Your health and wellbeing should be your top priority. With good health, you can do the things you want to do and lead a more comfortable and enjoyable life. Here are a few different areas you should focus on to help yourself achieve this!
Consider Your Mental Health
When we think of health and wellbeing, the majority of us will automatically start thinking about our bodies. But your mind deserves just as much attention too! Mental health used to have a stigma or taboo attached to it. People worried about talking about it and didn’t really understand that your mental health is just as important a part of your wellbeing as your physical health. However, thanks to scientific and medical progress, we’re beginning to understand mental health conditions like anxiety and depression more and – from a societal perspective – people are becoming more opening up about mental health conditions and experiences. It’s important that you manage your mental health and seek help as and when you need it. This will make a massive difference. If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to a doctor. They will be able to diagnose any conditions and can refer you on for relevant treatment. This could include anything from rapid resolution therapy to medicine. There are also other sources of support available out there. From helplines to support groups, you need to remember that you are not alone and there are plenty of people out there who can help.
Your diet should be as balanced and healthy as possible. Nowadays, many of us are guilty of eating too much junk food. This tends to be devoid of nutrients and often contains excessive salt, sugar or saturated fats. The key to a healthy diet is organisation. Make sure to plan your meals in advance. This can help to make sure you have all the ingredients in to make healthy meals, packed lunches and snacks rather than opting for convenience foods. You should also try to make sure that you’re eating the right number of calories each day. You can find a rough guide of recommended calorie consumption below.
- Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
- Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
- Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
- Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
- Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
- Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
- Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
- Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
- Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories
Exercise is also important. It’s recommended that the average adult gets roughly one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. If you opt for vigorous aerobic exercise, this recommendation drops to seventy five minutes a week. To help yourself reach these targets, focus on finding forms of exercise you enjoy. This will make it easier for you. From the gym to swimming, cycling, dance, team sports and more, you’re bound to find something you like.
Hopefully, some of the above advice will help to get the ball rolling. Your journey to better health and wellbeing may feel difficult at times, but it is achievable!