Taking control of your health is vital if you want to live long and live well. If you haven’t been taking your wellness as seriously as you perhaps should have done up until now, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to take charge right now…
Ensure You Get Enough Sleep
It seems like everyone from doctors to wellness coaches is always advising us to get more sleep, but that’s because it really is so vital to our health and wellbeing. When we sleep, we not only rest, but our bodies carry out a number of functions to repair our bodies. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can become fatigued, fatter, depressed, stressed out and sick! The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, so do what you can to meet those targets whether that means switching the TV off an hour early or getting the right sleep medication from your doctor.
Get a Physical
Having regular physical exams is one of the best things you can do with your health. A lot of conditions take a while to show themselves in the body, but if you have a full physical at least once a year, they could be detected and treated much sooner, making a full recovery far more likely. Prevention is better than cure and having a physical even when you feel well is a really good idea.
Make Time for Relaxation
Making time for relaxation is vital for physical and mental wellness. Stress can cause us to feel anxious and depressed, but it can also cause physical pain in the body, and lower immunity so that we are more likely to contract various illnesses. Luckily, it’s never been easier to relieve stress with activities like yoga, meditation and breathing exercises being readily accessible. The hard part is to find the time, but make it a priority to pencil some time into your schedule and you will feel the benefits.
Deal with Bad Habits and Addictions
Seeking help for bad habits and addictions, whether that means checking into a heroin addiction treatment center or simply canceling your cable so that you spend less time on the couch, is a great way to boost your wellness levels and help you to get back on track. Bad habits and addictions can make life really tough, and by tackling them you can get back on an even keel.
Add in Fruit and Veggies
It can be difficult for many people to diet in the traditional sense, but something that most of us can easily do, which will have a direct benefit on our health and wellness is to add in healthy foods, primarily fruits, and vegetables. Of course, if you have a poor diet, removing all of the junk would be ideal, but if that isn’t possible, start by adding an extra portion of fruit or veg to every meal and boost your nutrient intake. Over time, you should be able to decrease the bad stuff and get even bigger benefits.
Connection is an often overlooked part of the wellness puzzle, but spending more time with the people you love and the community around you is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. Spending time with people will prevent loneliness and help to stave off depression so that you can live a happier life. It will help the people around you to do the same too.
Time to take control!