The CEO of your own health refers to being the best leader of your well-being in the best possible way. Taking care of your health means you will be better motivated to choose a healthy lifestyle and increase your longevity and performance. Taking control of your health will also halt diseases and illnesses before they become problematic.
Feeling good about yourself will be a boost for your self-esteem and self-image. So, no matter what excuses you have, strive to take one small step today to help add up to big changes tomorrow in your health. Here are some valuable tips to help you take charge.
A BALANCED DIET
Your overall health majorly depends upon the amount and type of food you eat. Your meal must consist of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water. These foods will provide you with the essential nutrients you need: vegetables, fruits, cereals and grains, milk and dairy products, poultry and meat, nuts and seeds. According to recent recommendations, your meal must consist of a half plate serving of fruits and vegetables and the other half serving of proteins and carbohydrates.
A healthy diet will help improve your mental functioning consisting of thinking, focus, and concentration along with strengthening your muscles, bones, skin, and immune system. When you pledge to eat healthy, the sugar and fatty food consumption automatically reduces which keeps many diseases at bay along with maintaining a healthy weight.
REGULARIZE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Exercise should be a must for your daily routine. It is not a compulsion that you have to take extra time for physical activity every day. Instead, add some extra workouts to your daily chores. For instance, get off the bus one or two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way, take a break to stretch or roll your shoulders in between work breaks, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Adding physical activity to your routine assists you to enjoy a healthy gut, healthy heart, good quality sleep, mental sharpness, better mood, and control of blood sugar levels. In totality, these are the ways to live a healthy and longer life span.
UNDERSTAND HEALTH INDICATORS
Health indicators are the guidelines that help you understand your state of health in a better way. These fundamental indicators also give you suggestions on how to achieve your health goals and make improvements if you are falling behind.
- Sleeping pattern
You must aim to fall asleep within 30 minutes of getting in bed and strive to not wake up more than once throughout the night. This will leave you more rested, restored, and energized the next morning.
- Bowel movements
A normal bowel movement is defined by easy ejaculation of poop without needing to strain. You must be able to empty your colon often enough that you don’t feel bloated or in pain.
- Healthy urinary bladder
Pale yellow color urine must be there whenever you go to the toilet. There should not be any leakage or discomfort when you are performing daily activities.
- Healthy hair
Your hair must not feel brittle, dry, or frizzy. To keep it healthy, brush it daily and wash it every few days.
- Healthy skin
Well-hydrated skin will have an even tone with no irregular sensations like stretching, burning, or itching.
- Good oral health
Your gums are healthy then they are pink and don’t bleed while flossing or brushing. Cold and hot beverages must not give you any discomfort or sensitivity. A neutral breath is also an indicator of good health.
- Menstrual health
A consistent cycle of 28 days which may vary between 21 to 45 days is considered normal.
Sleep has a profound effect on both your mental and physical health. Apart from improving your mood and cognitive thinking, sleep also releases hormones that control the energy consumption of the body during metabolism. Here are some ways to calm stress and snooze more soundly.
- Make a bedtime routine
- Focus on maintaining a relaxing sleep environment in the bedroom
- Eliminate screen time before sleeping
- Read a book or listen to music before bedtime
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENIC HABITS
Appropriate personal hygiene prevents or controls many diseases and conditions from hampering your health. It will start with:
- Regularly keep your hands, face, and body clean
- Maintain nail hygiene
- Practice clean sanitary habits
- Avoid the spreading of infection if you are suffering with a cough or cold
- Maintain good menstrual hygiene
Other than personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene is also necessary. Create safe spaces around yourself and be mindful of proper food storage and consumption. These healthy lifestyle changes will assist you in taking control of your health and achieving your goals.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH BY SOCIALIZING
Socializing is good for your brain health. Social connections give you a sense of belonging and being cared for. Make time for one to three hours of social time every day and stave off the feeling of loneliness. This will enhance your happiness and help you live longer. On the contrary, social isolation drags you to adverse mental problems like depression, poor sleep quality, impaired cognitive function, and poor immunity at every stage of life. If you are thriving to build good social relationships, adopt some basic habits such as Practicing effective communication skills, being polite and welcoming, listening more than you speak, giving compliments, and appreciating others.
AVOID SUBSTANCE USE
Substance use refers to the consumption of harmful substances like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or some inhalants. These substances may give you enjoyment or fun for some time but they deteriorate your health in the long run. They are addictive and cause harm to your mental as well as physical health. Even if you are offered a drink or a cigar, use your willpower to say ‘NO,’ and don’t give in to peer pressure.
CONCLUSION Taking control of your health demands learning what is good for your body.
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