6 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself in The Long Term
Self-care, though frequently overlooked, is absolutely important and will go a long way to help you prevent health problems, now or in the future.
1. Get plenty of sleep.
It is hectic when you’re working a busy professional life. We don’t give our bodies the same amount of rest they need to work completely. Not only is sleep good for the body, but it is also necessary for a sharp and healthy mind.
Sleep is necessary because it helps the body to heal and to be ready and prepared for another day. Getting plenty of rest can also help to reduce weight gain, heart problems and shorten the duration of illness.
Ultimately, a well-rested body and mind go do wonders to improve your overall quality of, life so make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
2. Set aside time for ‘me’ and social times
It is important that you are always taking time for yourself. When you are busy, it might seem like self-care or ‘me time’ could be easily sacrificed for a time, but this is not the case. Taking time for yourself is vital to keeping your physical and mental health in the best condition it can be.
Taking time to relax and indulge in things that bring your happiness is one of the best ways to ground yourself and take a step back from the busy and sometimes overwhelming day-to-day.
3. Feed well
One of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy weight balancing diet and exercise. While a good diet and regular exercise will work for you separately, they will not produce nearly as good a result as they would working together.
Target to consume no less than 400g of fruit and vegetables daily, as well as a balanced diet of legumes (e.g. lentils, beans), whole grains, and nuts.
Reduce the amount of simple sugar you take to lower than 10% of calories. Avoid salt/sodium from all sources, and ensure you consume only iodized salt. More than 5g of salt a day will reduce the risk of heart disease.
4. Invest in healthcare
If you are serious about taking care of yourself in the long run, then consider investing in health insurance so that you will have access to the best care at all times and on an ongoing basis. Even if you are not ill, having the best healthcare, you can will mean that you can see your doctor regularly and keep on top of any problems as they arise.
This will also allow you access to the newest medications and treatments as they become available, and you will be able to have this level of care as you age, meaning even into your later years your health will be in great condition.
There are many ways that you can look after your health now and in the long term. As outline above, some of these are simple habits that you can get in the way of now and carry them on for a longer period of time. Everyone wants to grow old gracefully, so by putting in that groundwork now, you can ensure that you will be one of those people.