MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Most individuals find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet throughout life due to their work schedule, financial status, and individual perception on eating, culture and sometimes, religion. Having healthy diets doesn’t mean you have to go bankrupt; there are affordable foods that could be adopted and modified to supply the body with the necessary nutrients. To maintain a healthy diet, try as much as possible to plan your meals.
- Endeavour to schedule time (perhaps a reminder on your mobile device or gadget), especially in the mornings to have a good breakfast before stepping out for work, as this is the most important meal of the day.
- Ensure your diet consists of several servings of vegetables and fruits (3-4 servings of these help to strengthen the immune system).
- Always read food labels to determine what you take into your body and how it might affect your health.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water depending on body weight per day. This can be easily achieved by carrying a water flask, keeping a bottle of water in your car, on your table at home, and on your office desk where you can see it. Drink healthy fruit or vegetable juices at least four times a week.
No doubt we all know that exercise is generally beneficial to the health and wellness of each individual, it deters sedentary living, chronic diseases and is also a great way to relax and help your body retain its youthful abilities. However, how do we cultivate a culture of consistent exercise?
- Plan time to exercise by specifying the time or day and duration you choose to adopt, making sure it is realistic and best suits your ability.
- Plan the activities you intend to engage in prior to exercising (you can set reminders on your gadgets).
- Write out a plan or get pictures and place them in a prominent place at home (bedroom doors, stairways).
- Get an exercise buddy/coach for extra motivation and plan your time. Finally, join a small group or a gym nearby where you can easily stroll to.
Effective time management can help us execute our plans and achieve success and a feeling of loyalty, trust, and commitment to other people around us. When taken seriously, it can ease us from stress, poor mental health, and confusion. Yes, perhaps, it might be difficult to commit to due to certain unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we can develop good time management skills if we truly want to.
- Plan your day the previous night, write out what you intend to achieve and the amount of time you need to achieve your goals. Whether they are meetings, cooking, studying, playing or any activity, write out the time chosen to execute the plan.
- Next, set an alarm or reminder giving yourself extra time, say 5-10 minutes if you are at the location you need to be, and 30-minutes or more if you are required to travel to a certain destination putting into consideration traffic or other circumstances.
KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND SAFE
The environment relies on us all to keep it safe and we rely on the environment not to choke us to death but this can only be achieved when we endeavour to keep our environment clean and free from pollutants of all kinds. It’s not rocket science, it starts with you and me.
- As each new day arises, try to think of the consequences of not keeping clean.
- Clear out any dirt from the house and avoid littering on the roads, beaches, or even in the bushes.
- Avoid open fires and burning substances that give off dangerous gases and leaves remnants in the environment (in place of open coal grilling/roasting, use an enclosed electric grill/oven.)
- Ensure you clean off your pets’ waste from the streets by wrapping them in a plastic bag and disposing of it properly.
- Pick up sharp and harmful objects off the ground and dispose of them properly.
WASH HANDS AS NECESSARY
Sometimes we forget the importance of washing our hands and also educating others to do likewise. Germs and bacteria thrive in places we often neglect, long fingernails, palms, wrists and all the way to the upper arm. Our hands are an excellent transport mechanism for these unseen creatures that expose us to illness and diseases.
- Get conscious! Learn and practice the proper steps of washing hands and know when to wash them thoroughly (soap and water are the recommended way to wash. Scrub for approximately 60 seconds according to the World Health Organization).
- When we touch dirty objects, go to the bathroom, play outdoors, handling soiled clothing, make sure to wash your hands. Use safe hand sanitizers when you do not have a washroom close by never leave out hand washing.
I hope you found this article to be helpful and discovered some healthy habits you’d like to adopt, starting today!