The coronavirus pandemic has really highlighted just how important it is that we look after ourselves and take better care of our health. If you’ve been neglecting your health for a while, now is the perfect time to take control and improve your wellbeing.
With that in mind, here are some simple changes you can make right now to start taking control of your health in 2021 and beyond:
Go to the doctor
So many people avoid seeing their doctor even when they have worrying symptoms They stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. This is the worst thing you can possibly do for your health because thew sooner problems are diagnosed, the faster and more effectively they can be treated. So, if you’re worried about your heart, go see a cardiologist, if you have some general symptoms, see a GP, and well you get the idea. Your health is important so don’t ignore it.
Up your fruit and veg intake
You knew it was coming, but eating more fruit and veggies is really important for your overall health. As well as being low in calories, fruit and veg are high in most of the vitamins and minerals you need to live a long, healthy life. Not only that, but they contain bags of fibre, which is excellent for gut health and will help you to feel more energetic. You don’t have to drastically change your diet, just add an extra portion of fruit or veggies to each meal and take it from there.
Learn to meditate
Stress is worse for your health than you might think. As well as being terrible for your mental health, it can lower your blood pressure and increase your risk of a whole host of physical problem including heart disease, obesity, and chronic pain. That’s why it’s so important you do whatever you can to lower your stress levels, and there’s no denying that learning to meditate is one of the most effective stress-relievers there is. It’s free, relatively easy to learn and very effective, so what are you waiting for?
Find an exercise you love
If you can find a form of physical movement that you really enjoy, you will naturally do it more often and your heart, muscles and bones will all thank you for it, not to mention your waistline, So, in the next few months make it your mission to try lots of exercises and see which ones work for you. Then, resolve to do them on a regular basis – at least 150 minutes per week is ideal.
Make sleep a priority
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to feel stressed, depressed, gain weight, suffer from physical conditions like heart disease and struggle to concentrate in daily life, amongst other things. So, make a real effort to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day and you will soon see some major health benefits in your life.