Your health is important to protect and keep on top of in order to feel less anxious in life and to avoid health problems that can be avoided through diet and exercise, such as obesity and heart disease. Because stress can often exacerbate problems, caring for your mental health is an important part of caring for your overall health.
Here, we look at how overall health is important and what you need to be looking after to stay fit and healthy.
Maintain a healthy weight
If you are carrying excess weight, you are much more likely to experience health problems such as various cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and heart disease. It also puts much more strain on your joints and muscles, which can lead to increased pain and reduced movement. Eating a balanced, healthy diet and taking part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every single day will go a long way to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Manage mental health
As mentioned above, looking after your mental health goes a long way towards looking after the rest of your health. When you are feeling good emotionally, you are more likely to eat better, exercise, and do all of the other things that will keep your body healthy. Poor mental health can also affect sleep, and sleep is essential to allow your body to rest, repair, and recover, ready to get through another day.
Protect your skin from the sun
As tempting as it is to get out in the sunshine and lounge about, working on your tan, it is important to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays from the sun with sunscreen. Sun damaged skin is more prone to skin cancer and premature aging, not to mention unsightly and sore. Try to avoid sitting in direct sunlight when it is at its strongest, between 11 am and 3 pm, wear sunscreen and sit in the shade as much as possible.
Look after your hearing
Hearing problems can hit anyone of any age, particularly if you have experienced ear infections or have been exposed to lots of loud noise, such as working in a factory or going to loud music concerts without adequate hearing protection, or listening to music at high volume through headphones. It is important to keep on top of hearing appointments, as hearing loss and high blood pressure may be linked, as can early cognitive decline.
Keep your brain active and engaged
Another important part of the body to look after for overall health is the brain. It is critical to keep your brain active by doing crossword puzzles, mental arithmetic, and reading to keep it sharp and encourage you to remember things. This can aid in the prevention of brain cell degeneration, which can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life.
Your health is not one singular thing but made up of lots of components, many of which affect each other. Monitoring and looking after your overall health is important.