When it comes to our health, it should be important no matter what age we are. Looking after our health will ensure that we live long and healthy lives so if you’re looking at improving your overall health, here are ten ways to do so.
Get A Good Sleep Routine
Sleep is important to our overall health because our body recovers and repairs itself during this time. Without sleep, our bodies aren’t functioning at their best, so it’s great to get a good sleep routine in check the sooner the better. And a routine is possible once you’ve forced yourself to do it a few times. Some people can cope with just five hours of sleep, but most of us need around seven hours on average. To get yourself into a good routine, create a trigger that will help your body recognize that it’s time for bed. That might be changing into your pajamas, reading a book, having a bath or a cup of herbal tea.
If you struggle to sleep then it is useful to experiment with a variety of options. Perhaps an eye mask, blackout blinds or soothing sounds.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water is something that we’re mainly made up of and therefore not giving yourself a daily intake is going to harm your body over time. A lack of water will also show on the outside as your skin needs hydration. It can end up feeling dry and fine lines, and wrinkles are likely to form sooner than normal. Water helps keep your skin looking plumped and also flushes off the toxins in your body. Try and drink 1.5 liters a day, more if you’re exercising and if you don’t enjoy drinking water, flavor it with fruit or perhaps certain vegetables like cucumber.
Learn To Say No
We can very easily say yes to everything because we want to impress them and keep everyone happy. However, sometimes it’s not possible to see everyone and take on every last project or task you’re given at work. So try to limit what you take on and learn to say no. Taking on too much will likely lead to you getting stressed or burning out, and neither of those is going to be good for your health. Don’t feel guilty for saying no because it’s better to admit that you can’t do something than say you can do it and then not go through with it.
Indulge In Self-Care
Just like learning to say no, we often find ourselves too busy to spend time on ourselves. It’s important to slow down and take a break. Schedule in some time every week to indulge in a little self-care. This can be anything as long as it’s a treat for you and something that you enjoy. Self-care is not only good to relax, but it’s also good for your mental health. So whether it’s taking a bath or going for a walk, make time for it.
Cut Out Bad Habits
We all have a bad habit or two, and they can often cause issues for our bodies if excessive. Bad habits like binge drinking and smoking are two examples that can damage your health, and once the damage has been done, it’s hard to reverse it. So to remove that bad habit, find the trigger that sets you off to do that bad habit and remove it.
Keep Up With Health Appointments
Your health appointments should always be a priority because even if you feel ok, you don’t know about any underlying issues that might be happening internally. Go for the relevant test that’s offered to you and even if it’s a small thing, don’t feel embarrassed to book an appointment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and it’ll at least be a weight off your mind.
We don’t have the same metabolism or fitness levels that we once had, so you should be exercising regularly. Try to do at least twenty minutes a day if possible and find something you enjoy, rather than a sport or activity that your friends are doing. You are less likely to keep it up if you don’t have fun. Challenge yourself and if you find it difficult, try something different until it gets easier. Try something that you might have thought you wouldn’t like as it may surprise you.
Be Wise With Your Diet
Eating healthily is an obvious way to improve your health, but it’s easier said than done. The bad food for you often tastes better but it’s not going to be good for your body as you get older. Make sure you’re conscious of getting plenty of vegetables and fruit in your diet. Think about portion sizes and keep carbs to a minimum. You should also factor in your alcohol intake as certain ones can be calorific. It doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely, but you can opt for healthier options.
Challenge Your Brain
Mentally challenging your brain will help keep it active and is especially important when you retire as you may not be engaging your brain as often as you would when you’re in a job. Learn new things and do crossword puzzles or sudoku to help challenge yourself and your memory more importantly. You can also do mini-challenges like taking a different route to work or listening to a new kind of music. Do something that you’ve never experienced before and that will challenge your brain.
Communicate With Others
We all need social connections and to communicate with others. You should make time for socializing and when you feel like you have something to get off your chest, turn to a loved one for support rather than bottling it up. Sometimes it might be necessary to reach out to a stranger because talking to someone you know might not be helpful in certain situations.
You can always improve your health, so take some of these tips and see the difference it makes to your overall health.