Positive Steps to Well Being

There are so many negative statements in the news. In the last year, we were told what we shouldn’t do and what we should do to prevent catching COVID-19. Hopefully you have gotten your vaccination or on the waiting list for an appointment.  Today I’d like to discuss a few positive steps for taking proper care of yourself.

 

 

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Connect With People

 

Social connection is one of the most important human needs. After the last year of social isolation, we all need to be aware of its impact on our health.  Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

When the pandemic is over, don’t rely on just technology or social media alone to build relationships. It’s easy to get into the habit of just texting, messaging or emailing people.  At home, try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family.  Eat dinner together at the table and talk about your day.  Listen to your family. When the current crisis is over, meet friends for lunch.  Invite friends to your home.  Find activities you enjoy and participate.

 

 

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Keep Your Annual Health Check-ups

 

Even if you have no physical problems, see your primary physician annnually for health maintenance. If you have a vision or hearing problem, have them checked. I had glasses by the 4th grade in elementary school and had annual visits to the ophthalmologist.  Later in life, my primary referred me for a hearing test. Hearing loss can affect your mental health, your personal relationships, and even your heart health, so it’s vital that you appreciate the importance of keeping on top of it.

 

 

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Our body is a complex balance of hormones. When these hormones are in balance, they can help us feel mentally and physically fit. Every man and woman is a balance of testosterone, estrogen, dopamine, serotonin, GABA, adrenalin, and cortisol, to name but a few.   If  your hormonal balance is off, your blood work will reflect this. Too much or too little of anything can produce many strange effects.  Low thyroid is a perfect example of a potentially serious problem.  

 

 

Be Physically Active

 

Being active is not only great for your physical health but also for your mental wellbeing. As the pandemic restrictions are lifted, return to your favorite past times.  Walking, running, swimming, playing tennis, or any of your preferred activities are good for body and mind.  Join a group of friends or take the family on a hike in the woods. Nothing beats being out in nature for a better life.

 

 

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Schedule Your Days Accordingly

 

For good overall health and wellness, you need to make sure that you have equal parts rest and work time. Being successful at work and renewing your body and mind in other activities are both vital parts of living a good life. So make sure that you always schedule your days in such a way that you are able to do your work  while also being able to relax and unwind. It’s amazing how much of a difference this can make to your wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

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Learn New Skills

 

 

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose,  and helping you to connect with others.  When the pandemic is conquered, take classes in something you like.  I loved taking a Chinese cooking class with a friend a few years ago.  We both had new woks and learned so much about how to use it.

 

 

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I  hope our discussion today helps you plan for a happy and healthy life.  Thanks for the visit!’

 

 

 

 

 

This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own. Photos via Pexels.

 

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

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