Pointers for Health

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Here are a few things that can make a huge difference in your life if you learn to incorporate these in your daily activities.  You may not see the results in the blink of an eye, because change is not an overnight process. You have to constantly work for it. But I hope these tips can get you to a good start. 

It’s never too late to start now. 🙂

  •  Say no to a Sedentary Lifestyle! Sure, taking a rest may be good for you, but lazing around too much is not. You might reason that your work is tiring you out and draining most of your energy and it is okay to rest after a hard day’s work. But make sure that not ALL the time you are slacking off. You can do swimming, jogging, hand and leg exercises, even regular walking or strolling and other activities that can count as exercise. This not only helps you in staying fit, but also prevents you from developing illnesses (diabetes, heart diseases, etc.)
  • Listen to Your Body. Sometimes, we tend to just go with the flow of whatever is happening around us that we forget to listen to our body. For example, if one is on a diet and is very conscious about his/her appearance, leading to unhealthy eating habits. This can take in many forms like binge eating, skipping meals, bulimia, anorexia among others. This goes on and then the person tends to ignore the warning signs and symptoms that his/her body is giving him/her on an impending illness, thinking that it is nothing serious. Never let your desires to achieve weight loss make you at risk to getting sick. I’m not saying that you stop your diet or stop going to the gym, but at least, don’t overwork yourself.
  • Don’t get too attached on electronic gadgets. Example, staying too long in front of the computer. Although I know that this is wrong, I sometimes tend to do this also. And I have to think of ways to stop depending on gadgets from now on, okay, maybe just limit my time with the gadgets. Not only is this bad for your eye because of radiation, but it is also not good for your health. The social media might be your life, but you might want to try to venture into new hobbies. I’m not saying that you should completely give up your social media life and all your other electronic gadgets, all I’m saying is that all it takes is balance.
  • Learn to say NO once in a while. Yes, you can have your Friday night-out drinking with your friends, but it would be better if you would drink occasionally, and not develop it as a habit. Stop saying YES just to everything, especially if you feel pressure to do something. Learn to stand up for yourself. It’s okay to have fun, but abusing your body in the course of having fun is never okay.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Each and every one of us is unique in our own way. When you compare yourself to others, you’re just making yourself feel bad. You think and feel that you’re never good enough because you’re not like this or like that. Instead of comparing, why not focus on what you have and develop your strengths?
  • Never let someone’s approval be your standard. No matter what you do, you cannot please everybody. There will always be people who will criticize you and try to put you down. But don’t let their approval be your standard for whatever you are doing because doing so only makes you feel as if everything that you are doing will never be good enough, that something is always missing. Just remember this, believe in yourself, you can do anything as long as you set your heart on doing it, without needing anyone’s approval.
  • The key is to do everything in moderation. Perfection will never be the solution to unhealthy habits because when you strive for perfection, you will only get frustrated. Depriving yourself of the things you want only pushes you to crave more, (like eating more than the usual) which leads you to more unhealthy habits.

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