on alcohol… or quit drinking altogether.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

It’s a big step to take better care of yourself physically.

Making time for your mental health is equally important, and when your physical, mental, and sexual health needs are being met, you can become more resilient capable of tackling life’s challenges.

  • Take a 10-minute break and relax.
  • Don’t compare your life to anyone else.
  • When you find something positive, focus on it to reduce anxiousness.

Schedule Your Time

Doing something for yourself offers great benefits: keep a journal, meditate daily, go swimming, play with the dog, or watch your favourite movie at home to improve your mood and release stress.

Focus On Your Sex Life

Experiencing sexual issues is normal. The great news is, you can improve your sexual relationships by making positive changes, including:

  • Educate yourself
  • Be patient
  • Use lubrication or sex toys
  • Be more affectionate
  • Try new sexual positions
  • Play out fantasies
  • Do Kegel exercises
  • Chill out!

When you’re ready to start a new life without ED, we welcome you to visit us at Oakwood Health Network.

Our specialized men’s health clinics are located in Oakville, Toronto, and Brampton.

At OHN, our expertise is in treating Erectile Dysfunction and sexual health issues like Peyronie’s Disease or Premature Ejaculation. As specialists, we’re here for you.

Contact us now as this year begins and start a new life without ED in 2022!

Happy Healthy New Year 2022!


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