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Since a young age, we’re told to wash our hands, be clean, eat healthily and do anything we can to protect our health. Many people, in fact, do that, while others neglect their well-being in favor of short-lived pleasures such as fast food, smoking, and drinking. As we get older, we tend to get ill which results in more frequent visits to the doctor and more desperate attempts to preserve our health. This is actually unfortunate because our health is something we should cherish no matter our age. So, without further ado, here are some tips and suggestions that can help you be healthier and happier for years to come:

1. Don’t neglect health checkups

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This one’s crucial, since so many people tend to forego doctor’s visits thinking that if they feel fine, there’s nothing wrong with them. You should have a general checkup once a year, and in case you’re struggling with certain health issues, be sure to check your health every three to six months. It may seem frightening and uncomfortable, but this is the first step towards being healthy. Being regular on your health checkups is crucial since early discover is the key to recovery. Also, make sure to find doctors that are reliable and trustworthy, and in case you need to pay a bit extra, make sure to do so since health is the only thing we miss when it’s gone. 

2. Eating a balanced diet is a must

There’s no excuse when it comes to eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. Yes, preparing meals can be exhausting, especially during the hot summer months, but you also need to know that eating healthily is important if you want to live a long and prosperous life. Instead of finding solace in cookies and ready-made meals, you should focus on foods rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and iron. Instead of counting calories and starving yourself, it would be much better to eat food that is full of nutrients. Additionally, in case you can’t eat a few small meals, make sure to eat when you’re ready, and regarding liquid consumption, make sure to stay hydrated, particularly if it’s very hot outside. In case you don’t like to drink water, you can opt for herbal teas, healthy smoothies, and freshly squeezed fruit juices.

3. Mental health also matters

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Recently, there’s more and more discussion regarding mental health, which is great, since mental health issues need to be destigmatized once and for all. You should never, ever hide your condition, and in case you feel symptoms of depression and anxiety, immediately find a mental health professional to talk to, because finding a treatment is crucial if you want to recover and live your best life. Whether you get prescribed medication or decide to start therapy, you should know that recovery takes some time, so don’t expect miraculous results overnight. Also, make sure to monitor your condition, and if possible, keep a mood journal so you’ll be able to track your progress and know your pain points. 

4. Being organized can make your life better

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A lot of people live their lives on a whim without any plan or structure, which can lead to depression. Now, you don’t need to become a super-organized robot who does everything according to the plan, but having a certain routine such as waking up earlier can be greatly helpful for your health. If you consider yourself to be disorganized, then you should know that goal-setting apps can have a lot of benefitsfor your mental health and sense of overall well-being. Besides, try to create a daily or weekly routine that can help you stay on track and if possible, create to-do lists so you’ll be able to keep up with everything you’ve done, and have an overview of things you should do. 

5. Nurture and cherish your relationships

Your relationships do define you, after all. Your choice of friends can say a lot about you and your plans for the future, so make sure to spend time with people who are nurturing, ambitious and creative. Always focus on those who are happy to see you succeed instead of those who are trying to pull you down because they’re unhappy with themselves. If you want to have a care-free and happy life, you should remove toxic people from your life, because they are not beneficial to your well-being. Instead, focus on those who bring you joy and who can motivate you to reach your goals and be a better person.

To conclude, taking care of your health isn’t something you can do overnight, but these tips can surely help you be healthy and feel better. Always prioritize your own comfort and peace of mind because it’s the only thing you have that depends solely on you.

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