Any decision or activity you take that has a modest or even significant impact on your life is considered part of your lifestyle. Your attitude and ideals are reflected in your decisions and behaviours.
Changes to your lifestyle can mean that you can finally take real control of your wellness and move forward in your life in a positive way. Read on to find out what some of these lifestyle changes are and how you can make the necessary – and important – changes.
Go to the Doctor when you need to
Are you one of those people who avoids seeing a doctor when they notice a strange bump, lump, or rash? Do you wait until you're so sick you can barely move before scheduling a doctor's appointment and then wait months before scheduling regular screenings or tests?
Make a promise to yourself this year that you will go to the doctor when necessary. Don't waste weeks googling your symptoms and getting terrible diagnoses that make you feel even worse, and don't keep showing up to work sneezing all over the place when you should have gotten a medical certificate and stayed home. When you're sick, see a doctor, get better, and get on with your life.
In fact, make a promise to yourself that you will make all the important appointments you need to, whether it's for your health, your finances, or you need to speak to Carbon Law Partners for any legal help. Getting things done and not worrying about them means less stress and more progress.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
We know it's not the most exciting goal to have, but eating more fruits and vegetables could change your life. Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of nutrients that are important for our health, as well as fiber to keep your digestive system happy. However, most people do not consume nearly enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, which is why they are not as healthy as they could be, and their wellness always needs some help.
Most adults should eat five to six servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit per day, but if you're not getting that much, start with one extra serving per day and work your way up. Snack on a piece of fruit or a vegetable, or find a way to incorporate vegetables into your breakfast, for example. It will become a lot easier that way rather than trying to add it all to your dinner and finding it's too much.
Take ten minutes
Although ten minutes is a small portion of your day (only 0.7 percent of your 24 hours, in fact), scheduling ten minutes of 'you time' each day can have numerous health benefits.
We all have mental health issues, just as we all have physical health issues. Taking a few minutes each day to relax your mind can improve your resilience and reduce stress, which is good for your entire body. You could try mindfulness or meditation techniques, do something creative like drawing or playing music, or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea; there is no one right way to care for your mental health.
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We all know the feeling: waking up in the middle of the night with our sinuses congested, head pounding, and throat throbbing. Coming down with a nasty cold is definitely not an enjoyable experience, but it is something that we routinely have to deal with. Thankfully there are a plethora of over-the-counter remedies, as well as home remedies, that can help us beat a cold fast while keeping our immune system healthy along the way.
1. Hydrate or Die-drate
Besides rest, staying hydrated before and during a cold is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies. A fever draws moisture from our bodies, plus the over the counter medicine we take to combat our symptoms can easily dry us out as well. Although the exact amount varies for everyone. the recommendation is to drink roughly eight 250mL cups of water per day. This will help ensure that your body is receiving the amount of water it needs. Other drinks such as decaffeinated tea or juice can help with draining the mucus from your sinuses as well.
2. Rest Up
Often, the onset of a cold can be tied back to insufficient or improper sleep. Getting less than six hours of sleep on a nightly basis can have a severe impact on your immune system. Ignoring your body’s cries for sleep is something that we should avoid doing at all costs. That being said, “proper rest can boost your immune system to get you feeling better sooner. Sleep helps your body better fight infections that cause you to get sick, along with staying hydrated and taking medicine that helps with common cold symptoms.” Having a good sleep schedule gives your body more energy, control over your mood, and a profound boost to your productivity.
3. Take your vitamins and minerals
Essential vitamins and minerals can have a profound effect on how your body combats being sick. Immuno-beneficial vitamins such as vitamin C and B12 can work with your immune system in expelling toxins from the body. These can be taken in either oral supplements or through IV treatment, which has quickly become a reliable method to help treat the symptoms of oncoming illness.
4. Probiotic drinks
Though studies are limited, this method is thought to “modulate the immune system in healthy individuals and may help reduce symptoms related to respiratory infections.” The main ingredient in most probiotics --Lactobacillus—has been proven to lower the risk of developing cold symptoms by 12 percent and minimize sickness length from 8.6 to 6.2 days in adults. It is most beneficial for upper respiratory symptoms. You can find these drinks at any local grocery store, pharmacy, or superstore like Walmart or Target.
5. Try over the counter cold and flu medicine
Over the counter (OTC) medicine can be a very beneficial way to fight off cold symptoms. But like any pharmaceutical, there are also various side effects such as drowsiness and nausea that can accompany it. It is best to stay hydrated while taking these medications as they tend to dry out your body, much like a fever would do. This could leave you feeling worse than before, but as long as you stay hydrated, this feeling shouldn’t occur. Notable cold and flu medicines include Mucinex, Tylenol, and the Nyquil/Dayquil combo.
Beating a cold can be a painstaking ordeal, but it doesn’t have to. Getting over a cold starts before you even start showing symptoms. Staying hydrated and well-rested are easy, cost-effective ways to strengthen your body and immune system. Additionally, daily vitamin supplements and probiotic drinks have been shown to strengthen your immune system and limit the severity of cold symptoms. If worse comes to worst, try over the counter (OTC) cold and flu medicine to give that cold the final blow.
This article was originally published at iveeapp.com.
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