I recently wrote a series of health related articles for a company’s blog. Due to issues with the website and lack of funding to get the new company off the ground, these articles have not been published. Although I was paid for the work I did I think it’s a shame for my blog posts not to be published or read by anyone. So here is the first one, look out for more…
Little Things YOU can do to Improve Your Overall Health and Wellbeing
Everybody has a unique idea of what health and wellbeing is to them. However feeling stressed, rundown or in pain isn’t enjoyable for any of us and over time it will take its toll both mentally and physically. Although your aches and pains are as unique as you are, here are some small steps you can take to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Drink more water
It’s fairly well known that most of us do not drink enough water. Given that our bodies are 70% water and it is needed for almost every bodily function, it’s no surprise that increasing our water intake can lessen aches and pains and improve our overall feeling of wellbeing.
Eat more fruit and veg daily
You probably don’t need anyone to tell you that eating fruit and veg is good for you. Fruit and veggies are packed full of disease-fighting nutrients, vitamins and minerals which help your body to heal and re-energise, leaving you feeling healthier when they are increased in your daily diet.
Walking is underrated
Going for a walk gives you chance to clear your head, get some light exercise and get some fresh air. Your heart is a muscle that requires movement to function optimally, so it’s no surprise that you should feel better after taking a walk rather than sitting on the sofa. If you take your walk in nature this provides rich, oxygenated air which can help to kill bacteria and viruses and improve breathing, helping you to feel healthier overall.
CDs, books and apps are widely available for meditation, however simply taking some time every week (or ideally every day) to unplug from technology and people, breathe deeply and clear your thoughts reduces stress hormone levels and helps you to feel calm and balanced.
Soak in a warm bath of Epsom salts
Not only does this give you time out to relax, unwind and de-stress, the magnesium in Epsom salts helps to relax your muscles and reduce pain levels whilst contributing to heart health.
Improve Your Sleep
Of course this is much easier said than done however there are a few factors that could help, such as cutting out caffeine or adding a few drops of lavender to your pillow at night. The effect of improved sleep on your mental wellbeing will be mind blowing.