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Keeping Yourself Healthy

Katie Hogan and Rebecca Voigt 2009

Maintaining your overall health can help you to live a prosperous life, and make the most of your time. There are a number of ways you can try to maintain or improve your health. Incorporating these ways into your daily life, and making lifestyle changes as opposed to using fad diets for a short period of time, can also go a long way towards improving your mindset. Positive lifestyle changes tend to have far more benefits, especially when used together. Before attempting to make a change, it can be beneficial to speak to your physician, to check that these same changes will not cause problems, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

Have Regular Check-Ups

Attending your regular appointments in relation to your health doesn’t only prevent appointments from becoming delayed or wasted. They can also help you to figure out what is going on regarding your health, and implement any changes into your routine if necessary. In some situations, this could potentially make a big difference, such as in getting a diagnosis or preventing further damage. Whether your check-up relates to your general wellbeing, or a more specific problem, such as to find the causes of astigmatism in your eyes, is irrelevant. The main point is to keep these appointments and make sure that you schedule any follow-ups in a timely manner. Some standard appointment examples could be a general medical check, dental check-up, or even an annual eye test.

Physical Health

Looking after your physical health, in terms of both diet and exercise, can really help your overall wellbeing. In some cases, poor physical health can also lead to an increased likelihood of serious, and even fatal, illnesses such as heart disease which can be linked to obesity and lifestyle choices. Alongside poor nutritional content, the other risk factors can include increased alcohol consumption, smoking cigarettes, drug usage, and a lack of exercise. Depending on your family history, you may also be at a higher risk of contracting illnesses as well due to genetic disposition. Regardless of this, you can give yourself the best chance possible by avoiding the other risk factors as much as possible.

Mental Health

It is not just a person’s physical self that needs to be taken care of. The mental wellbeing of an individual is also crucial to their overall health. Studies have shown that poor mental health and stress can cause problems with a person’s immune system, meaning they will be more likely to suffer from illnesses, especially during flu season. Taking the time to indulge in a little self-care, whether that be through relaxation, spa visits, or simply making the most of time spent undertaking leisure activities, can help you to regain mental clarity and feel better within yourself.

Many people often take their health for granted, especially during their youth. As a person ages, they may find more complaints relating to their mind and body. By taking steps to overcome these, you can potentially prevent illness while you enjoy your life to its fullest.

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