7 Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Health Tomorrow
Remember at the start of the year? The day when you made your new year’s resolutions? Well… how’s it going? Have you managed to stay on target with them?
Chances are, like many of us, one or more of them have taken a backseat. Such is life! We often start with good intentions, but then, for whatever reason, we don’t follow through. Now, for some of your resolutions, it might not really matter. Your ambition to skydive or parachute from a plane this year can be put off till next year – though to be honest, if your resolution was to overcome your fear of heights, you may prefer to climb a mountain instead. That’s less likely to send you running to the loo with shredded nerves! But on a more serious note, if any of your resolutions were to do with your health, physically or mentally, it’s still worth getting on track with them. You don’t have to wait until the start of next year to make the effort. In fact you can do it today. Because you see…
IF YOU ARE PROACTIVE TODAY, YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH TOMORROW
Interested? Of course, you are. Your health should be your number one priority. So, with that in mind, here are seven things you can do today.
Get a handle on your addictions
Most of us are addicted to something. They aren’t all detrimental to our health, though some of them can be. On a physical and emotional level, you should look at your addictions and consider how they are harming you. Some are obvious. You know smoking is bad for you, and if you have fallen prey to the nicotine habit, you should find a way to quit, such as using electronic cigarettes. Nicocigs can easily be purchased online and are infinitely better for you. The same with alcohol. If you are prone to more than the odd tipple, you should look for non-alcoholic alternatives. In both cases, you should also seek the help from your doctor. Then there are the things that may not seem dangerous to your health on the surface but invariably are. Things such as your tv, smartphone, and Facebook are fine in moderation, but if they are taking over your life? More of that in the next point!
Unplug your devices
Smartphones, tablets, laptops, tvs… whether the screen size is large or small, you need to limit the time you have on them. They can easily become an addiction or a habit that you slip into without realizing. You come home from work and turn on the tv. You’re sat on the bus with your face glued to your phone. You scan Facebook posts nearly 24/7. All of these things are detrimental to your health. Aside from your eyes (they won’t go square like your mum said, but you will put a strain on them), you are also limiting the time you have for exercise, and you are badly limiting your social life (liking someone’s post on Facebook doesn’t count). Too much of a good thing can be bad for you, so for both your physical and emotional health, get off the sofa once in a while, move around, and you know…actually hang out with people face-to-face* for a while.
*No, Facetiming your bestie doesn’t count, either!
Buy a Fitbit (other devices are available)
If you are struggling to exercise regularly (lifting your remote control doesn’t count), then you need to find something to give you incentive. Now, we are advocating buying a Fitbit (or any other kind of fitness tracker) because there’s something exciting about seeing how many steps we have walked, and how many calories we have burned. It’s a sense of achievement, and when used correctly, it can drive you forward to better yourself. They look pretty cool on your wrist as well! Check out Mobile Mob to learn more about the Fitbit Versa 3, which I highly recommend. In the same vein, look for other ways to get you off your armchair. Finding an exercise partner or taking part in a sport you enjoy are also ways to incentivize you, getting you out of your armchair to up your exercise. Do one or all of these things today!
Give your refrigerator a makeover
Whoa! Put the paintbrush down – we aren’t suggesting you coat it with a bright new colour. It would probably invalidate the warranty for starters! We are referring to what you put inside your refrigerator, of course, getting rid of anything detrimental to your health – cakes, chocolate, fizzy drinks – and replacing them with foods that are actually good for you. Yes, it’s fine to have the occasional treat, but if your fridge is permanently stocked with the bad stuff, then you do need to rethink your diet. Your body will feel better for it, and you will have more energy throughout the day, without the need for a sugar fix when your body crashes.
Here’s one for your emotional health, and something we should all do on a daily level. Rather than complaining about everything (even when some of your complaints are warranted), start thinking about those things that are good in your life. If you’re struggling to think – you’re probably too busy complaining that we just made you throw the Coke out of the fridge – consider this list of gratitude, with 50 things to be thankful for today. More than a few of them will apply to you, we are sure. Make your own list, and add anything that comes to your mind. Then practice gratitude daily, putting something positive in your mind, and filtering out the negative stuff. And by negative stuff, we aren’t only referring to moans and groans. We are also referring to feelings of self-hate, self-criticism, and those troublesome words that are spoken to us by the negative people around us.
Sort out your sleep pattern
Those late nights watching your Netflix box sets? Partying hard at the weekend? Tossing and turning with stressed out thoughts? All detrimental to your sleep pattern. A lack of sleep can affect your health in so many ways. Medically speaking, the experts say we are prone to certain conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure when we don’t get enough shut-eye. On an emotional level, you will be more prone to stress and anxiety when you struggle to think straight after a poor night’s sleep. And generally speaking, your life will suffer in varying ways when you are tired throughout the day or napping more than you should (particularly when you should be working). Follow this helpguide to getting a better night’s sleep and your body and mind will surely thank you for it… you are still reading this, aren’t you? WAKE UP!!!
Book all the relevant appointments
You should never delay in getting your health checked out, so book an appointment with the professionals. We are thinking your doctor, dentist, and optician, but there may be other people you need to speak to if you know you have other prevailing health needs. And hey, even if you are given the all-clear by these special people, you will at least have the peace of mind knowing your health is okay. Of course, if anything is wrong, it’s better to find out early so action can be taken. So, don’t delay, book those appointments today! (We really should take up poetry).
So, what are you waiting for? Unplug the device you are reading this on (after bookmarking this article and sharing it with your Facebook groupies), put down that Mars Bar (naughty), and get to work on this list now. Your very health depends upon it!