January marks new beginnings, and for me, I'm making it a pledge to stay on top of my health.
That doesn't mean I'm starting a crash diet or crazy workout regime, I simply want to be more proactive with my medical appointments and any health concerns that arise.
One of the first things I did as part of the journey was book a small dermatological surgery.
Though it was a minor procedure, it was scary (mostly due to my anxiety around doctor's offices and needles). But afterward, I was so glad to have taken that step in prioritizing my health.
I also felt a lot of love from those around me. My friends cheered me on, my partner is helping me through my recovery and my co-workers showed me a lot of support.
I'm also looking at the year ahead and trying to get a jumpstart on scheduling my other appointments.
With an upcoming move that will take up some time, I've been researching doctors and setting up appointments for the coming year – something I would've procrastinated in the past.
But this year, I'm trying to tackle things earlier. I'm really looking forward to feeling more in control of my health this year.
The latest dating deal breaker? Not going to therapy.
After dating someone for about 10 months, Kelly Wolfe called it quits for one particular reason: He wasn't into therapy.
She says early on she recognized his "disdain" for therapy and "people pursuing therapy."
"(He) not only didn't go to therapy or wasn't interested, (he) didn't believe in it (and) was critical of therapeutic things I was trying to implement in my own life after seeing my therapist," the 34-year-old explained. This created difficulties with their communication.
Wolfe isn't alone. Hinge found 88% of singles on the dating app prefer dating someone who goes to therapy, and 97% of Hinge users prefer to date someone who actively takes care of their mental health. The dating app predicts ignoring your mental health will be the biggest dating deal breaker of 2022.
Dr. Megan Fleming, a clinical psychologist who specializes in sex therapy and marriage counseling, says she can understand why some people may have a "really strong preference" for someone familiar with or open to therapy.
"People have always had their checklist and a sense of who they want their partner to be," she says, "I think it's a reasonable thing to say, because it's a want or desire, and I could see how it would lead to healthier relationships where both people are prioritizing (and) investing in personal growth."
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Meet Fonzie Cat.
"Yes, he’s one good looking guy, even at 16 years old, and a mellow fellow as well," writes Linda Partridge. "That’s a good thing because the two of us will be moving soon, and we all know how much cats love change, right? He’s been a good buddy through some tough times."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How I'm prioritizing my health in the new year