Isn’t it strange that we take our cars in for an MOT, and probably a service once a year, to make sure it’s in good working order and deal with any issues, but we leave our bodies alone until something is quite clearly wrong or we have symptoms that we are worried about? Let’s face it; sometimes, we don’t even get things checked out then, preferring to ignore our symptoms until we no longer can.
Wouldn’t it be better to take stock? To spend some time thinking about our health, to really ask ourselves how we are feeling and if there is anything that needs tweaking or treating. Why not use the start of a New Year, or the end of the old, to give yourself a health MOT, assessing your health and well-being, and making any changes that you need to help you to live a healthier life?
Do You Have Any Bad Habits?
Some bad habits, like biting your nails, can be harmful, and you would be better off without, but you can try to quit at home and won’t need specialist care. Other bad habits can become addictions, or may have already done so. These often need ANA Treatment Centre specialise in rehabilitation, or other professional help. Ask yourself if you’ve got any bad habits that you’d be better off without, and make a plan to deal with them.
Do You Get Out Of Breath Easily?
Getting out of breath quickly can be a symptom of a health issue such as a chest infection, or even fluid around your lungs. But, it can also be a sign that you are very unfit, and should consider making lifestyle changes. Can you run up the stairs without getting out of breath? If you are worried about breathlessness, you should see your doctor to rule out an underlying condition, as well as speaking to a trainer at your health centre about slowly increasing your exercise and building fitness.
How Much Sleep Do You Get?
As much as we hear about that magical eight hours, there isn’t a magic amount of sleep that we should all be striving for. We all need different amounts of sleep, and this can change depending on health and fitness, age, stress, and how busy you are. It’s not eight hours fits all, forever, no matter what.
The only person that knows how much sleep you need is you. Do you find it easy to fall asleep at night? Do you wake in the night? Do you get up in the morning feeling alert and energetic? Or, do you spend hours tossing and turning and start your days more tired than when you went to bed?
Developing healthy sleep habits, such as leaving your phone in another room, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day and monitoring your sleep routines, can help you to feel happier and healthier.
Do Your Jeans Still Fit?
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Weight is something that many of us worry about. But, standing on the scales every morning is never healthy, and letting yourself worry about gaining a few pounds here and there, which is perfectly normal, will lead to stress and upset. Instead, ask yourself if your clothes still fit well. Let your waistband guide you.
Are You Happy?
How often do you ask yourself if you are happy? Many of us just go through life, assuming that we are. We don’t question it, probably because we are worried about what we might find. Take the time to ask yourself. Are you happy with your job? Are you spending enough time doing the things that you love? Does your relationship need a little TLC?
Assess Your Skin and Hair
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Brittle hair and nails, and dry, grey skin, can be a sign that your body isn’t getting everything that it needs. If your hair and skin aren’t as healthy as you would like, look at making changes to your diet, like adding extra fruit and veg, and reducing sugar and fat.