Health: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Well

health, wellbeing

When was the last time you stopped to think about the things that you need to do to take care of yourself and your family’s health? I’ll bet that your family is covered however you’ve not put as high a price as such on your own health and wellbeing.

Good health is important to your overall well-being. If you suffer from a chronic condition, you will have a lower quality of life, as well as a shorter one. If someone in your family is sick, you will also suffer from watching them suffer. If the person in your family is also a breadwinner, you’ll suffer financially, as well. 

When everyone in your family is well, you will all be happier, better able to enjoy all that life has to offer, and better able to handle your financial responsibilities. Besides eating a good diet and getting regular exercise, there are a few things you should be doing for yourself and your family to improve health. Here are a few suggestions:

Mental Health

Mental health is an often overlooked part of your overall wellness. But physical health can affect mental health, and vice versa. And if your body is in good shape but you are suffering from depression or other mental health challenges, you are going to have a much lower quality of life. It is important that you see a therapist regularly to talk through the things that cause you stress or that are making you unhappy. Even if you don’t feel like you need therapy, a check in every few months or so is a good idea. You could be numbing yourself to problematic feelings.

Of course, you should also seek treatment if you have more serious mental health issues, such as an addiction or suicidal ideation. You may need to attend a drug detox center or even spend a few weeks in an in-patient facility. While this may seem intimidating to you, it is totally necessary to get the help you need. The same is true for any member of your family dealing with similar issues. 

Whether it’s meditation or professional therapy, seek out whatever services are needed to keep your mental health at optimal levels.

Sleep Health

Good sleep is one of the pillars of good health, right along with diet and exercise. If you are not getting enough sleep each night, you are robbing your body of important time where it does essential work to repair and rejuvenate every system in your body. Most people need eight to nine hours of sleep each night. If you are sleeping far more or far less than that, you are doing damage to your health. Setting a sleep schedule and creating a soothing environment for sleep will help you get the adequate amounts. If you don’t see the changes you need, talk with a professional to find out if there is another cause for your sleep problems. 

For younger members of your family, sleep health is about more than restoring the body. Sleep can actually be dangerous. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t let children sleep! It just means you have to put more thought into their sleeping environments. For example, babies should be laid on their backs to sleep in a crib, without any pillows, blankets, or toys in the space. Failing to adhere to sleep guidelines for babies can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Even older children can be subject to dangers during sleep, so always check with a paediatrician about best practices.

Environmental Health

There could be a lot lurking in your home or neighbourhood that jeopardizes your health and the health of members of your family. For example, if anyone in your family smokes, or if you allow any of your guests to smoke in your house, you and other members of your family are at risk from second-hand smoke. Some research even shows now that second-hand smoke is still a danger when people go outside to smoke because they bring it back in on their clothes.

Other environmental dangers can include toxins like BPA in plastic containers, volatile organic compounds in the paint on your walls, and chemicals in your carpets or wood floors. Personal care products and cleaning products that you buy can also have dangerous chemicals. It’s important that you research all the things you bring into your house to get rid of as many potentially harmful chemicals as you can. The effects of these harmful chemicals may not be felt for years, but they can be very serious. 

Good health is about more than eating the salad instead of the fries. Think carefully about all the things that can impact yours and your family’s health, and take proactive measures to protect it.

 

 

 

 

Yoga and Whole Body Wellness

yoga-in-dharamsalaFor years I’ve been waffling on about needing to exercise me. I’ve power walked, done step aerobics, water aerobics (that nearly finished me off) and followed fitness DVDs from Spice Girl get fit to a very cheesy Zumba video. Predictably it didn’t take me long to fall off the wagon.

As a young woman, I was believed that “an hour here” and a “fitness class there” was all that was needed to make me the best I could be physically. Over time I’ve realised there’s a lot more to it than that. I know now, wiser with age, that to affect real change you need to look at your body as a whole as opposed to separate parts. You also need to consider the link between physical and mental wellness.

I’m not particularly sporty or as active as I should be these days. I spend more hours than I should sat behind a computer. That said I am at least aware of the need for change and the type of change that is required.

For me, Yoga looks set to take me where I need and want to be. I’m not looking to be the same size and shape as I was when I was eighteen (that ship has sailed!), I’m looking to be the best version of myself I can be, inside and out.

Looking into Yoga properly, researching for personal reasons with copywriting precision I’ve learned a lot more about Yoga, its background, the culture, history and ethos behind it. I’ve also realised that someone who can take me where I want to be will have undertaken a lot of training.

Those undertaking yoga training in Dharamsala for example, learn about nutrition as well as the spiritual and physical aspects of Yoga. When you view a Yoga exercise class you don’t truly appreciate the depth of understanding, the amount of training and I believe the dedication that goes into becoming a yoga teacher, and helping others to achieve their goals.

I’m feeling quite zen I suppose you could say, about myself and my future. I have health goals and wellness goals and for the first time feel that I’ve found a way to help me achieve them, by making life changes. Who knows, perhaps one day I’ll catch the bug and might look to train as a yoga teacher myself? Anything is possible…..

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