When it comes to our health and our lives, we can be extreme on either end of the spectrum. Some focus on their health with all of their strength and will, or some choose not to think about those things until it’s too late. Not many people strike a balance, which is surprising. There are many things we can do to ensure our future health, and we can do it sensibly. Sometimes, just changing little things, here and there, can make the biggest difference. So Here are nine of those things. I believe taking charge of your present and future health is empowering and may inspire you to go even further.
Increase Water Intake
This foundational health practice is really a simple one that is fairly easy to accomplish but can make a huge difference to your life. Not just in the way you look but, mostly, in the way you feel. Increasing your water intake can do wonders for your skin’s health, your bladder, and body in general. It can also help you sleep at night. Water is a natural highway for detoxification. Drinking an increased amount will allow you to flush your body of toxins more regularly. Yes, you will visit the bathroom more, but this is a good thing. Water can also help with your skin complexion- clearing breakouts, making it more smooth, and creating a healthy glow. There are many benefits to drinking more water; it’s just a case of getting into the habit. One way you can do this is to keep a bottle of water with you all the time. It’s a constant reminder to keep drinking. Make sure the water you drink is quality, bottled or filtered. I prefer to use a filter system, that way I’m in control of what I’m drinking. Also, some plastics that water is bottled in is actually toxic to the body.
Though you don’t have to live in fitness gear and become a guru to have a fit and strong body. But a lot can be said for moving more. This can be as simple as just increasing the number of steps you take each day. Make an extra trip up and down the stairs. Get out for a walk in the fresh air or have a dance party in the kitchen. Moving more will always increase metabolism which will help with weight gain. As well as improving your general fitness. No more getting out of breath walking up a hill. It may even inspire you to run or engage in more fitness, but it doesn’t have to. Just the fact that you are moving more than you were is enough to help you in the future. You can get many devices these days that will help you track the number of steps you take. It’s always exciting to look and see just how far you’ve walked.
Take Care of Your Eyes
How often do you squint to watch the TV, read a book or a menu in a restaurant? (this changes nearly daily as you age…lol) Do you get headaches when staring for too long at a computer screen? Maybe you need to get your eyes checked. The thing is, regular eye check ups may not be on your radar of things you should do. It’s one of those things that gets put off until we have trouble. What we fail to realise is our eyes improve and deteriorate all the time. So even if you have had glasses or contacts, and it’s the same pair for a few years, they may be too weak or too strong now. The problem with that is that our eyesight is one of those things we don’t want to lose…at any cost. The power of seeing clearly. As we get older, there is still plenty to witness- you may have children or grandchildren. The best thing you can do is keep up with eye checks at least every other year.
It’s important to get regular check ups from your health care provider. This includes the appropriate screenings for your age. The thing is, when it comes to our bodies, some conditions and problems can remain hidden for long periods of time. Your doctor may get a clue to something that you would not. In the case of potentially life-threatening illness, this could save your life. At regular check ups at the doctors they will check your weight and BMI. They will also check your blood pressure, breasts, heart, lungs, and cholesterol, among other things. These all give the doctor a heads up about what may be going on in your body. If something is caught, it will ensure better health for you in the future. Some doctors offer regular full body checks where you can be monitored for all kinds of things. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. This is by no means to scare you. But fast action is better than no action at all.
Look After Your Teeth
Our teeth, again, are something that can be overlooked. But, the moment we get a bit of pain, we are straight away to the dentist in a heartbeat. Teeth are something that need to be cared for to ensure good health in the future. Bad dental care can lead to infections which can cause further problems in the body. It’s just not worth taking the risk. Having regular check ups with a dentist is a great way to avoid any issues. You may be able to catch problems sooner without them causing big issues in the future. A great way to keep up with regular checks is to have a dental plan in place. You could take a look at Guardian Life for more information. Having dental insurance may help cut the bills down to a manageable size, especially if you have a large family.
Be Inspired Daily
How would you feel if you were inspired daily? How much more do you think you could get out of life? I would say, quite a lot. Unfortunately, a lot of women forget to look for things that inspire them. They get stuck. They experience a Mundane life. This is where your mindset affects your future and your health. While we can’t always change our circumstances, we can change how we feel about them. Yes, money may be tight, but we have food and shelter. Yes, you may hate your job, but it pays the bills. Finding good in things can help you feel inspired. Being creative or engaging in a hobby are also good ways to be inspired. To feel a sense of positiveness overcome you is an amazing feeling and can have a big impact on your future life. Suddenly things become brighter. A different future seems possible.
Take are of Your Mental Health
A good part of the population does not pay attention to their mental health, that is until something goes wrong. This isn’t just focusing on depression or anxiety. Mental health is about your well-being. You need to take care of yourself. Being aware of your feelings and handling them well is imperative for life-balance. Take a moment to process adversity, challenges, and grief. Also, allow yourself to talk to others if you can’t work through a situation on your own. Get counselling to deal with issues, as they arise, rather than letting them get out of control. You should know yourself better than anyone else. Recognize the signs of declining mental health and get help if you need it.
Cervical screening is something most women don’t like to talk about. Just as much as men don’t like to discuss the prostate screening. But these areas are very fragile, intimate and, of course, prone to infections and diseases. As much as it isn’t the most pleasant thing to experience, regular pap smears can catch a disease process before it has the chance to become life-threatening. Infections can be dealt with before they turn into something more sinister. Most insurance companies pay for cervical screening for, at least, every two years. And, many primary care physicians will perform them.
Deal With Problems As They Arise
Finally, dealing with something as it arises is one of the best ways to ensure your future health. Ignoring something is foolish and can cost you your life. My mom might be alive today had she not ignored a lump on her jawline. Yes, it was cancer, and it was too late to have a good prognosis. And, my brother had what he thought was the flu and didn’t see a doctor. Because of that mistake, he died at the age of 34 of a rogue strep virus. Backaches, stomach problems, sore throats, anything that is causing you discomfort needs to be remedied immediately. And, if it doesn’t get better with standard home treatment, it’s time to see a doctor.
While we can’t always predict the future and what will happen, we can give ourselves a fighting chance of long life by paying attention and taking action when needed. Taking care of your health is a priority.
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