It's Time To Take Your Health More Seriously - Collaborative Post

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  • Thursday, 2 July 2020

"Health and happiness are two things that we all deserve in our lives. Moreover, the two are very closely linked, which is why investing in your wellbeing is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a happy future. 

The last few months have taken a toll on all of us, and the fallout of Covid-19 is set to last for a long time to come. You have done an amazing job to navigate the uncertainties that have accompanied the first wave. As the lockdown rules are slowly relaxed, this is the time to truly put your health first. Here's how.

#1. Invest In Your Look

If you're hoping to consciously transform your life for the better, it's always best to focus on the issues that you can control. There's no doubt that looking great makes you feel great, which can have a telling influence on other parts of life as well as your wellbeing. Unlocking your very best appearance will require an ongoing effort. Still, it is possible to see big improvements in next to no time.

The following steps will put you on the road to success, generating visible changes in a matter of days;

  • Get a good night's sleep, and start putting your phone down for at least an hour before bed.

  • Employ a positive skincare routine, and consider a home spray tan if it suits your complexion.

  • Find the right clothing style to suit your body shape and personal preferences.

  • Learn to master basic makeup applications and hairstyle switch-ups.

  • Pay attention to your smile with home whitening kits or aligners.

Investing in your look is far more than a vanity project. It establishes the strongest foundation for physical and mental wellbeing. Make it the starting point of your new healthy lifestyle, and you will not regret it.

#2. Get Your Career Under Control

Stress, anxiety, depression, and a list of mental health conditions are linked to money worries. Meanwhile, a lack of stability and routine can leave you feeling disorganised and unable to truly plan ahead. Whether you've been furloughed, made redundant, or told to work from home doesn't matter. For many people, the changes caused by Covid-19 are not a temporary issue.

Regaining control of your career will lift a weight from your shoulders. Some of the best options are;

  • Build a quality home office space that can serve your needs for several months or longer.

  • Consider freelancing, self-employment, and contracting opportunities.

  • Create a new CV, cover letter template, and portfolio website.

  • Look to find roles in a more stable industry to overcome the obstacles posed by Covid-19.

  • Think about starting a side-hustle business or topping up your earnings with part-time money earners.

While your career isn't a health element per se, its impact on your wellbeing is huge. Given the amount of time dedicated to work, you cannot afford to do something that makes you feel unhappy. Besides, your income will influence the possibilities in day-to-day life too.

#3. Attend To Health Complaints

Modern life is hectic, or at least it was prior to the pandemic. If you have overlooked obvious signs of deteriorating health, now is the time to act. You may never get a better chance to complete a treatment and actually allow your body to recuperate in style. Conversely, if you continue to ignore them now, it's likely that you'll never seek the professional support that is required.

Do not try to self-diagnose. See a specialist that can help you through your problems, such as;

  • An optician to check your eyesight and ensure that you gain the right prescription.

  • An audiologist to diagnose hearing loss or tinnitus before finding the best course of treatment.

  • Private health specialists like Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford to treat injuries and manage pains.

  • Psychologists to support you through any mental health concerns.

  • A chiropractor or acupuncturist to treat back problems and wellness issues.

Even if you are able to ignore the pain and discomfort, those issues are affecting your life. The physical limitations reduce your quality of life. This subsequently harms your mental wellbeing. You owe it to yourself to finally gain the help you require.

#4. Get Fitter

Nobody should feel forced to dedicate their lives to gaining the athletic magazine model look. After all, we all know that good lighting and editing distort the reality behind those professional photos. But while you shouldn't compare yourself to celebs, getting fitter can enhance your world in many ways. Sadly, the previous post about gym life back in March became redundant once the lockdown started.

Still, there's no excuse not to get fitter through outdoor sports and activities. The benefits include;

  • Even if you don't need to lose weight, it'll help you tone up.

  • You will feel fitter, stronger, more flexible, and energised while your breathing capacity improves too.

  • The workouts can add structure to your life, enabling you to get back into a routine after recent months.

  • You'll be a more positive person due to physical changes, and the release of endorphins during exercises.

  • The use of sports watches and other tools help you connect with friends digitally while making fitness fun.

There's no doubt that getting fitter will enhance your quality of life with immediate and lasting results. Even if you are returning to exercise after years of inactivity, it's never too late. However, it is another incentive to correct any health issues you may have.

#5. Spend Time With People

Human interaction is essential for our wellbeing, development, and general happiness. The Zoom quizzes were great fun to tide us over. However, as the lockdown rules are relaxed, you should look to make up for lost time by connecting with the people you love most. Of course, if you are considered vulnerable due to personal circumstances, a little more patience is needed.

For those that can meet up with other households in a safe manner, the following activities are ideal;

  • Picnics in the park or exploring other outside spaces, excluding overly busy beaches.

  • Trips to socially distanced pubs, ideally with a pub garden.

  • Garden BBQs and small social gatherings.

  • Go camping to make up for the lack of a summer holiday abroad.

  • Enjoy a day at a theme park or other outdoor attraction where you can keep your distance.

We will all still need to be careful over the coming months. Still, time spent with loved ones is essential for our health and wellness. The last few months should have offered perspective as to who really matters in your life. Now is the time to embrace it.

#6. Quit Bad Habits

Some people have used the lockdown to put an end to bad habits. From quitting cigarettes to avoiding the daily trip to the McDonald's drive-thru, it's great news if you were able to make those changes. However, you shouldn't beat yourself up if new bad habits formed during the lockdown. After all, it has been an immensely stressful time for us all. Still, now is the time to take charge of the situation.

Only you will know what habits need to be removed from your life, but common solutions are;

  • Reducing your alcohol intake, perhaps via a short-term detox followed by a healthier relationship with booze.

  • Using a self-exclusion to stop yourself from gambling on betting sites and online casinos.

  • Limiting your time on videogames, social media, and activities that should be enjoyed in moderation.

  • Cutting out people that have a negative influence on your life.

  • Opening up about problems rather than bottling them inside.

Sometimes in life, removing bad elements will bring far bigger changes than positive additions. Whether we like it or not, Covid-19 has placed a bookmark in all of our lives. Learning from the mistakes of your past chapters is crucial as you look to start the next.

#7. Appreciate Your Diet

Nobody should ever pressure you into following a specific diet. However, you must accept the fact that your body is a machine that requires the right type of fuel to perform. Overeating and undereating are equally damaging issues that must be avoided. However, consuming the right quantities of food to maintain a healthy weight is only the start.

Nutrition impacts every aspect of your health, which is why you should do the following:

  • Take the Intolerance Lab home test to determine whether you have any food allergies.

  • Use supplements to combat any natural vitamin deficiencies.

  • Enjoy a wide range of foods for the sake of your health as well as your taste buds.

  • Start cooking more meals from scratch to reduce your processed food intake.

  • Try to limit empty calories from fizzy drinks and juices.

For some people, nutrition is about meeting target weights. Whether you are bothered by this or not, consuming the right foods will make you feel better from the inside. Your gut is truly the window to improved wellbeing. Don't ignore it.

The Final Word

Nothing in this life is more important than your health and happiness. The Covid-19 pandemic has only further underlined this. Focus on at least some of the features above, and you should see positive changes in no time. You've got this!"


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