We are one month into 2017 and I am personally not missing its
predecessor one tiny bit. I am, however, planning ahead for this year and so
far it’s looking busy: full of deadlines, trips away and events. While I’m
super excited to find out what this year has in store for me, I need to
remember to look after myself. Now it may seem selfish, but how am I supposed
to look after those around me without looking after myself first?
Here are some ways you can make healthy decisions without
breaking the bank or taking up too much time.
and health assessments
Many people encounter difficulties
when it comes to self-assessing their health. There can be a number of reasons
for this. Upon detecting a health concern, it is common to simply ignore it. Or
to Google is and start reading about the worst possible outcomes (has anyone
else done this numerous times?!). This can be down to personal embarrassment or
through a fear that what you have discovered could be something serious.
Now people, it’s completely natural
to feel uneasy about a health concern or irregularity, but you must ensure that
you get the help you need, and more often than not there will be nothing to
worry about. Never feel as though you are wasting a GP’s time by getting
something checked, and you should never feel embarrassed about a health
concern. They have seen whatever it is you’re worried about thousands of times.
Familiarise yourself with ‘red flag’ symptoms.
It can also be hard to remember to
carry out routine checks. Set personal reminders to counteract this and ensure
you are using an appropriate method for detection. Both men and women should
check for unusual lumps and bumps on a regular basis. Remember that the sooner
you get a concern seen to by a doctor, the sooner your health will be to
getting back to normal.
It is recommended that everyone does
at least 30 minutes of exercise a day minimum. The thought of spending half an
hour each day slaving away on a treadmill sounds pretty crazy to me, so I like
to mix it up and create a plan full of my favourite activities. I love jogging
outside when it’s warmer, hitting the gym and weightlifting daily, and yoga in
my bedroom. The list is endless. But remember, 30 minutes is just a rough
guide, and the amount that you should ideally be doing will vary depending on
your personal needs and goals. You should talk to your GP to get tailored
advice on what you need to be doing to improve your health.
There are many benefits to regular
exercise. Aside from making you physically fitter and healthier, it can improve
your mental health and prevent the development of diseases. You can also turn
it into a social activity. By choosing a fun activity with a group or some
friends, you can make exercise feel less like a chore and you may meet new,
likeminded people. Collaborating with others and providing motivation for each
other can also help you stick to your goals.
Yaaas, food! Combine your new
exercise routine with a healthy diet. This means making reasonable substitutes
to your daily intake. If you usually drink alcohol regularly, and particularly
if you often consume above the recommended allowances, you should start to
notice some immediate improvements. These can include being able to get a
deeper sleep (I personally love sleep, I’m all for longer, deeper sleep),
experiencing sustained and boosted energy levels throughout the day, having
better concentration, and a brighter mood. Alcohol dehydrates your skin and
contains high calorie levels, so a cutting back will also benefit your
waistline and skincare.
Drink more water to stay hydrated
and maintain your body fluid levels. I like to always carry a litre bottle with
me (pink of course) and just sip on that throughout the day. Don’t forget to
always include a portion of fruit and vegetables with your meal, cut out junk
food snacks during the day, and ditch processed foods in favour of fresh
produce where possible.
Although I am a positive person, I
sometimes experience periods when it can be hard to maintain a positive
outlook. One of the best ways to go about lifting yourself from lethargy is to
socialise and get out of the house. Spending more time with friends and giving
yourself the opportunity to meet new people can improve your self-esteem and
eradicate feelings of isolation and anxiety. It is also hugely beneficial for
your mental health to discuss your concerns with those around you.
Sharing stresses can provide a great
sense of relief, and also give you a fresh perspective on your problems. You
may find that you are often getting worked up over nothing once you have talked
things through with someone who can see the situation from a vantage point
stripped of the emotional entanglement. If you still have concerns or are
finding that your negative mind set is lasting for an extended period of time
or becoming too much to handle alone, talk to your GP. Mental health should not
treated as a taboo subject and there is a great deal of support available to
you. There are always people there for you, you’re not alone.
With access to some of the country’s
finest specialist consultants, One Stop Doctors can provide the
healthcare expertise you need in one place should you have any concerns
surrounding the topics discussed in this article. All services and treatments
are tailored to the individual needs and lifestyles of each patient, so you can
be sure you’re making the best decisions for your health.