4 Things You Should Take More Seriously This Year
There is so much to care about these days.
Getting the right bra size, protecting your social media accounts from getting hacked, buying the right present…
While these things are important, there are many more serious issues that you should consider. For example, when was the last time you checked your heart rate?
Here are 4 things that you shouldn’t ignore anymore.
1. A Good Night’s Sleep
People are sleeping fewer hours than ever before. At present, we only get 6.7 hours of sleep a night compared to over 8 hours people used to get in the 1940s.
While this might not seem like a significant difference, sleeping less than 7 hours a night has serious consequences on our health.
Stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, and other major illnesses have strongly been linked to inadequate sleep.
While the science behind lack of sleep and predisposition to illnesses is complex, it boils down to that our bodies need time to repair and rejuvenate for proper functioning.
Whether or not we get enough shut-eye determines our physical and mental health and, by extension, our quality of life. So by all means, get a good bed and a mattress. So that you know, you can never go wrong with Ecosa.
Much has been said about exercise, but for most people, it is about toning or losing that extra weight.
Whatever your size or shape, exercise is as important as food to your body. First things first, being thin does not mean that you are less predisposed to conditions.
Especially ones that are brought about by a sedentary lifestyle, such as diabetes and heart disease.
This means that adding exercise to your life is good, no matter what size.
But exercise offers more than most folks are aware of. For example, did you know that it can improve memory and learning?
In addition, it will help you sleep better, improve your libido, and decrease stress.
3. Eating Healthy
2020 has been a tough year for everyone, all thanks to the COVID pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet either.
Since last year, more than 29 million people have been impacted by the virus. Many have lost their lives.
With no cure in sight, eating a healthy diet can go a long way in helping you survive the scourge. First things first, apart from the elderly, those at a heightened risk of severe illness risk from COVID are those with preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure.
Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, low salt, and unsaturated fats can prevent hypertension. Eating healthy can also boost your immunity, making it harder for you to fall ill.
4. Having Strong Relationships
Understandably, some people value their own space and immensely enjoy their own company.
While you do not have to accommodate every stranger you meet on the subway into your life, it helps to have healthy relationships.
Having strong relationships with friends or family has been proven to lead to a happier life and fewer health problems.
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Conversely, people who lack meaningful relationships have a 50% chance of an early death, according to a study that involved over 300,000 people.
Nothing is better than going on a road trip with friends or cracking jokes over a bottle of wine?
Granted, these are many more things that could fit in this list, but these are some of the most important ones.
Keep in mind that none of these is more important than the other. You have to pick them all.
Be healthy and keep safe!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.