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Staying on top of your wellbeing and health can feel like just another chore that you have to do sometimes. Most of us are too incredibly busy in our lives to make sure that we do everything that is suggested by health professionals to keep us healthy. And, let’s face it, there can be a lot of conflicting information to take in sometimes, and advice seems to change on an almost daily basis. It is no wonder that many of us put our health and wellbeing to the bottom of the list.
However, there are always some simple things that you can do to make sure you are staying on top of your health and wellbeing that do not take too much time or effort. These things can make the biggest difference, so they are important to put into place as soon as possible.
Here, we look at just a few of them…
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Have regular health checks
Most of us only tend to visit our doctor when there is something wrong, but as with everything, prevention is better than cure. By attending regular health check-ups, you can keep an eye on your health and pick up on any warning signs before they become bigger and more difficult to treat issues. Things like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels can tell us a lot about our overall health and let us know if there are any issues about to rear their ugly head.
This also goes for visiting your dentist, something that many of us put off unless we have a toothache, but keeping up with scheduled appointments and routine check-ups can be the difference between having to have lots of invasive dental work and having a healthy and confident smile. They can arrange general teeth cleans, fillings and even Dental Implants if you need them.
Other regular checks you want are on your eyesight and hearing. Eye tests, in particular, can be an insight into other areas of our health and are particularly important if you suffer from health conditions such as diabetes.
Regular downtime is important to maintain good mental health, which in turn can have a positive effect on your physical health. It can be easier said than done though, especially when we have work and family commitments that often have to come first but making an effort to build some relaxation time into your day needs to be a priority.
Prayer and meditating is an excellent thing to practice. Do it first thing in the morning before anyone else gets up and disturbs you, or just before you go to bed. It is a great way to clear your mind ready to start the day or to get yourself for a restful night of sleep. It helps to loosen up any bottled up emotions that you may have which are holding you back.
It can take time and practice to get where you need to mentally, but persevering and making an effort every day can really benefit you, in the long run, to help balance your emotions.
You do not have to hit the gym every day or pound the pavements on long runs to get exercise. Everyone can do some form of exercise, no matter what age, weight or level of fitness they have. Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference to your health and overall wellbeing.
It may be something as simple as going for a brisk walk around the block during your lunch break to stretch your legs, clear your head and get some fresh air. You could also build it into your everyday life – parking at the furthest end of the car park when you visit the grocery store, taking the stairs instead of the lift or getting off the bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way.
Providing our bodies with the right nutrition is the number one way to maintain good health and feel great about ourselves. It isn’t always easy; when you come home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is stand in the kitchen and start chopping vegetables. It always feels easier to throw something in the microwave or order takeout. However, by learning a few quick and simple recipes, meal planning and batch cooking, you can have some healthy and delicious meals ready to eat. Aim to consume at least five portions of fruit and veg every day and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
These tips are sometimes easier said than done. But even small steps in the right direction can help!