When it comes to preserving our health, we all tend to think about things on the surface level. We eat healthily because we want to keep our stomachs flat, and we exercise because we want to keep our entire physique in shape. Whilst the end goal in both those cases may still be a healthier body, granted that the methods utilized to achieve those objectives are healthy and viable methods in the long-term, there are so many other areas of personal health which women often ignore because they don’t have any “surface-level” symptoms.
Living healthily shouldn’t be something we do for vain reasons on the outside; it should be something we do based on what’s happening on the inside. Perhaps you’re not quite sure what else you could be doing to look after yourself on a daily basis; your life is quite busy, and it’s already time-consuming to squeeze exercise in amongst your schedule. Well, here are just a few areas of your health that you might or might not be neglecting if you want some food for thought.
Your sleeping pattern
Sleep might seem like a tame suggestion to put at the top of any woman’s list, but you shouldn’t underestimate its importance to your overall physical and mental health. Failing to sleep for a sufficient amount of time each night could lead to a lack of concentration during the day, headaches, and proneness to falling sick (as your body will be weaker). Your body should tell you if you’re getting enough sleep, and the ideal amount differs from person to person.
The rough estimate is 8 hours per night in terms of how much sleep the average person should get, but some may only need 7 and others may need 9. If you’re struggling to sleep then you need to look at why that is. Insomnia is something you should discuss at a clinic, but often the cause of sleeplessness is not mental; watching TV, drinking caffeine, or anything else which might stimulate your mind are all things which you should be avoiding before bed.
Your eyes are a precious and vital component of your body, but we often abuse them without realizing it. Perhaps your vision is fine and you’ve never felt the need to consider whether anything was wrong with your eyes, but it might be worth booking an ophthalmologist appointment because there’s more to look after with your eyes than just your vision. Conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts are things you want to catch early. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, some aspects of our health aren’t visible on the surface; instead of worrying about wearing glasses, think about the health of your eyes.
Dental hygiene should be at the top of your priority list too. Again, you shouldn’t just be thinking about how white your teeth look; the health of your pearly whites is far more important, and that isn’t determined by appearance. You should be looking after your gums to prevent them receding, as this can lead to tooth loss. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth twice or perhaps even three times a day is the key to keeping your mouth healthy.
Finally, but most importantly, look after your mind. Our thoughts are something we can’t control, but we can learn to reflect and calm down our noisy minds now and again. Practice meditation because you’ll find that living in the present moment helps to stop the chatter, worrying, and stress. This is vital to a woman’s mental and your physical health because a stressed mind can have adverse effects on the body.