Maintaining both your physical and mental health has never been as important as it is in the current climate.
Since early 2020 we have all been through a rollercoaster of highs and lows, from dealing with lockdowns and working from home, to not being able to socialise or meet our family, friends or loved ones.
All of these things are compounded by the fact we seem to be immersed by a torrent of bad news from day to day.
As a result of the current situation sometimes it is difficult to step away from all of the noise and take care of ourselves, so here are the 6 best doctors for improved wellbeing.
When we mention ‘Fresh Air’, we are referring to getting outdoors for at least 30 minutes a day. It has been proven that fresh air clears the head and makes us feel much happier.
Fresh air has been shown to help digestion, improve blood pressure and heart rate, strengthen the immune system and reduce obesity rates.
It can sometimes be difficult to make time for this, but just a walk around the block or better yet to incorporate the fresh air with your exercise routine would be very beneficial.
The benefits of regular exercise have been known and promoted for many years now as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Being able to raise your heart rate several times a week or even once a day for 30 minutes can play a hugely positive role in keeping you fit and health.
Exercise has been known to reduce stress, improve your mood and protect against depression, as well as all of the physical benefits such as stronger muscles and bones, a more robust immune system and allows you to maintain a health weight over time with a higher metabolism.
Really there is no reason why some exercise would not be possible over the period of a week and little is better than nothing, so plan a routine or set aside a day and time and just go for it.
Your body is 60% -70% water, it needs water to function on a day to day basis and is imperative you get enough on a daily basis to prevent against the effects of dehydration.
Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
By making this a part of your daily routine you’ll see and feel improvements as regular water intake can also prevent things such as dehydration, constipation, mood swings, kidney stones, and overheating.
We are all busy, there is never a good time to relax, but with pockets of well needed rest can come recuperation and repair. It’s ideal to get between 7-8.5 hours of ‘quality’ sleep a night, by quality we mean non-interrupted sleep.
There are many countries that also take afternoon naps or siestas, this can re-set energy levels and help carry you through the day.
Rest also means time in the week to do absolutely nothing. This allows the body and mind to relax and reset. Meditation and mindfulness have become big subjects over the past decade and the benefits of this ‘quiet time’ is now being backed and promoted by major health institutes.
Diet plays a huge part in how you feel. Getting a balanced and nutritious diet will give your body everything it needs to maintain an even keel both mentally and physically.
The categories of food that help to fulfil a healthy balanced diet and good health are:
It can be difficult to stick to a fad diet which is why a good balanced diet is always preferable.
Probably one of the best and most overlooked ways to maintain good mental health is just to get outdoors and see some sunshine. Sunshine is an amazing natural doctor.
As well as getting you up and away from laptops and work screens, sunshine is one of the only sources of Vitamin D which is an essential supplement to help prevent deficiencies such as loss of bone density and helps to maintain heathy skin.
A good dose of Vitamin D has also been shown to fight excessive fatigue and tiredness which is also a key factor in whether you are mentally healthy or not.
Just getting out and taking a countryside walk or a stroll around the local woodland can also help reduce stress and give you a time during the day to both reflect and unwind.
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