A guide to help you stay healthy
The following are four key components to help you stay healthy.
1) Eating well
What you put in your mouth is completely in your control. Healthy eating keeps your body and brain healthy, and there’s no substitute for it. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need - even if that means taking a vitamin in addition to your meals.
Unhealthy eating includes overeating and mindless eating (like eating in front of the TV or computer), drinking juices and sweet drinks, eating ready-made foods out of packages (like chips, crackers or biscuits) and not eating enough fruit or vegetables.
Check out the links below for more information on how to eat healthy:
If money is an issue, make sure you have a budget set and then check out this link for ideas:
2) Keeping active
Keeping fit can make you happier and also clears your mind. Getting exercise helps maintain muscle tone and strength, and increases your self-confidence. Physical activity can be anything from boxing at your local gym to dancing in your living room.
The Ministry of Health has a couple of useful articles outlining the benefits of keeping active and how much is recommended:
By exercising and being active regularly, you’ll be respecting your body and helping to maintain that amazing machine of yours.
3) Sleeping enough
Another cornerstone to wellbeing is getting enough sleep. And it is most often perfectly within your control. How much you need varies from person to person. Get enough and you’ll feel on top of the world. Get too little and you may feel like crawling under a rock.
Check out the links below to find out how much sleep you need and for sleeping tips, as well as the connection to mental health.
Having connections is essential to our happiness. Being heard and understood helps us feel connected to our friends, family and those around us. Even if it’s just sharing a laugh, we feel closer to our family and whānau when we connect with them.
The Mental Health Foundation has created The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which focuses on five ways we can keep up our wellbeing. Check these out, look at the activities and hear other people’s stories:
Incorporating these ways to wellbeing in your day-to-day life will give you a sense of hope and purpose as well as helping you better cope with life stress.