Most days it’s hard to make yourself a priority, but when your body starts to show the negative side effects that come with stress and poor wellbeing, it may be too late. If you’re feeling stressed with low on energy or are feeling tired, take a look at these 5 ways to help prioritize your health today.
- Sleep More – It is crucial that you making time sleep. According to an article in the Guardian this week, a consistent 7 to 9-hours sleep each night is the most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health. Try turning off all technology before you head to bed to avoid an uneasy sleep due to lighting or mental activity.
- Eat More – Eating little and often will help you maintain a healthy metabolism and will avoid big surges in insulin. By eating in this way you will also ensure that the body doesn’t store calories in preparation for starvation.
- Relax More – Research indicates that short, frequent breaks actually help us get more accomplished by reducing stress and helping us concentrate better. So practice clearing your mind at regular intervals to unwind and boost concentration. We recommend trying mindfulness or meditation which can be done from anywhere at no cost!
- Drink More – Drinking water is crucial to health and wellbeing. To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water, plus water is great for flushing out toxins. Dehydration can affect brain structure and function. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning so make sure you are drinking plenty to achieve mental clarity.
- Enjoy Life More – It is important to give ourselves a break from time to time from the daily stresses of work and life. Studies have shown that even thinking about a vacation can boost emotion levels, reducing symptoms of health issues such as depression and high blood pressure.
Do not forget to make yourself a priority, you cannot help others if you cannot help yourself! Take time to evaluate your symptoms and see what you can change to help prioritize your health! If you are having trouble sleeping, make an appointment today with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, we can help you put your health first!