When you consider all the things you need to do in order to stay healthy, it looks like a lot of work. Maybe it is but when you make healthy living a part of your life, you would hardly notice. The challenge lies in trying to do a lot at the same time and to make things easier; we’ve broken down the steps to staying healthy this year into these simple and actionable steps.
1. Take your sexual health seriously
You can slide into DMs and shoot shots anyhow you like online but out here, slide safe. If you’re too shy to buy contraceptives in person, there are online pharmacies that afford you some level of privacy.
2. Set digital limits
Technology can stress you out so set boundaries. You don’t always have to respond to all texts immediately or say yes to everything at once. You don’t always have to be “on” — whether it’s Instagram or email.
3. Prioritize your mental health
Monitor your stress levels, plan for rest and relaxation, share your burdens and if you are in need of professional help, do not hesitate to get it.
4. Get a healthcare plan
It’s quite affordable depending on your need and will save you from financial stress whenever you need medical attention. SEE MORE
5. Be proactive about your health
If you’re ill, never wait for your condition to deteriorate before going to the hospital. Doctors are not magicians and it’s easier to treat you when your medical condition is detected early.
6. Follow prescriptions and don’t self-medicate
Ensure you get proper diagnosis before treatment. If a prescription says 2 tablets, 3 times daily, stick to it.
7. Know your genotype
Avoid stories that touch when you’re ‘drunk in love’ before discovering that both you and bae are AS.
8. Get an annual health check
It helps you know if you’re really healthy and gives you pointers on health conditions to arrest if they exist.
9. Get stronger and fitter
Start slowly and build up. You don’t have to do 50 push-ups at a go and skip a rope 1000 times when you can start small and stay consistent.
10. Walk more
Not every time wheels on the street or elevators. Get a Fit-bit or download a fitness tracker on your phone to monitor your progress.
11. Lose weight
This will help you prevent the onset of diabetes and hypertension. A crash diet might not be beneficial in the long run so just try to maintain a healthier diet.
12. Sleep healthier
Stop forming insomniac night owl (we hear it’s a cool thing to do now). Adequate sleep is key in preventing stress and aids your decision making.
13. See a dentist at least twice a year
Brushing twice a day isn’t enough to remove all food particles in your mouth which build up germs over time and cause gum inflammation and tooth decay.
14. Check your blood pressure
Hypertension is a silent killer; tracking your numbers is an important preventive measure. #2018HealthGoals
15. Be happy
Make it a conscious decision. You can actually train your brain to be more optimistic. Being grateful is a great way to start.
16. Laugh more
Just laughing more every day can reduce stress and boost immunity.
17. Drink more water
Sounds cliché but drinking enough water impacts on the amount of energy you have, how hungry you feel, your ability to concentrate, and how quickly you recoverfrom your workout sessions.
18. Spend time outdoors
Getting some fresh air can do some seriously great things for your health.
Remember, simple consistent steps add up to your overall well-being. Making a few of these tips a part of your life will go a long way in ensuring you stay healthy all year long!