With all the stress and busyness of the world, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain our health and wellbeing. Feeling happy and healthy doesn’t always come easily, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t always try to improve ourselves. Self-care is extremely valuable in life as it helps us look after our physical and mental health, amongst other things.
While self-care has always been important, there has been even more emphasis over the last few years. Recent events led to many people being unable to see friends and family for months on end, which had a serious impact on the mental health of the whole of the UK.
This article will discuss steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. However, if you are seriously struggling with mental health issues, you should seek professional help.
Maintain Good Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health is important throughout life, and failure to keep up with our oral hygiene can have serious negative effects on our health and wellbeing. There are many ways we can maintain good oral health, and one of the main ones is to brush and floss at least twice a day.
When we eat, food debris can get stuck between our teeth, leading to tooth decay. Brushing twice a day is an effective way to remove this food debris and keep our teeth clean.
While brushing is good for removing the initial food debris, sometimes, when food gets stuck deep between our teeth, we are unable to reach it just by brushing. Flossing gets deep between the teeth and removes any debris left over after brushing.
Another way you can maintain good oral health is through orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is when teeth are aligned so they sit straight in the mouth with no overlaps.
Overlaps in teeth can cause oral health issues as additional food can get trapped, and it can also cause strain on our jaw. There are plenty of options for teeth straightening, the most popular ones being fixed metal braces and clear aligners.
Metal braces are an orthodontic treatment that most people are aware of, but they can be slightly high maintenance and not aesthetically pleasing.
On the other hand, clear aligners are a great alternative as they provide the same end results as braces but are easier to manage, plus there are no food restrictions, which is always a bonus.
Eat A Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet is a proven way to improve your health and wellbeing, as food is what gives us fuel to go about our day. Eating well is all about balance; healthy foods are extremely good for us, but it doesn’t mean we can’t also have a treat every now and then.
Balancing healthy eating with our favorite foods can help us to view food in a positive light. A lot of diet culture is about ‘earning’ certain foods or having to burn off calories if you eat a particular thing. This sort of way of living is never going to be healthy for us, as often people who have this mindset end up in a cycle of ‘yo-yo’ dieting.
Yo-yo dieting is when people quickly fluctuate between a restrictive form of dieting and then over-eating. This happens because restrictive diets do not provide your body with enough of the essential nutrients it needs, so you feel hungry and unsatisfied.
Once you start to get this feeling, you will likely want to eat something quick that you know will satisfy your hunger cravings, and this food is usually rich in calories.
It is far better for both your physical and mental health to eat a balanced diet where you do ensure your body is getting the nutrients, but you also do not restrict yourself with what you are eating.
A balanced diet combined with an exercise routine will help you improve your health and wellbeing.
Create An Exercise Routine
One great thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing is exercise. Exercising regularly is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health and wellbeing too.
Exercising causes serotonin release, a chemical that makes us feel happy. Creating an exercise routine gives you the freedom to create something that is unique to you and can include all the exercises you enjoy.
There is a lot of pressure in the fitness world to follow a particular schedule or routine, but there is no one right way to exercise. Exercise can be as simple as going for a walk or doing 20 minutes of yoga.
When it comes to exercise, it should always be something that you enjoy doing. Not everyone is going to have the same routine, so try not to compare yourself to others.
Additionally, it is important to note that regular exercise does not need to be done in a gym. Gym memberships can be expensive, and the gym space can be intimidating. If the gym atmosphere isn’t for you, instead try working out in the comfort of your home instead.
While you do not necessarily need gym equipment to work out at home, many people find at-home equipment useful. This article has a helpful list of the best home gym equipment, so check it out for some inspiration.
Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is such an important part of life, and lack of quality sleep can seriously impact our mental as well as physical health and wellbeing. When we sleep, our body performs a lot of important functions, and it needs that time to sort through memories of the day.
Without sleep, our brains cannot work as efficiently, and we will find ourselves feeling moody and unsociable. It can also cause us to experience physical ailments too; things like headaches or weak joints can come as a result of poor-quality sleep.
The amount of sleep we need varies as we age, but ultimately, you know how much sleep is best for you as an individual. When we get good quality and uninterrupted sleep, we can wake up feeling fresh and be more motivated to go about our day.
Struggling with sleep is something that, unfortunately, a lot of people go through. However, there are different methods you can try to improve your night’s sleep. Having a regular schedule is one thing that could improve the quality of your sleep.
If you often wake up and go to sleep at different times, your body is unable to form a sleep routine as there is no regular indication that it is bedtime. Going to bed and waking up at the same time can help you sleep better as you will start to feel tired at the same time each night.
Another thing that could help improve your sleep is ensuring your bedroom space is relaxing and comfortable. Having dim lighting or nice-smelling candles can both create a cozy environment that you want to sleep in.
Additionally, changing bedsheets more frequently or investing in some good quality pillows can help you feel fresh and comfortable at night. You can do lots to help improve your sleep levels, so have a look around and consult friends and family to see what they do.
Stay Happy & Healthy!