Monday, 5 February 2018

5 Things You Can Do To Benefit Your Health Now

Looking after your health is important, but when you’re a busy mum, and you’re juggling your home life and work - your health can take a backseat. Ignoring your health is not only damaging to you, but it could have an affect on your family. If you’re feeling a bit run down or simply need to pick yourself up, then here are five things that you can do to benefit your health now.

1. Go for your routine check-ups

It’s very important that you stick to your medical appointments. Staying on top of your dentist and doctors appointments is important, and could reveal something underlying that you might not have noticed. It also sets a good example for your children if you’re shown to go to the doctor and dentists too.

What you can do now: Put appointments in your diary or your phone and set yourself reminders for when they’re due. Make sure you stick to them by clearing some time out of your schedule.

2. Start drinking more water

Drinking water is especially important for your health. Drinking water helps to keep you hydrated, meaning you’ll retain your energy and focus and won’t be plagued by those afternoon headaches. There are ways you can help yourself to drink more water that will encourage you to up your intake and start feeling the benefits.

What you can do now: Buy yourself a refillable bottle and keep it with you throughout the day to make it easier for you to remember to sip regularly!

3. Stop ignoring problems

If you’ve been feeling run down for a while, it could be a sign of something serious. Being on the go all the time is bad for your mental health, as well as your physical health. If your body is telling you that something is wrong, don’t ignore it. Either slow down or visit your doctor to make sure you get the help you need. This is something that can be common with new mums as they adjust to everything that comes with motherhood. If something’s not been right since the birth, then you might want to get confirmation of an injury and get a birth injury attorney to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Remember that a problem shared is a problem halved, so don’t ignore any warning signs.

What you can do now: Speak to a friend or relative about any problems you might be facing. Sharing your concerns with someone else could help you figure out a solution you might not have thought of.

4. Eat a healthier diet

We all know the importance of a healthy diet, but many of us can find a healthy diet hard to keep up when we’re busy. If you find that you eat on the move or find yourself eating unhealthy convenience foods, it’s time to switch up your habits. Research some quick and healthy recipes that you can cook up easily, even when you’re short on time. If you can, batch make meals that you can freeze or refrigerate so that you can have something easy to heat up when you haven’t got time to cook.

What you can do now: Start eating breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and when you eat a balanced breakfast - you’ll feel much less tempted to snack on sugary foods by mid-morning.

5. Get exercising

When you’re a mum, or you have a busy career (or both!), it’s not always easy to find the time to exercise. However, short bursts of exercise are better than none at all, and there are some simple was to fit some exercise into your day. Start by getting out and walking more or do some exercise at home. Try and work up to doing 150 minutes of exercise a week (5 x 30-minute sessions) and you’ll soon feel much more energised.

What you can do now: Get a step counter (most phones now have these built in), and start trying to increase how much you walk. Many people will tell you to aim for 10,000 steps, but any improvement day after day will show that you’re getting more active.

Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle will make it easier for you to tackle life’s daily challenges. Start by making small lifestyle changes that will help you to get your health on track. No matter how busy your routine is, it’s important that you pay attention to yourself to help make sure you stay healthy and happy.

*This is a collaborative post*


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