We tend to have a lot of responsibilities in life. But one of your main responsibilities should be taking care of your health. After all, even if you have dependents, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of them. Taking care of yourself can take all different forms, but regardless of what approach you take, it’s essential that you take some time to prioritise your overall well being. Here are a few focus areas to start out with!
Your Mental Health
Let’s start with an area of our wellbeing that all too many people neglect – our mental health. It’s really important to prioritise your mental health, as this can help to prevent issues that will impact your day to day life in a negative way. Give yourself time to relax and recuperate. Don’t burn yourself out. Understand mindfulness and ask yourself what can a Zen mindfulness course do for you? Foster healthy relationships with others and cut out those that are hurting or upsetting you. If you’re worried that you’re struggling with any mental health conditions, visit your doctor who will be able to help. They will be able to diagnose any underlying conditions and guide you on the right path to treatment if you require any. Also remember that there are plenty of support groups, charities, helplines and more out there. You’re never alone!
Your diet is extremely important to your health. At the end of the day, the food we put in our bodies is the fuel we give ourselves to get by on. The better the quality of the fuel, the less likely we are to experience health problems as a result of our diet. Start out by making sure you’re getting the right amount of calories. This can counteract problems such as being underweight, overweight or obese – and the health consequences that come hand in hand with this. Recommended calories are:
- Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
- Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
- Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
- Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
- Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
- Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
- Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
- Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
- Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories
Of course, it’s always best to talk to your doctor, who will be able to make recommendations based on you as an individual. Next, make sure that your meals are balanced. This means getting plenty of all of your food groups in moderation.
Did you know that the average adult should get roughly one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week? If you’re feeling particularly energetic, you can cut down this time by completing seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. But all too many of us simply don’t reach this target! Find a form of exercise you like and commit to it for good results.
These are just a few areas to start focusing on. Hopefully, prioritising all three will help keep you as healthy and happy as possible!