Being healthy is very much something that takes a lot of time and energy to get right, and it is amazing how hard it can be to make sure that you are looking after yourself as well as possible. There are many absolute basics to health and being healthy which you might not be taking care of, in fact, and it is possible that you might be able to improve your life and your wellbeing in general by attending to a few of these as soon as possible. In this post, we will look at some of the health essentials that you might want to be taking care of so that you can be sure that you are going to live the healthiest life you possibly can. Although some of these are likely to be obvious, it is often the obvious things that we overlook, and which are therefore worth remembering from time to time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at those health basics you should make a point of trying to master as soon as possible.
Drink More Water
Your body is two-thirds water, so it is hardly surprising that you should need it in copious amounts in order to be truly healthy. The vast majority of adults today do not drink enough water, and it is surprising how hard it can be to actually do so if you are not already in the habit of doing it. Drinking more water is all about ensuring that you make it easy for yourself – and we will look at how to do that shortly. First, however, let’s discuss some of the signs that you are probably not getting as much water into your body as you should be.
There are many symptoms of dehydration, and once you look at this list you will see that you can probably put a lot of your everyday problems down to a lack of water. One of the most common – and clearest – indicators of dehydration is headaches. If you have frequent headaches, it is entirely possible that you merely need to drink a little more water. Similarly, you might feel tired a lot of the time, which can be a result of your body not being able to work its best because you have not given it the fluid to do so. If your skin is dry and patchy, that is one of the most obvious signs that you don’t drink enough water too.
If it is clear that you need more water, the solution is simple: carry some with you at all times. By carrying a bottle of water everywhere you go, you will find yourself drinking from it automatically, and before long it will be a positive habit which you don’t even notice yourself doing. Or you can try it out as a kind of challenge, and see whether you can make it work that way. Try to drink a certain number of liters every day for a week, and see if you feel or notice anything different within yourself. You might be surprised at how profound the change is, and hopefully, that will encourage you to drink more and more in the future. Water is an essential thing your body needs, so make sure that you are drinking enough of it as a matter of course.
Get Your Sleep
It is something of a terrible indictment of our culture that very few of us get the sleep we need. Chances are, you do not get enough sleep regularly, and this is likely to be affecting your health in a number of profound and significant ways. You are probably already aware that sleep is important for your health – but are you aware of just how important, and just what kind of effect a lack of sleep is likely having on your health, and your life in general?
The research suggests strongly that failing to get a regular eight hours of sleep a night leads to an increased risk of heart disease, all forms of cancers, stroke, diabetes, and many other serious health problems besides these. Failing to get enough sleep on a regular basis also makes you more likely to be depressed, anxious, and to suffer socially. A lack of sleep has been linked to lower productivity and means that the body is less likely to be able to fight off diseases, owing to a weakened immune system. What’s more, sleepy driving causes more deaths every year in the US than drunk driving and drugged driving combined. Clearly, sleep is important. So how can you make sure that you get more of it?
One of the most powerful things you can do here is to make a point of going to bed earlier. It sounds simple, but it is hugely effective. The more time spent in bed, the more likely it is that you are actually going to sleep more. You can also improve your chances of sleeping well by reducing your use of screens, as the light interferes with your body’s sleep cycle dramatically. Similarly, limiting caffeine so that you are not drinking any after midday is likely to help you out great too.
If you do all of this, you will get to sleep faster, sleep more comfortably and deeply, and enjoy the many health benefits of it as a result. It is absolutely worth doing.
Manage Your Stress
It is hard to think of a strong benefit for being stressed. In general, the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to become ill, and the more likely you are to cause ongoing damage to yourself mentally and physically. We have come to regard stress as a natural by-product of our busy lives, but is it really necessarily so? Or might it be that we can live better and healthier lives by reducing and managing our stress levels?
Meditation has become hugely popular as a means of doing just that, and it might be worth looking into. If you want to keep your stress down, a regular meditation practice is one of the best ways to do so. Consider taking a local class or going on a retreat this year.