Our health is very important. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can easily develop major health issues that will affect everything in our lives.
We should try to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get proper sleep and eliminate any negative stresses. This isn’t easy in a world that promotes fast food and a fast life. We fill our lives with so many activities that we are too busy to cook healthy meals, go for a leisurely walk or get to bed at a reasonable hour. The sad thing is, we believe that our value is found in how much we can accomplish in a day and we keep adding more and more stress until we reach a point where our health fails.
My own lifestyle was certainly not the healthiest. I didn’t really watch what I ate, I exercised very little and my sleeping patterns were terrible. Stress was a huge part of my life and I kept driving myself to do more that I could handle. Having a stroke was not something I expected at this stage of my life. On a positive note, it has changed my thinking and I have no choice but to take care of myself.
Here are some healthy habits that you should incorporate into your lifestyle:
- Eat a diet that is low-sodium, low-sugar and low-fat. Lots of vegetables and fruits are important. Never eat on the rush, take time to enjoy your food. Frozen and prepared foods along with fast foods are unhealthy so try to cook at home as much as possible. Eating healthy is a good habit to get your family and yourself into.
- Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes or more each day. If you have an active job, this really doesn’t count. Join a gym or exercise club. Walking is the cheapest and most effective exercise. Get a walking buddy and support each other. I’ve been walking with my husband every day and it is benefiting both of us!
- Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time. Of course, there will be times when events or activities get in the way but that’s okay. As long as you develop a habit that works most of the time.
- Try to eliminate as much stress as you can. Positive stresses like getting ready for a exciting event are great but negative stresses will just drag you down. Think about what is important and what isn’t important. Spend less time with people who stress you out. Cut down on your to-do list and make sure you add some quiet time each day.
You are an important person and you need to take care of yourself. Don’t wait until something happens. Start today!