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Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

4 Ways to Take Care of Your Health Most People Forget About

“Being healthy” is a very subjective term, and it means a lot more than good diet and exercise. Your health encompasses your entire well-being, and it’s natural to put your health on the back burner when life calls. However, taking a more holistic approach to your health can lead to a longer, healthier and happier life. There are many ways to do this, and little steps each day can make a huge impact.

For example, making sure your social security disability is in good order is part of your financial health. Committing to waiting a few minutes before checking your phone in the morning can lead to better emotional and mental clarity. Here are a few of the best ways to care for your health that are fast, easy and make the biggest difference:

Photo/Femke Jenkins Photography

Photo/Femke Jenkins Photography

1. Learn to say no

Somehow, being busy all the time and multi-tasking became the ultimate proof that you were “making it,” and your health is suffering for it. Everyone has the same hours in each day. Spend yours wisely, and learn to say no when you don’t want to do something, when your plate is too full or when it’s just not beneficial to you.

2. Stop looking at any screen at least two hours before bed

Looking at a screen, whether it’s the TV or your laptop, stimulates you which makes falling asleep more difficult. Quality sleep is paramount to good health and feeling your best, but many Americans are chronically sleep deprived. This is perhaps the best way to address sleeplessness and improve your sleep quality.

3. Schedule rest days

Whether you’re a gym rat or just going non-stop seven days per week, schedule some down time. Ideally, you’ll have one rest day where there’s nothing you “have” to do (besides caring for any children or pets, of course), but even a few minutes of “me time” can work wonders. If you can, take a mini break every hour for just a couple of minutes to do nothing. Call it meditation or anything else you like, but re-charging is critical.

4. Start a budget

No matter how much (or how little) money you have, you need a budget. Track your spending for a few days and then create something that’s workable and allows for savings.

Getting healthy isn’t a one size fits all strategy. Focus on little things you can do each day and watch the benefits roll in.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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