I have understood the importance of healthy living the tough way. I went through post-partum depression and was physically weak for the most part of my life. I used to fall sick very often and used to confuse fatigue with laziness. But once I started taking my health seriously, everything else followed. I thought of listing down some of the things I have been doing religiously now –
Get Your Health Check-ups and Screenings – I can’t reiterate more on this. I had fatal levels of Vitamin D when I was running about 50kms a week and I ended up with a fractured rib. If I had taken annual medical check-ups seriously, this would never have happened. I don’t mean to scare you but it’s very important to spot signs of serious diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, conditions and deficiencies early, so you have a better chance of successfully curing or effectively treating them.
Supplements (prescribed by doctors) – At times we are wary of taking supplements as we consider them a money-making gimmick by doctors. But what do you do when you can’t fulfil the requirement of certain micro nutrients via food. I figured that I can’t possibly depend on Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D through my diet so went with my doctor’s advice on supplements.
Fitness – While cardio is essential, strength training is also important especially for women, as it’s one of the very robust ways to ensure good bone health and quality of life. To gain the benefits, try to get at least two and a half hours of “moderate-intensity” physical activity every week. If you don’t want to hit the gym, make a circuit for strength training at home which could include pull ups, push ups, squats, lunges, burpees, etc. There is enough and more of it available online for you to follow. For cardio, you can include outdoor activities like brisk walking, running, jogging, cycling or swimming, or just running around and playing with kids. Just make sure you are well protected when outside. Wear full sleeves and always apply 4 dots of Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on clothes. This 100% natural product ensures mosquitoes don’t bother you and keeps you safe from threatening mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, etc.
Invest in close relationships – I think the biggest service I have done to myself in the last few years is to cut out the negativity and invest in relationships that really matter. Research studies show that social connections increase your likelihood of surviving physical health problems and increase the levels of happiness. It doesn’t mean I don’t make new friends anymore, I just choose to be around people who are positive.
Meditation – I have immensely benefited by spending 20 minutes every day listening to the Twin Hearts Meditation. Initially, I used to try and control my thoughts but it used to give me a headache. Overtime, I learned to let my thoughts flow instead of controlling them and I realised how it always helps in decluttering my mind. We need to dedicate some time for our mental well-being every day to deal with the stress and anxiety better.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep – This is the most obvious one but I had to include it. Getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep is essential. This is what I struggle with the most but I feel different and so much more energetic on days that I actually manage quality sleep. In fact, I could use a little help here, I would really appreciate if you have any advice on how to sleep better (you can leave it in the comments).