Taking care of your overall personal health is very important, especially during this time of the pandemic. Looking for things on how you can overcome stress and be able to build a healthy heart and mind for your everyday living must be your focus. And don’t forget to have your health insurance handy.
And while there are many aspects of your health that are out of your control, what we advocating for here is taking care of the things that you can control so that even if you suffer from a chronic illness, you can get the best out of life that you can.
Here are 7 ways that you can take care of your personal health to the best of your ability:
Doctors recommend that an adult get an average of 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Although sleep needs are individual and some people do need more rest than others, the effects of chronic sleep deprivation are far-reaching.
Sleep deprivation affects our mood, our concentration, our attention, our memory, our ability to fight off infection, our libido, and our judgment. Inadequate sleep can also lead to weight gain, depression, car accidents, potentially fatal errors, and cause serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack, or diabetes.
Schedule time in your life for sleep. This week, try moving your bedtime back by half an hour.
Are you dehydrated? Even mild dehydration can affect your energy level and your mood. Many doctors still recommend that adults drink eight 8oz. glasses of water per day, but that amount may need to be higher or lower depending on other factors such as your level of physical activity and your size. New research suggests taking your weight, dividing it in two, and drinking that number in ounces per day.
Start by adding just one extra glass of water a day to what you are already drinking. You may soon see an increase in your energy.
Nutrition is a complicated thing nowadays with food allergies and food intolerances in abundance. What is healthy for your body may not be healthy for someone else’s but there are certain commonalities that we think most people could agree on. Cut down on sugar. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of foods. Maintain good portion control standards for your body in terms of your height and energy level.
Nutrition is not about weight. It’s about health. It’s about fuelling your body with good energy sources so that it can work at its optimum capacity. Having healthy food on hand is half the battle.
Cut out one thing that you know is not healthy for your body even if it is a small thing like adding one scoop of sugar into your tea instead of two.
Many people think of exercise as just being for weight loss but it does far more than that. It helps combat diseases such as high blood pressure, depression, certain types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It boosts certain brain chemicals which leaves you feeling happier and more relaxed than before (this is a very good thing!). Exercise boosts your energy, improves your sex life, and helps you get better sleep.
We make all kinds of excuses as to why we can’t exercise (time, kids, health, etc.), but all of us can do this one simple thing: move more. Park further away. Take the stairs. Dance in your kitchen. Use soup cans to do curls. Play tag with your kids at the park.
Just choose one small way to move more.
When was the last time you got your teeth cleaned or went for a dental check-up? Did you know that poor dental health and gum disease have actually been linked to heart disease and lower life expectancy? That is a pretty good reason to take it seriously. You are probably (hopefully) already brushing your teeth a few times a day which is a start.
Start flossing if you don’t already and book a dental appointment for yourself.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical one. No matter how stressful your life is, there are steps that you can take to decrease your body’s stress response and to be doing good self-care. Take a walk, have a visit with a friend, take a candlelit bubble bath with Epsom salts, read a good book, go for a massage, pray, write in a journal, and/or see a counselor. If you are the parent of a high-needs child and find that the stress from that is affecting you, find other parents in similar circumstances who can understand and support you.
Breathe: Take a few minutes three times a day to sit with your eyes closed and breathe in and out five times slowly.
Do you need to see a doctor for a check-up or a specialist for something that is worrying you? Do you need to see a nutritionist, physiotherapist, naturopath, chiropractor, or massage therapist?
Make an appointment today that you have been procrastinating about.
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