Nowadays, trying to keep up with all the recommended habits to live a healthy life is getting pretty hard. There are so many! Some even contradict themselves. However, there are a few that we can follow that will help us stay healthy in general.
We as women tend to push our health to the bottom of the to-do list. Our minds are always filled with things that need to be accomplished for the day and never think about what is more important; Health. Take the time to get to know your body. If you truly pay attention to your body, you will have a higher chance of preventing serious illness.
Practice your monthly self-breast exams, this doesn’t take more than 5 minutes of your time and could potentially save your life. Keep track of your menstrual cycles. Locate and monitor any moles. If any, even the slightest, change occurs don’t be afraid or hesitate to get checked by a physician. In between the age of 40 – 50 start getting regular mammograms. Get regular pap tests, don’t procrastinate and ignore pap test, as they are the best way to assure you are in no danger in developing cancer. In most cases cervical cancer has no symptoms and causes no pain. Just because you feel fine, doesn’t always mean you are fine!
It’s not all about being serious though, it is equally important to have an active social life. Studies found that women with breast cancer who felt socially isolated were more likely to die from the disease than those with closer ties. Also, investing in yourself can increase feelings of health and wellness, which in turn improves your mood, appearance and perspective. Ever heard laughing is great medicine? Well it is. “The effects of laughter and exercise are very similar,” says psychologist and laugh therapist Steve Wilson. “Adding laughter to familiar movements, such as waving your arms, activates just about every human physiologic system, similar to traditional exercise.” It also burns calories, increases positive endorphins (natural painkillers), reduces stress and strengthens your immune system. Make a habit of laughing every few hours, it could be as healthy as eating an apple a day.
Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds. Try reducing unhealthy ingredients at dinner time, or substituting dinner rolls for salads. Moderation is key, so you can keep enjoying the foods you like. Dragging your girlfriends or family to exercise together can make it more enjoyable and will increase your desire to practice this habit more.
Just remember to invest a little time in yourself and enjoy a good laugh!