Health is under the spotlight. With many of us listening to news bulletins and reading headlines about the global pandemic for over a year now, it has never been more critical to understand the importance of looking after ourselves. In this guide, we’ll go through some simple steps you can take to put your health first.
Boost activity levels
For many of us, a daily walk was our salvation during the lockdown. As restrictions ease, aim to keep up with habits you may have developed and embrace an active lifestyle. Being active is hugely beneficial for your physical health but it also plays an integral role in making you feel better. When your body is moving, levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain increase and you enjoy a natural high as a result of the release of endorphins. Exercise can also help you clear your mind and cope with stress or anxiety and it can also build confidence. It’s important to note that being more active doesn’t have to involve joining the gym or going running every day. There are so many activities you can try. From home workouts and yoga sessions to swimming, playing tennis or golf, walking and hiking and cycling, there are myriad ways to get fit and boost your health.
Seek advice for health problems
Many of us are guilty of burying our heads in the sand when it comes to opening up about our health and getting help. If you have symptoms, you keep experiencing the same problems or you have concerns about your mental or physical health, seek advice. From buying mouth ulcer cream or over the counter painkillers to seeing your doctor about feeling anxious or getting advice about changes in your bowel habits or weight, it’s important to understand that there is help available and there are treatments that can make you feel more comfortable. Don’t be afraid to consult a pharmacist for mild ailments and to see your doctor if you have persistent or severe symptoms or you don’t feel well.
Give yourself time to rest and recover
Do you ever feel like you’re chasing your tail or swimming against the tide? Do you experience sleep troubles regularly or do you always feel tired during the day? Many people don’t get enough sleep. Experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep per night. If you don’t give your body sufficient time to rest and recover, it can impact your physical and mental health. Try to get into a routine that allows you enough time to recharge your batteries. Use your evenings to wind down and relax and set yourself times to go to bed and get up every day. Your body clock will adjust and you should find it easier to doze off if you’re relaxed and calm when you hit the hay. Avoid caffeine and eating late, don’t get into bed and start checking emails or scrolling through social media and make sure your bedroom is a tranquil, soothing space.
Many of us are taking our health more seriously as a result of the pandemic. If you’re keen to take better care of your body and mind, take these simple tips on board. Small changes can make a huge difference.