1. Fresh Air
Fresh air can be so refreshing, a way to cleanse and uplift us. With the yucky weather it’s less appealing to get outside, and health/mobility issues may prevent us from getting much in the way of exercise. You don’t need to go for a 5k run every morning. There are more manageable ways to make sure you’re getting just a little fresher, cleaner air into your lungs and body.
The great outdoors is the best place to start. Preferably around grass and trees rather than polluted high-traffic roads. Surround yourself with nature and immerse yourself in its calming, grounding properties if you’re able to.
Let the air cleanse your home by cracking open the windows every now and then. Again, it’s not ideal if you live where there’s air pollution and traffic or when the weather is bitterly cold, but it can help freshen things up and help prevent mould in your home, too.
This is an excellent option for those with allergies, breathing problems, health issues and anyone just wanting clean air to breathe in their home. I’ve previously reviewed a Levoit air purifier, which I’d highly recommend.
Prescription : Your garden, local park or anywhere outside of four walls. Take regularly with deep breaths. Try a purifier like Levoit’s air purifier (Amazon UK / Amazon US) for healthier indoor air at home.
Related Reading : Levoit Air Purifier : Reviewed & Recommended
2. Go BPA-Free
I’ve posted before about BPA and how BPA exposure has been linked to various health issues, but the true extent and implications are not yet fully known. The more you use products with BPA, the more you are potentially being exposed to and the greater the risk.
Avoid putting polycarbonate plastics in the microwave or dishwasher. Check labelling on products on opt for those that are BPA-free for their tins/containers.
Instead of regular plastic containers and bottles, go for BPA-free options or try stainless steel and glass alternatives. Invest in BPA free reusable water bottles, which would also coincide with eco-friendly initiatives to reduce disposable plastics.
Related Reading : What You Need To Know About BPA
3. Drink Up
We’re blessed to have access to safe drinking water. Adequate water intake is important for everyone, but if you’re someone who maybe doesn’t quite get enough then it’s a great healthy habit to get into. Even just a little more towards the ‘recommended 8 cups’ a day is a good place to start. To note, guidelines suggest males aim for 3.7L and females 2.7L of fluid daily.
I’ve found my BPA-free bottle actually makes water taste much fresher and it’s easier to drink when I always have a bottle filled up ready for around the house or to take out with me. I also use a water filter to make sure the water is fresh, clean and delicious.
You can always add a little squash or fruit juice flavouring to taste if water gets a little boring. Lemon water is brilliant for refreshment and for its antioxidant properties.
Related Reading : Levoit Water Filter Jug – Reviewed & Recommended
4. Let It Out
Consider finding yourself an outlet if you don’t already have one or are in need of another one. Built up emotions, the sense of an unfilled potential, all needs a way to just ‘let it out’.
It could be anything and it’s a completely personal thing, so you may need to try a few before you find something you enjoy that works for you. Blogging, writing stories or poetry, sketching/painting/crafting, exercise (if manageable), walking, gardening, singing… anything that ignites a little spark and allows you to express yourself.
Let a little colour into your life and give yourself an outlet. Ideally you should feel a sense of achievement, value and purpose, too.
Prescription : Get creative, get a yoga mat, pick up a trowel, sing your heart out or do whatever makes you feel alive and able to express yourself.
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5. Laugh More
Laughter is the best medicine. Okay, so it may not replace pharmaceuticals any time soon but it’s definitely good for the soul. Find that inner child and sense of fun, that free spirit that stresses a little less and laughs a little more.
Hunt The Funnies
A funny book, film or the range of weird and wonderful stuff you can find online. Think funny YouTube videos, memes or comical viral images. Go on the search for the funnies if they’re not landing on your doorstep.
Laugh At Life
Sometimes you just have to make light of a situation or you’ll cry about it. I used to take myself incredibly seriously, being very shy and self-conscious as a teen. I met someone who laughed at himself and saw life as a playground and it changed my perspective massively.
Rather than feeling embarrassed, ashamed or humiliated, make a joke of it, laugh, show that it’s human. For instance, instead of being so painfully aware of my stoma bag and being beyond embarrassed, I’ll try to joke about my Prada bag and make whatever poop-related quips I can think of when I feel particularly self-conscious. When you laugh about something, the seriousness drops a few notches and suddenly it’s not as bad as it first seemed.
Prescription : Jokes, funny YouTube videos, a daily dose of laughter.
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6. Manage Your Meds
Prescription medications. Over the counter medications. Dietary supplements. Hard to keep on top of it all when you can’t even remember what day it is!
Review what you’ve got and what you may need to request on prescription or purchase, as appropriate. Make a note on your calendar to remind you when to review things again to save you getting caught out.
What supplements might you benefit from? Do you have specific deficiencies you need to treat, or levels you want to keep topped up generally, like with multivitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, etc? Are there any supplements worth trying that may help any symptoms you’re struggling with?
Prescription : Your actual medical prescription! Plus any supplements you may want/need to support overall health and wellness. Wash down with plenty of water.
I use & would personally recommend Floradix Liquid Magnesium (Amazon UK / Amazon US) but there’s also a BetterYou spray magnesium to apply to skin as an alternative to oral intake (Amazon UK / Amazon US).
I buy Lindens Probiotics Max, lactobacillus Acidophilus 6 billion CFU p/capsule with 100 per pouch. They’re for daily use and I’ve found them particularly useful with being on antibiotics for 3 months. It’s the best value I’ve found when looking at quality, content and strength because I don’t want to pay 3x as much for a big brand with low strength. I find them easy enough to take as they’re reasonably sized capsules. There are other options for slightly fewer capsules but 20 billion CFU, depending on what you want – Available on on eBay / Amazon UK / Amazon US.
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7. Be Mindful
Our busy 21st Century living means we seem perpetually busy and connected, never quite able to turn off or slow down, at least without a bucket of guilt hitting us in the face.
When we’re always ‘doing’, we can find ourselves looking back and wondering where the time has gone.
Or perhaps we’re always so busy worrying about life that we forget to live it.
Within the chronic illness community, mindfulness and/or meditation can be very beneficial for many in managing pain and illness and the myriad of symptoms that may be experienced. It can be as little or as much as you like, several times a day or once a month. Whatever works for you, wherever you’re most comfortable. There are apps and books and websites for tips should you need support to help you focus and get the most out of it.
Prescription : Slow down. Take some deep breaths and switch off more regularly. Unplug. Practice mindfulness in the small, every day moments. Consider meditation & work it into your routine as you see fit.
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Do you already practice these healthy habits, or are there any you want to do more of for 2020?