What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Really Mean?

Getting enough sleep

Not
getting enough sleep has been linked to significant problems such as:

  • greater risk of
    depression and anxiety
  • increased risk of
    heart disease and cancer
  • impaired memory
  • reduced immune
    system functioning
  • weight gain
  • greater likelihood
    of accidents.

Are you getting enough rest? It has been suggested that most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep. Assessment:

  • Am
    I often tired?
  • Am
    I using caffeine to get through the day?
  • Do
    I sleep well?
  • Do
    I wake up refreshed?
  • Do
    I get drowsy while driving or watching TV?

How to improve your sleep:

  • Set
    a regular bedtime, your body craves consistency and you’re more likely to get
    enough sleep if you schedule rest like your other important tasks.
  • De-caffeinate
    yourself. Try to avoid coffee and colas starting six to eight hours before bed
  • De-stress
    yourself. Relax by taking a hot bath, meditating or envisioning a soothing
    scene. Turn off daytime worries by finishing any next-day preparations about an
    hour before bed.
  • Exercise
    can improve sleep in a lot of ways. Avoid exercising right before bed since
    exercise may make you more alert, stretching right before bed may be a good
    transition to sleep.
  • Make
    your bed a sleep haven, meaning no paying bills or writing reports in bed. If
    you remain alert after 15 minutes of trying to go to bed, it is recommended you
    get up until you feel more tired.

Proper Nutrition

Making eating healthy a part of daily life rather than
following fad diets is the key to wellness. Try setting realistic goals and
make small diet changes and walk every day.

  • Try
    baking, grilling or broiling meat rather than frying. Take the skin off before
    cooking chicken or turkey. Try to incorporate fish into your diet at least once
    a week.
  • Reduce
    extra fat. I can’t really get on board with no fat or low fat or margarine;
    however, moderation is key.
  • Eat
    fresh fruits and vegetables with your meals and as snaks.
  • Read
    nutritional labels of foods.
  • When
    you eat out, be aware of larger portion sizes.
  • Stay
    hydrated. Focus on water and beware of sweetened drinks that add lots of sugar
    and calories to your diet. This includes fruit juice, soda, sports and energy
    drinks, sweetened or flavored mild, and sweetened iced tea.
  • The
    majority of your purchases should be on the outside aisles of the supermarket.

Consistent exercise

  • Exercise
    controls weight. Any amount of activity is better than none. A small step is to
    just get more active through the day, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    Consistency is the key.
  • Exercise
    combats health conditions and diseases such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, high
    blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer,
    arthritis, and falls. It can also improve cognitive function and lowers the
    risk of death.
  • Exercise
    improves mood. It is one of the least utilized anti-depressants. Physical
    activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier,
    more relaxed and less anxious.
  • Exercise
    boost energy.
  • Exercise
    promotes better sleep, just remember not too close to bedtime.
  • Exercise
    puts the spark back into your sex life.
  • Exercise
    can be fun, and social.

Taking care of your body and mind

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Everyone is going through something, so let’s be positive in our approach and leave the judgments when someone is struggling. See your counselor, learn better communication strategies and lets make our overall mental, emotional and physical health a priority.

Managing medications and doctor’s appointments

If you have questions or concerns, see your doctor. Not knowing, putting your head in the sand and avoiding a diagnosis that scares you will not make it better and it probably isn’t going away. It is natural to fear what you may find out, but I can guarantee you, catching something earlier is better.

Take your medications as prescribed. If you are looking to wean or come off your medications, do so with guidance from your doctor.

In case you need permission, it is ok to make your health and well being a priority. If you do not make the time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness.

Let’s walk together to health and harmony.

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