Being healthy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With the temptation of dining out, alcohol, skipping gym sessions and chilling out in front of the gogglebox a little too often, our lives can become inactive. We all know the basics of keeping healthy but what about the details? Are there any simple tricks we can use to ensure that we don’t pick up bugs and the lurgy too often? With the recognition that mental health is just as important as our physical health, it’s now more important than ever that we look after our minds as well as our bodies. Take a look at these three simple ways to keep a check on your health.
Something that is often overlooked when it comes to our physical and mental well being is sleep. Sleep is fundamental to allow our bodies and brains to rest, recover and recuperate after a hard day at the office. We need time to process information and recharge our batteries; sleep is the perfect way for our bodies to achieve this. Too little sleep and you can become tired easily the next day, lack focus, overeat and become moody. Too much sleep and we can get headaches, become overtired and lose vital hours in the day when we could be productive. The optimal range for sleep time is between seven and nine hours for an adult. Develop a sound sleep routine, quit the caffeine a couple of hours before you hit the sack and switch off your electronic devices an hour before bed. Don’t be tempted to spend your last ten minutes before you fall asleep scrolling through your social media feeds.
If you do require a stay in hospital, it may not be because you are unhealthy. You may have broken a bone or developed an ailment entirely unrelated to your health and fitness. Hospital stays can cause anxiety; however, the medical profession is well regulated, and their core motivation is to help people like you. Pack some anti-bac wipes and hand sanitizer and remain hygiene aware. If you are nervous about any procedure, just remember that medical malpractice lawyers are rarely needed. There is a protocol that every nurse, doctor and anaesthetist should follow to ensure you leave the hospital healthier than when you went in.
The biggie when it comes to our physical health is food. We know that we need a balanced and nutritious diet, and with the best will in the world, we try to achieve this every day. Sometimes we falter. However, try and implement the simple tactic of eating the rainbow, and you can’t go wrong. Eat something of every color of the rainbow every day. This might be blueberries, banana, red pepper, chicken, sweet potato and kale. Every color represents a type of antioxidant so by ensuring your diet is full of a variety of different colors every day you are boosting your immune system.
While it can be difficult to focus on our health as our busy modern lives take over, if you implement these three simple strategies you can enhance your well being in a positive way.