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4 tips for maintaining good health, managing critical illness, and staying active

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Maintaining good health and managing critical illnesses are essential for living a happy and fulfilling life. As you age, it becomes increasingly important to prioritise your wellbeing and mental health by staying active. In this fast-paced world, where stress levels are high and unhealthy habits are prevalent, it can be challenging to maintain good health. However, it's not impossible to achieve these goals. Here are 4 helpful tips for maintaining a good sense of wellbeing while staying physically active. 

1. Prioritise self care and stress management

Find some time to yourself throughout the day where you can focus on you and do what makes you happy. Studies suggest that people who are perfectly content with spending time by themselves tend to have lower rates of depression and an increase in wellness 1. The state you are in during solitude can help with regulating emotions in a social setting. So what should you do when you are having some ‘me time’? The answer is absolutely anything, as long as it's not damaging to you mentally or physically. If you tend to use your smartphone during leisure, try to reduce your screen time during your ‘me time'. Taking breaks from social media allows you to create space for self-care and mental rejuvenation as you disconnect from the stressors that social media can bring, such as the anxiety from negative news, comparisons, and information overload.

2. Eat a balanced diet

A diet plan that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, lean meat, and plenty of water can positively affect your overall health and mental well-being. Consuming a balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle while preventing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, improving brain function and mood, and boosting your energy levels. By incorporating a variety of nutritious foods into your diet, you can ensure that your body receives the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to function properly and thrive.

3. Exercises regularly

Exercise is a wonderful way to practice self-care and manage stress. It helps reduce stress levels, releases endorphins that elevate mood, and boosts energy levels. It also promotes better sleep & enhances cognitive function. By making regular exercise a part of your self-care routine, you are leading a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

4. Get medical check ups regularly

Regular health check-ups can play a crucial role in detecting early signs of underlying health conditions, especially considering the impact that factors such as age, lifestyle choices (such as smoking and drinking), and genetics can have on an individual's health. Furthermore, some people may benefit from tailored exercise routines recommended by their doctors, taking into account their individual health needs and risk factors. For example, individuals with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease may be advised to incorporate more leg workouts, as these exercises can help to strengthen the heart and improve circulation. By regularly visiting your doctor and following their advice, you can take proactive steps towards preventing or managing health issues.

Getting regular medical checkups can be hard on your finances, particularly for senior citizens, who may face additional financial burdens due to their age and healthcare needs. Consider purchasing a health insurance plan for the medical coverage protection you need. 


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