We all know that there are many lifestyle changes that we could and should be making but perhaps they lose their impact with repetition. So instead, we are sharing some more unusual suggestions.
1. Go shoe shopping!
Take stock of your shoes and decide whether they actually protect your joints and soft tissues. Flat shoes with little or no support could lead to dropped arches and leave your knees and ankles vulnerable to strain.
Shoes should be robust enough to absorb shock instead of your knees having to do that work. Look for supportive styles and designs as a healthy alternative. We tell you more about foot care
in our earlier post.
Of course, going barefoot whenever you can is a bonus tip
, allowing your feet to breathe and stretch out. If weather permits, walk on the grass, the sandy beach or paddle in natural water for 10 to 15 minutes at least and as often as you can. There is a method - place your heel down first, followed by the mid foot before spreading out the toes as much as possible and finally moving off using the big toe.
2. Listen to the birdsong!
Stop and listen as you might be surprised at how beautiful it can sound. It can also be a wakeup call to check up on your hearing. Hearing loss is on the increase, making it more important than ever to take care of your ears and your hearing.
Hearing loss can creep up so slowly that you just may not realize that you are affected. In fact you could be the last person to know as it is often the case that friends, co-workers or family members spot the problem before you do. Sounds like birdsong, footsteps or leaves rustling in the wind are often the first sounds to fade away and not be heard any more by someone with hearing loss.
The good news is that once you have had your hearing tested and the hearing specialist has got to the bottom of the problem and treated it, people with hearing loss can start to improve their physical and emotional well being immediately.
3. Monitor your moles!
Always keep an eye on your moles
and see a doctor or dermatologist if you notice that a mole changes size, shape or color; if it bleeds or becomes itchy or painful; of if moles suddenly appear after the age of twenty.
All moles should be checked regularly. Our earlier post will tell you how.
4. Harness your herbs!
The growing of herbs, and their use in cooking and for health benefits, is on the increase. Whether they are growing in your garden or in pots on the window ledge, you can add them to all types of dishes. So many different varieties
are available with dill, mint, parsley, thyme and chives, for example, containing vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients to revitalise and rebalance. Everyone can grow herbs and the more you grow, the more uses you will find for them.
5. Protect your eyes!
Vision is probably our most important sense and the one we would miss the most if it was taken from us. It is really worth while doing what we can to prevent any toll on our eyesight. Unfortunately, with aging the surface of the cornea flattens, so less light gets into the eye. At the same time the macula (essential for reading and seeing the small print and fine details) becomes thinner. While lots of different causes lead to these changes, we can halt the progression
through diet and exercise.
6. Exercise in the great outdoors!
If you can get out into the outdoors and take at least a 30 minute walk every day, you will reduce stress, boost your immunity and help to fight over colds, flu and other viruses. If you can include some hills in your walking
, this will provide a much more thorough work out than the treadmill in the gym and help to raise your heart rate. There is a snippet of good news in that if you are working in an office environment all day and can just make your way to a local park or green area for an absolute minimum of 5 minutes every lunch break, you will reap the benefits.
7. Eat at the table!
Many families have sadly got out of the habit of sharing a meal together at the dining room or kitchen table. The benefits are numerous.
One is that sitting upright helps food enter your stomach rather than leaking back into the oesophagus and causing symptoms like heartburn.
Another benefit is to eat a sit-down meal with your loved ones daily
. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eating together creates a sense of community like nothing else.
According to a CASA report, teens who have fewer than three family dinners a week are 3.5 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs and to have used illegal drugs other than marijuana, 3 times more likely to have used marijuana, more than 2.5 times more likely to have smoked cigarettes and 1.5 times more likely to have tried alcohol.
8. Do something every day to take you out of your comfort zone
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have
.” — Tim Ferriss.
Twenty seconds of fear is all you need to confront on a daily basis. Go ahead and make that call; ask that question; pitch that idea; post that video; or whatever it is that you fear doing. Anticipating such an event is often worse than the event itself.
9. Practice pet therapy
Pets have great healing powers. Young children gain comfort and protection while sharing secrets, often turning to pets in place of adults for support. Scientists also believe that stroking a pet can help us to relax and, in turn, lower blood pressure. We are able to switch off from stressful situations such as work and emotional problems.
10. Start airing your bed!
House dust mites are the biggest cause of indoor allergies. They love the warm environment of your "slept-in" bed so resist jumping out of bed and just tucking the covers back in again. Instead, throw them back to let air and daylight do its job of making life less comfortable for the mites.
But do make your bed
once it is aired. According to psychological research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful than those who don’t. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested. On the other hand, it is said that non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. Well you have been warned!