As we get older, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Our bodies are more fragile than we think and they need more care than we often provide them. Here are five ways you can take care of yourself better.
Keep Yourself Fit and Active
Exercise is the key to staying fit and healthy. You don’t need a monthly gym membership to keep fit; there are plenty of other ways to do it. You could go cycling through the park, take a dance class, take a brisk walk every day, lift weights, or try gentle exercises, like yoga or tai chi. You could also try gardening, swimming, or getting involved in sports, such as softball, badminton or tennis.
Try fitting a little exercise into your daily routine, even if you simply walk up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. It can reduce the risk of illnesses and improve your overall health. Those who live an active lifestyle are often happier and feel more confident and energetic.
Eat and Drink Well
It’s easy to forget about healthy eating when there is so much tasty-looking junk food out there. You need to consume the right amount of nutrients and get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. Try to consume less fatty and calorific food, chocolates, sweets, and sugary drinks. You should also lower your sodium and sugar intake.
Consider creating a healthy eating plan and sticking to it. Plan your meals ahead of time and cook a little extra and freeze the portions so you can defrost and reheat them for a no-fuss meal. Eating three meals a day is important. Try to avoid skipping meals because that will encourage you to snack throughout the day. This will go a long way in helping you to rely less on takeout and ready meals. Cooking for yourself is also a much cheaper option.
However, if you’re not much of a cook, there are a few readily prepared meals that are healthy. If you want something simple for breakfast, you should consider trying Freedom Jars which are vegan and gluten free.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water.
Try to make more time for your friends and family. Meet up with them for a cup of tea one day in the week or have Sunday dinner together. Even if your relatives live far away, you can always call them or have a video chat. You should also make the effort to get out of the house and meet new people. Try making new friends by going to social events or taking up a new hobby and arranging to go together as a group.
Loneliness and isolation can lead to depression, so staying social can help keep your spirits high. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health!
Look After Yourself
Think about your needs and how you can improve your life. Giving up drinking and smoking are just some things you can do to look after yourself. You should make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
There are also certain items you can keep around the house that you might need, for example, a first aid kit, a hot water bottle and a cold compress for aches and pains, the best 20-30 mmHg compression socks, a tube of burn ointment, antihistamines, and any prescription medications that you might need.
Always consult with your GP if you’re not sure about anything or if you need any advice.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
We all want to be independent and self-sufficient, but there is going to come a time when we could all use a little assistance. You should never be afraid to ask for help, because that’s what caregivers and places like SpectrumHealthCare.com are there for.
There’s no reason to feel ashamed for turning to a family member or your GP if you’re having a little trouble. Having a caregiver could even help you to feel like you’re living more independently than you were before. Healthcare professionals will tailor your support or care to your individual needs. You can even get certain adaptations to your home, such as wheelchair ramps, handrails, and a shower chair.
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