How many of us are guilty of letting work, family, and life in general, supersede our obligation to take care of our well-being? The answer to that question is a lot of us. It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves when we’re preoccupied with other things. The notion that our physical, mental and overall health comes second to our responsibilities needs to go. If you are interested in some easy ways to improve your mind, body, and home health then keep reading.
1. Put the Technology Down
Now more than ever, people are attached to their phones and laptops whether it be for work or for personal enjoyment. While technology has its benefits, it can also have very adverse effects on health. Too much exposure to these devices can cause eye strain, posture issues, and spread germs. Prevent some of these symptoms by taking frequent breaks, using night mode, and cleaning your devices.
Aside from the physical effects, it can take a toll on your mental health too. Researchers have found that people who constantly check their phones can experience more stress than those who don’t. A good proportion of individuals experiencing stress due to technology is because of constant social media use. Browsing social networks or checking for notifications plays a big factor in people’s mental health as the number of likes or unrealistic images on these platforms can influence users’ self-image negatively, creating stress and anxiety. Take regular breaks from technology and try a relaxing activity like yoga to help bring peace into your life.
2. Minimize Stress and Anxiety
No one wants to be stressed, yet it’s an unavoidable part of life that everyone experiences at one point or another. Although some level of stress is completely normal, increased amounts of it can have detrimental effects. While there are a lot of common symptoms of stress in both men and women, men are less likely to verbalize what they’re feeling.
Issues men experience due to increased amounts of stress can include:
- Social withdrawal
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Muscle tightness
Treat these issues as quickly as possible to prevent them from becoming permanent problems and more difficult to fix in the long run. Some problems can be easily nipped in the bud. Erectile dysfunction is easily treatable with medication that helps achieve and maintain an erection to prevent intimacy issues. Whereas muscle relaxants can help reduce tightness you may be feeling in your body and relieve discomfort. If you find yourself socially isolating, try taking a self-care day to help give yourself a much-needed mental break.
For women, common symptoms include:
- Fertility issues
Medication like ibuprofen can help with headaches and tension. While following a dietary plan can help with overeating and binging. However, fertility is a much more complex problem to fix, so try not to let stress get you to that point. Practicing relaxing hobbies and talking to your loved ones are good ways to promote good mental health and help reduce stress.
1. Eat More Nutritious Foods
This is one of the most commonly used tips when trying to become a healthier individual and it’s because it’s one of the best things you can do for your body. Eating a well-balanced diet can prevent serious health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It can also improve overall well-being by boosting energy and improving mood.
To incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, there are a few things you can do.
First, you can substitute classic sides such as french fries and rice with healthier alternatives. You can easily incorporate baked sweet potatoes fries to replace regular fries and a quinoa brown rice mix instead of white rice. Another thing you can do is look for nutritious snacks. When you’d normally reach for some chips, try making a cucumber salad instead. The dish consists of cucumber, tomatoes, and a light dressing that doubles as a snack to enjoy during the day, but also provides nutritional value. Take vitamins and minerals to boost health even more as sometimes fruits and veggies don’t always give you enough nutritional value.
2. Improve Personal Hygiene
Personal hygiene means more than just making sure you look good. It means taking care of every part of your body since unkempt hair, skin, and nails can lead to infections, illnesses, and a variety of medical issues. Regularly trimming your nails, washing your hands, brushing your teeth and bathing are simple yet essential tasks you need to do to take care of yourself. Doing these things on a daily basis seems like a given yet there are many people who forget to take care of themselves for many reasons — work, family, personal issues, and more.
If your personal hygiene is lacking due to a hectic life, then you should try to schedule time for taking care of yourself. Create a routine to keep yourself on track and help make it easier to remember the things you need to do. Brush your teeth both morning and night to help fight gum disease and bathe early morning because it is known to have destressing properties. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently, because it’s one of the best ways to prevent germs from getting your mouth, nose, and ears. One of the best ways to ensure you complete these practices regularly is by making a visual list where you can cross off each item until you remember to do them without the reminder.
1. Clean Thoroughly
It’s completely normal for your home to get messy from time to time, but if it is constantly in disarray that can be an issue. It will be difficult to get the motivation to live a healthier life if your home is unorganized and hectic. A messy home can affect your mood, invite pests, cause falls, and increase your chances of getting sick.
Start by removing items that you no longer need. Getting rid of unnecessary items frees up space, but also can signify a new start. Aftward wipe down and sanitize everything from top to bottom. Removing dust, germs, and bacteria will improve your physical health immensely. Thoroughly cleaning your space can seem like a chore at first, but afterward, you’ll be so happy that you did because it will reflect not only an improved lifestyle but a new healthier you.
2. Let in Fresh Air
Fresh air can do wonders for your home. Opening your windows allows any unwanted scents or toxins to leave your home while pulling in cleaner air. The air inside your home can easily become tainted as dust and other pollutants build up. This can make it hard to breathe and cause respiratory problems.
To improve air quality, even more, consider getting an air purifier. This will help those who don’t necessarily want their windows open but still want a better breathing environment. Whether you choose a high powered air purifier to clean multiple rooms in the house or choose to keep your windows open, you’re still improving the ventilation in your home.
Healthy living goes beyond just taking care of your body. Your mental health and the state of your home play a role in your overall well-being too, because if you don’t take care of them it will be more difficult to improve your overall health.