For a little Monday motivation, I decided to write some reminders to keep up your health. With all the pandemic stresses, it’s easy to let some of these go or to try to manage stress with things that may not be good for you.
Here are some tips and reminders that all work together to help keep up your health.
Check what you’re eating or wearing
Find out if you are eating, wearing or using anything that is causing you allergies, health concerns or affecting your skin. Treat that first. Some things to look for are:
- Dark circles under your eyes, one of the causes for this is a sinus problem.
- A yellowish hue to your skin, which can be caused by kidney, liver or other organ issues
- Wrinkles can be caused by using products too harsh for your skin.
If right after eating your stomach or colon starts to hurt, you could have an intolerance to what you’re eating. If you can, get tested for food allergies. You can also note the ingredients and try experimenting by removing them one by one to see which one may be the issue.
Manage your stress
Stress can ruin how you feel and look, including your stomach, face, head, body, and sleep. Since life can be pretty stressful, it’s important to minimize its impact on your health. I wrote some other tips that may be helpful.
Lack of sleep affects how you function and how you look, including increasing your desire to eat. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body produces more of the hormone that increases your desire to eat. It also can give you bags and dark circles under your eyes. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day if you can.
Stress produces chemicals that make you feel tense. Working out helps move these chemicals through your body. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you don’t work out, schedule it into your day to make it a priority.
Follow the recommended food guide. Enjoy yourself but try to avoid eating or drinking too much of anything. The excess food can leave you feeling lethargic as your body tries to digest it. Too much alcohol also dries out your skin.
Drink lots of water
Most people are chronically dehydrated. How much water is necessary depends on the study. Still, most experts believe you need to drink eight to 10 cups of water a day to replace the water lost through your normal metabolic processes. Dehydrated skin looks tired and dry.
Try to meditate, use deep breathing or visualization. They can help reduce your stress. If you feel stressed, or a headache is coming on, try to meditate, deep breathe or visualize for at least 10 minutes to help minimize some of the effects.
For some more health tips during the pandemic, check out some of my other posts.
Header photo of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.