Are You Really Taking Care Of Yourself?
- Mums Tips
- Fitness & Health
- Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2019 20:20
- Last Updated on 23 July 2020
- Monica Costa
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It’s probably pretty fair to say that we all want to be as healthy as possible. However, for many people, it’s difficult to get past that stage and actually start doing anything about it. The list of excuses that the vast majority of people have for not being more healthy in their day to day lives is probably a dozen miles long at this point. Whether it’s a matter of time, not having the energy or the money, not being able to find bespoke personal training in London or any other excuse, people will come up with any reason to justify not taking control of their bodies and their lifestyles. Well, time for a newsflash: you’re officially out of excuses. It has never been easier to stay healthy, and that is because of one simple thing: technology. Thanks to technology, it’s possible for just about anyone to make some incredibly positive changes in their life. Here are just a few ways in which technology has taken away your excuses to be healthier.
Seeing the doctor
Doctors provide an incredible, utterly invaluable service. They are saving lives and helping people take the best possible care of their bodies. So why then do so many people hate going to see the doctor? For some, it’s a matter of not wanting to face up to the reality of their lifestyle, while others simply say that they cannot find the time to make an appointment and go to the doctor’s surgery. Well, thanks to technology, those excuses aren’t going to fly anymore. You can now use an online Dr app which will allow you to speak to a medical professional no matter where you are more quickly and easily than ever before. You’re able to have a consultation over the phone with qualified, hand-picked doctors to can advise you on the best course of action moving forward.
Cooking is one of those things that a lot of people imagine to be much harder and more complicated than it actually is. Not only that but a lot of people complain that finding cheap, healthy, and interesting meals is a real challenge. Well, that might have been the case once upon a time but in reality, it’s now easier than ever to find the perfect meals to suit any lifestyle or palate. All you need to do is search for the kind of food that you want to eat on Google, and you’ll probably find dozens, if not hundreds of recipes to suit your needs. You can also find thousands of food blogs online like DietHive that provide interesting and unique recipe ideas that anyone can try.
It’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t need to hit the gym or go for a walk. You worked out the other day! You’re tired, and you need a break! Well, thanks to wearable technology like the Fitbit, your levels of activity can be monitored so that you can no longer hide from the fact that you’ve spent the last three days hanging out on the sofa doing nothing at all. By being able to monitor how active you are, you’ll be able to motivate yourself much more strongly than if you were working from sheer willpower.
Getting enough rest
If there’s one thing that more of us have an issue with than just about anything else, it would have to be the fact that we simply aren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things there is and yet it seems to be one of the most often ignored. There are pretty common reasons for this. The truth is that many of us have so much to deal with throughout the day that sacrifices have to be made, no matter what. Some things have to go on the back burner and learning how to prioritise is just a natural part of living in the modern world. However, the mistake that most of us make is we, far too often, end up sacrificing sleep in favour of everything else. This might seem like an obvious choice but the truth is that it’s actually one of the worst things that you can do. Without enough sleep, you’re not only going to be completely lacking in energy but you’re also going to end up doing damage to both your physical and mental health. Trying to fit everything into your day is understandable, but losing sleep for the sake of getting more done is never worth it.
Making your prescriptions easier
If you’re on any kind of repeat prescription, it can be a source of frustration. After all, it requires taking time out of your day to go out and renew your prescription and then pick it up at a later date. Not only that but if you’re busy and unable to get your prescription, you could end up with your health at serious risk. That’s why it’s so fortunate that the modern world has made being able to keep up with your prescriptions easier than ever before. Sites like Simple Online Pharmacy allow you to keep track of your prescriptions and make sure that they’re repeating correctly from the comfort of your own home. That way, paying attention to your prescriptions is just one less thing that you have to spend your time worrying about and you can get on with living your life the way you want to, safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to end up without the medication that you really need.
Paying attention to your mental health
One of the most common mistakes that a lot of people make is that they end up assuming that they only really need to focus on their physical health. And sure, there’s no doubt that your physical wellbeing should always be right near the top of your list of priorities. However, it’s just as important to pay close attention to your mental health as well. A lot of the time mental health is something that ends up getting ignored, often because of societal stigma against it. However, getting the care you need when it comes to your mental health is no different from needing help with physical illness. The brain is just another organ after all. There are so many different kinds of support that you can get for your mental health, from medication to therapy to simply talking things out with the people in your life. The only thing that you need to be sure to avoid is trying to deal with it all entirely on your own.
The reality is that trying to take care of yourself is actually a whole lot harder than a lot of people give it credit for. The truth is that it’s not some singular thing that you can do all at once. Being able to take care of yourself properly is something that takes a huge amount of time and patience to be able to achieve. You’re not going to be able to flip a switch and then all of a sudden you’re taking perfect care of yourself. The best thing you can do is exactly what’s happened here: break it down into the different things that you can do. Deal with them one at a time and don’t fall into the habit of trying to find quick fixes. From getting in shape to dealing with illness to reducing stress in your life, these are all things that you need to be able to do slowly, one at a time, if you really want to start making a change in your life.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums