Looking after your health should be a priority. It should also be easy, but unfortunately, it’s often not. You could quite easily read four articles now, even from the same source, offering conflicting advice. Official guidelines on things like diet and exercise change all of the time. Rules seem to change, labelling on food is different day to day and looking after yourself, and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle can start to get remarkably complicated. All of this confusion and confliction makes it easy to understand why so many of us are making mistakes with our health.
Some of these mistakes are unlikely to hurt you, but others will. Making even simple mistakes with your health can mean that you don’t live as long, your quality of life isn’t what you want it to be and you never quite feel your best. Mistakes can mean that each day is a struggle and that you are always tired. It can affect your mental health and leave you feeling stressed out, sluggish and never quite right. Let’s take a look at some of the health mistakes that most of us are making.
Assuming it Won’t Happen to Us
We’ve all heard horror health stories about perfectly healthy people suddenly dying from some unknown condition. We’ve all had a friend that’s suddenly become sick. We all think that it only happens to other people. None of us assumes that it will ever happen to us. We believe that our sins will be forgiven and that even though we haven’t taken the best care of ourselves, we’ll be fine.
This simply isn’t the case. Ill health and sudden changes to health can happen to everyone. So, you should be giving your body the best chance by taking better care of it.
Thinking Things Won’t Change
We think that because we’re healthy now, we always will be. We neglect things like vision checks and hearing instrument specialist checks because we’ve always had good sight and hearing. But things do change. Get your sight checked every two years, and your hearing at the first sign of a problem. Get into the habit of performing home health checks to help you spot symptoms early on.
Trying to Do Too Much Too Soon
How many New Year’s resolutions have you broken in your lifetime? Most of us repeat the same failing process every year. It’s often because we try to make too many changes too soon. Yes, you should be eating well and exercising. Yes, cutting alcohol is excellent for your body and mind. But, try to hit the gym every day, walk 10000 steps a day, eat only healthy foods and drink only water, and you will fail. You’ll be unmotivated and unhappy, and you are likely to give up. Instead, make smaller changes to your lifestyle that you can sustain over time. You can always add more later on.
Not Trusting Our Instincts
We read advice and guidelines, but these are all generic. They aren’t written for you. Trust your instincts. You know your body, and you know when something is wrong. Learn to listen to your body and trust what it tells you.