This post is written in partnership with Eyecare 20/20
I’ve decided to begin the New Year with a series of posts to encourage families to kick start 2018 with a new lease on life! I hope you'll join me on my journey to help ourselves and our kids live our best lives. And while we all make parenting resolutions (mine often include resolving to unplug, scream less and be more present when it comes to my kids) – this first post is ALL ABOUT US –the parents.
You always hear that expression, “you need to put on your oxygen mask before you can help your kids” and it is so true. This past year I have learned that making my health and wellness a priority is not selfish, it is good parenting. If I don’t nurture my own body and soul how can I nurture the ones I love? So without further ado, here’s a list of the top five things you should do for yourself in 2018 which includes taking care of your eyesight and maybe ready to follow my lead and take the Lasik plunge !
Resolution #1: Start to really take care of your skin
Let’s face it–winter is here. Remember to treat yourself to a moisture-filled approach to skin care. Use an exfoliating scrub No more raccoon eyes when you wake up. No more quick splashes of water as you run out the door. Find a skincare regime that works for you and take care of your skin. You’ll feel and see the benefits, and your future self will thank you for being smart with your skin.
Resolution #2 Remember that fruits and veggies are your friends.
Even if your New Year goals include cutting back on sweets you might want to embrace a plant based diet. My daughter and I have both gone vegan and my son and husband are vegetarians. We are all abstaining from animal proteins and THE TRUTH is that we feel lighter, have more energy and feel good that we are living more kindly .
Resolution #3: Turn winter blahs into oaths and aaahhhs by adding EXERCISE to your daily routine
Winter blahs can make you want to hide under a blanket and escape from the world. This year, face them head on by embracing winter and including a new workout routine to add some pizzazz to your lifestyle. Keep exercising. Find a routine that works for you. My husband runs outside daily despite the cold. That is not for me but I get to the gym almost daily, I use an elliptical machine or the treadmill and I don’t feel right if I don’t work out every day. So don’t use winter as an excuse to add on the pounds especially with all the parties going on.
Resolution #4 Don’t forget to get all your checkups.
You wouldn’t let your kids miss their vaccinations or checkups so don’t ignore your own health. Get your annual physical to check your weight, BMI and blood work which includes cholesterol and fasting glucose. Women need GYN and mammograms if you are over 40. Men need to have their prostate checked and everyone needs a colonoscopy over 50. And don’t neglect your eye care either! Get your eyes checked and if you are ready to see eyeglasses free like me—consider LASIK ( https://www.thestatenislandfamily.com/follow-my-lasik-surgery-journey-at-eyecare-2020-icareabouteyecare/). I finally took the LASIK plunge at EyeCare20/20 with Dr. Cary Silverman. Check out my experience in the video below:
Short for Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, LASIK involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea from underneath a corneal flap. A specialized laser called an excimer laser is used to perform LASIK, as it is designed to address refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. It is utilized to improve vision and remove the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Its main ability is ablating certain aspects of the eye that need reshaping, such as flattening the cornea to treat nearsightedness, increasing the steepness of the cornea to correct farsightedness, and evening out an irregularly shaped cornea to correct astigmatism.
Along with the excimer laser another high-energy laser used in LASIK is the femtosecond laser, which was launched in 1999. Having WaveLight’s FS200 in an eye care center’s arsenal is a statement that reflects the practice’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art ophthalmology services. Dr. Cary M. Silverman from EyeCare 20/20 uses this femtosecond laser in performing delicate LASIK eye surgeries on patients
In LASIK eye surgery, femtosecond lasers can be utilized to create the incision in the corneal flap instead of the microkeratome, which has a blade. While both types of lasers are efficient at creating flaps during a LASIK eye surgery, many surgeons think that “bladeless” lasers produce a cleaner and much more consistent corneal flap. Since this technology is more advanced than microkeratomes, it has a higher potential for improving the way LASIK is done overall.
I had the surgery and could not be more satisfied with the results—being eyeglasses and contact lens free is like being given a new set of eyes. Everything is more colorful, everything is easier and yes waking up in the morning and not having to fumble around for my eyeglasses and being able to drive at night with zero issues – well it is nothing short of LIBERATING.
#5 Do something GOOD that is JUST for you.
For me it was getting Lasik surgery. Maybe for you it is signing up for a pottery class, volunteering with an organization that speaks to what fuels your passion. The bottom line is to be your best in 2018 –and take care of yourself inside and out. Not only is it a great example to set for your kids but when you feel good you are ultimately a better parent.