We all know it’s important to eat healthily, exercise and do everything we can to avoid spreading and catching illness. However, the universal difficulty is in actually implementing all these tips and turning them into a more positive lifestyle. That’s why it’s important to sometimes consider another perspective and understand the simple changes you can make in your life that will contribute to your overall health, often in surprising ways.
1) Consume vitamins regularly
Regularly taking a vitamin or mineral supplement is a great way to get all the nutrients you need without drastically changing your diet.
A multivitamin allows you to get a balanced mix of the most needed vitamins. You should take care when considering individual supplements as you may end up taking too much which could have a negative impact on your health.
Certain supplements like iron (ferrous sulphate) can come with a whole host of unwanted side effects, so it’s best to do plenty of research and speak to your doctor before taking them.
Researchers have estimated that when the elderly take multivitamins daily, it can potentially save the health system billions of pounds in unnecessary hospitalisation costs.
2) Be social
Humans are social in nature. We sustain families and identify ourselves with social gatherings, and great relationships with others contribute to good health, intimacy, and emotional prosperity. These can be as important as eating a healthy diet with regards to sustaining our bodies long-term.
Personal projects such a volunteering with a charity can cause feelings of positivity, fullfilment and self-motivation. Anything social you can add to your life within reason is going to contribute positively to your mental and physical health, even if it’s indirect, and this can also help with a range of emotional and physical issues you may be facing.
3) Manage stress, don’t be managed by it
Everyone suffers from a certain degree of stress at some point, but due to our different situations and predispositions it can be something that disproportionately plagues some people, whether this is through work related or personal problems.
Find constructive ways to help relieve stress such as taking up a hobby or activity, spend time with friends and family or even arrange weekly sessions with a counsellor. If these options aren’t a possibility, speaking to someone on a helpline such as the Samaritans can be helpfull.
4) Always have a decent rest
Not getting enough sleep not only leaves us feeling tired, it can also contribute to a variety of other illnesses. It is recommended that everyone gets 8 hours sleep each night, however, this figure can vary depending on age and other factors.
If you’re struggling to sleep, there are a variety of options available to try including meditation and relaxation, natural remedies such as lavendar and chamomile, sticking to a sleep schedule and removing all distractions such as tv’s and mobile devices, investing in a circadian alarm clock and limit caffienated drinks after 9pm.
This is only a short list of things you can do to make your lifestyle healthier but just implementing one or two of these practices now is a great place to get started.