The following is a guest post shared with us by Sheila Olson from FitSheila.
Often, when the word “healthy” comes to mind, you may immediately think of diet and exercise. While both of those are important, there are other areas that can affect your overall wellness. Modern medicine has come a long way in developing new ways to treat illness and diseases, but the best health plan is prevention of these diseases as best you can.
Let’s learn about a few things that are within your control and how to incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life.
Often, when the word “healthy” comes to mind, you may immediately think of diet and exercise. While both of those are important, there are other areas that can affect your overall wellness. Modern medicine has come a long way in developing new ways to treat illness and diseases, but the best health plan is prevention of these diseases as best you can. Let’s learn about a few things that are within your control and how to incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life.
Two-thirds of the human body weight is made up of water, so it should be no surprise to hear that drinking water is important to your overall health. Recently, the guidelines determining how much water to drink daily have been debated, but a good rule of thumb is to listen to your body and drink when you are thirsty. You also should pay attention to your urine – darker yellow or orange urine indicates dehydration. Staying hydrated is vital to your health. Some benefits include increased energy and immunity levels, improved brain function, and disease prevention. Drinking enough water even results in improved moisture and texture of the skin.
Your skin is your largest organ, and it requires intentional care. Staying hydrated will positively impact the health and appearance of your skin, but your skin can also benefit from extra care and pampering. Instead of paying money at a spa, follow some advice from Glamour and turn your own home into a day spa! For example, you can turn your shower into a steam room by turning up the heat before you get in, pamper your skin with a homemade facial mask, and then lock in moisture with a hydrating face and body cream. Taking care of your skin can be an indulgent and relaxing experience.
Finding time to relax is important to your overall health. Stress can lead to many health complications, ranging from emotional concerns like depression to physical issues like heart disease. According to Healthline, stress can be effectively managed through the practice of meditation, an exercise that is free of cost and easy to begin. There are many different styles and implementations of mediation.
To begin, find a few quiet minutes in your day to be alone, close your eyes, and focus only on your breathing. Pay attention to how it flows through your body. You should experience a sense of muscle relaxation and a slower heart rate. With regular practice, meditation will improve your body’s wellness and lower your stress.
Stress is also reduced by having a good night of restful sleep. The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep; however, it can be difficult to achieve that much regularly. There are several things you can do at home to help you both fall and stay asleep. During the evening, begin reducing the amount of light in your home to help prepare your body for rest. Studies have shown that soaking in a warm epsom salt bath can be very beneficial for sleep. The magnesium sulfate that makes up epsom salt absorbs into the body and increases your natural production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Creating peaceful routines every evening can help your body get into the habit of falling and staying asleep.
Maintaining your health doesn’t have to be complex, expensive or time consuming. Taking care of your skin, drinking enough water, managing stress through meditation, and getting a good night’s sleep are all things that you can easily implement into your daily routine at home. Prevent future diseases and complications by prioritizing your health today.