To remain healthy as possible, you need to be an active participant in self-care. You can help maintain your health and wellness by incorporating a few steps in your life daily and bearing in mind the changes in how you feel. Taking care of own health is not only for adults, but teens too. Seek advice from your doctor about healthy lifestyle and stay away from habits or activities that could damage your body in any way.
- Quit smoking, and if you don’t smoke, don’t try to start it. Smoking is proven to cause chronic lung conditions, such as lung cancer and emphysema. Avoid places or situations where you may expose to second-hand smoke as well.
- Practice nutritious, well-balanced diet. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the not so healthy options once in a while but don’t over-do. Make sure to eat two to four servings of fruit every day, and three to five servings of vegetables. Adults, teens, and children should consume five to seven ounces of meats or beans, and two to three servings of dairy products daily.
- Protect yourself from the sun to stay away from wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. Use sunscreen with an SPF at least 15. Apply it thoroughly and reapply every two hours. Apply it more often if you’re perspiring or swimming.
- Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect it by eating food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein, vitamin C, and vitamin E to ward off age-related vision problems. Wear a sunglass that protects your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
- Make sure to find time to exercise at least three to four times a week if you can’t do it every day. Exercises help in improving your mental alertness and mood. They also aid your body to stay healthy and resist illness. Exercise also helps you stay in good shape, increase your energy, and sleep well at night.
- Resist pressure to take alcoholic drinks, regardless of your age. Drinking hits your vital organs severely, regardless of how much you consume. Drinking may lead to inflammation of the liver or hepatitis. Alcohol can also cause a surge in blood pressure, which puts additional strain on the heart to pump oxygenated blood to tissues and cells of the body, including the brain.
- Don’t drive if you have been drinking, and don’t ride a vehicle driven by someone who’s been drinking or using illegal drugs. Call someone to come and pick you up, rather than risking your life to injuries or even death.
- Avoid sex with someone unprotected. Sexually transmitted diseases are devastating to the body, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia, and may cause impotency. Other communicable diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) can damage body function and eventually lead to death.
- Cut out negative influences in your life. Think of influences that affect your health and slowly get rid of those negative influences from your life. Some of the negative influences that you might want to consider are junk foods, fast food drive thru, someone who doesn’t respect your goals, being disorganized, staying up too late, etc.