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These Simple Everyday Changes Can Really Improve Your Health

April 27, 2020

It’s tempting to think that only major, drastic changes to your lifestyle can make any significant difference to your health, but that’s not the case. In fact, not only can small changes add up to a distinct shift in your wellbeing, but you’re also more likely to stick to them.

Try integrating these small tweaks into your daily life: 

Change Up Your Diet

Even if you’re not constantly eating terribly, there is always room for improvement. A balanced meal should include ample portions of fruits and vegetables. Cutting down on unnecessary fats can also increase your health. It’s important to reduce the salt content in your diet as well; the National Kidney Foundation recommends using fresh meats instead of packaged ones. It’s also recommended to avoid spices that have added salt. Eating the right foods will also nurture your gut microbiome, which is the delicate balance of microbes in your stomach. Keeping your microbiome happy can lead to proper physical and mental health. 

Take Care Of Your Skin

While your skin regenerates at an impressive pace, how you take care of it determines what the next layer looks and feels like. Nowhere is this more evident that on your face, where your skin is exposed, visible, and influences your self-esteem. Use products appropriate for your age and skin type, such as a quality collagen serum to bring back your youthful appearance while keeping the delicate skin on your face healthy and vibrant. 

Get Restful Sleep

Being your best self isn’t just about getting the right amount of sleep but also getting the right type of sleep. There are different stages of sleep, and the third one is known as restful sleep, where your body takes the time to repair itself. Your brain, in particular, needs that stage of sleep to recuperate from your day and deal with your memories. Without restful sleep, it’s likely that you’ll still feel tired during the day and you’ll be more prone to episodes of anxiety. According to Sleep Watch, you can increase your likelihood of restful sleep by getting some exercise during the day and creating a bedtime ritual. Be sure to keep your bedroom dimly lit and cool, which is ideal for a good night’s rest. 

Focus on Dental Wellness

There is a connection between what happens in your mouth and what goes on in the rest of your body. Your oral health is linked to you entirely, including to your mental health. Not taking care of your teeth can lead to depression (and depression can lead to oral care neglect). Depression, in turn, makes you less likely to prioritize your bi-annual dental exam, and you may not feel like brushing and flossing every day. To avoid many health issues, including cavities and bad breath, take care of your teeth; brush every day, and avoid foods that leave a layer of sugar behind. 

Stretch and Relax

If you add stretching to your daily routine, you’ll likely see an increase in your flexibility. That’s not the only benefit, though. Stretching can help you relax and prevent the development of back pain. Finally, consistent stretching can help you get the restful sleep detailed in the above section. If you’re not sure which stretching exercises might work for you, 8Fit has a guided routine that you might like. This includes hamstring stretches, lying torso twist, and downward dog. When trying stretches for the first time, make sure you move slowly and back out of any stretches that are causing you pain.

Sneak in Some Exercise

It cannot be said enough that exercise is important for both your physical and mental health, so try to make time for it every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard; instead of going to a gym, how about dancing at home or working up a sweat with a few chores? You can get your leg exercises done by squatting instead of bending when you need to pick something up. Whenever possible, consider using the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. Don’t worry if you’re stuck at work for most of the day; you can still get a workout with calf raises, speed walking and stability ball exercises. Whatever activity you choose, there are certainly ways to fit them into your daily routine. 

Your health is important and luckily it’s not that hard for you to achieve overall wellness. If you make a few simple changes to what you eat, how you sleep and how you sneak exercise into your schedule, you’ll be able to reap the benefits in no time. What’s even better is that you don’t have to make all the changes at once.


Guest Post by Jennifer McGregor
mcgregor_jennifer@publichealthlibrary.org
PublicHealthLibrary.org

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