9 Small Ways To Make A Big Difference To Your Health
When it comes to your health, you may be under the impression that you’ve got it covered. You’re doing (almost) everything that you can do to stay fit and healthy, so why wouldn’t you be OK?
However, you could benefit from making some small changes, that you never really considered before. It may not take a lot of effort to do these things, but you’ll be benefitting from them for years to come, so try out these 9 simple tips to get your health back on the right track!
#1: Drink more water
Drinking more water is one of the smallest changes that you can make, but it will improve your health massively. Sometimes, you just don’t feel great because you’re dehydrated, and if you’re not drinking enough water, it will be detrimental to your body over time.
Up your fluid intake (but not sugary sodas) and you’ll soon feel fresher, more active and alert, and your skin will be acne-free, too. Basically, there’s nothing bad about drinking more water (apart from the increased bathroom visits) so get yourself a reusable bottle and stay hydrated when you’re on the go.
#2: Sleep longer
Let’s be honest, there are few people out there who sleep as long as they should do. When you get home from work, you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening, and before you know it midnight is coming around.
OK, some people are pretty good at getting in their 8 hours, too, but if you’re one of those people who stays awake worrying, or just can’t get to sleep at night, then go and see a specialist. You’ll be glad that you did this when you’re feeling right as rain again, and ready to take on the new day after getting all of that snooze time in. Zzz…
#3: Buy houseplants
OK, it may not seem like houseplants will have any effect on your health, but bear with us on this one. Not only do they help to improve the air quality in your home – which is especially useful if you live in the city – but they are also beneficial to your mental health, and there is just something great about bringing a bit of nature into your space.
Look into the houseplants on the market, as some are more difficult to maintain than others, and you don’t want to have to keep buying new ones as you’re accidentally killing them all off. Do your research, and go plant shopping!
#4: Wash your bed sheets regularly
Washing your bed sheets can seem like the most difficult task of all time sometimes, and there is nothing worse than trying to wrestle with a duvet cover every week or so (although clean bed sheets are also objectively the best thing ever).
However, if you’re not staying on top of washing your bedding, you could be setting yourself up for a lot of health issues. Dust from your bed can cause allergies, but your bed sheets also collect a lot of bacteria, which can make you pretty ill.
No matter what season it is, you sweat a lot during the night too, so wash your bedding as often as you can!
#5: Get tested for food intolerances
Sometimes, you’re not feeling at your best because your body is allergic to certain foods, and this is making you feel sick and bloated. A lot of the time, you don’t even realize that you’re suffering from an intolerance, and you may just think that you are ill in general.
This is why it’s important to screen for lactose intolerance and other allergies, especially given the fact that over 70% of the world’s population suffer from this, but few people actually know about it.
Find out whether you need to avoid any foods, and you’ll be glad that you did when you can say goodbye to bloating and other health issues.
#6: Drink less alcohol
Most people have experienced hangovers once in a while, and know the downsides of drinking to excess. However, you may believe that having a few drinks isn’t the end of the world, and it won’t cause any harm to your body.
The bad news is that you can still only have a few drinks a night, and suffer from the bodily repercussions over time. It isn’t good for your liver, or your other organs, not to have a break from alcohol, so have at least a few days away from it each week.
Binge drinking also isn’t great for you, so try to keep these things to a minimum and you’ll be glad that you did.
#7: Walk more
Getting in some more steps is also an easy way to improve your health, and you won’t even realize that there has been that much of a change in your routine.
All you have to do is walk around during your lunch hour for a little while, or get off the bus a stop earlier than you usually would when you’re on your way to (or from) work.
If you do this every day, you’ll soon be a lot fitter and healthier, and it won’t take up too much of your time, either. You’ll also be getting some fresh air, which is great for your body and your mind, so put in the effort to walk a little more.
#8: Call your loved ones
When it comes to your mental health, you can feel a lot better just by sharing things about your life with the ones that you love.
A lot of the time, we don’t want to feel like we’re being burdensome to our friends and families, so we hold a lot of information back.
This really isn’t good for your mental health, so pick up the phone and have a chat to someone you care about, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day.
Checking on the people in your life is also good for them, as they will know that they’ve been on your mind. Don’t worry about these things, and pick up the phone. Someone who loves you is on the other end!
#9: Don’t stress as much
For many of us, stress is a daily occurence. From the minute we wake til the second we close our eyes at night, we are thinking about all of the things that we have to do, and worrying that they won’t get done.
However, stress is actually really bad for your health, and it can cause high blood pressure, chest pain, headaches, and a lot of other symptoms.
If stress is something that affects your life regularly, and it’s causing you to miss out on sleep, then you need to get these issues sorted out, before they impact your health dramatically. Learn some great ways to relax, and put them into action.
If you think that you rank pretty high on the health scale, but that you could benefit from making some small changes, then try out these 9 easy tips to get your health perfect.
From drinking a little bit more water, to calling your loved ones, there are many things that aren’t too time-consuming that will really make a difference to how you feel in your day-to-day life.
Of course, nobody is perfect and we all slip up on our health goals every once in a while, but nailing these small things will have you feeling great, in no time at all.
Good luck, and stay healthy!