How do I look after my own health?


Are you feeling stressed out, tired, sick or can't seem to stop yourself from constantly physically and / or mentally rushing? One method to re-balance yourself and enhance your health and focus is to meditate on a regular basis. To start off, try doing a meditation course where you can learn the basics and understand how to stop your mind from racing all of the time. After you learn the basics, you can meditate anywhere at anytime that you feel you need to stop and switch off for a moment. Meditation does not mean wasting time and being unproductive. If done properly, it will refresh and re-focus you and lead you to be more productive the rest of the time.

Alternative therapies

If you are finding yourself getting tired, sick or stressed out often, you may find some alternative therapies a more effective treatment then traditional drugs. For instance, for relieving stress and enhancing focus and clarity, regular acupuncture is an effective treatment. Iridologists and other alternative health consultants can often diagnose illnesses before the symptoms are obvious and all you might be feeling is a general tiredness or sickness. Be careful who you consult with and try to get recommendations from others on which therapists are effective and safe in their treatments.

Break up your week

To remove stress and enhance your health and wellbeing, find an activity to break up each week. This should be something that is totally different to the rest of your normal routine - something totally "left field". For instance, if you are stuck in an office at work, play an outdoor sport once a week. Or, if you keep to yourself most of the time, go and do a public speaking course. Another idea is to pick a pursuit that is completely different to you. e.g. try fencing, croquet or bush walking.

Recharge your batteries

To maintain your health, focus, clarity and general good spirits, ensure that you are recharging yourself at least once a week. Make time in your weekly schedule for relaxation, exercise or social time with others where you are slowing down from the speed of the rest of your life. Ensure that you stick to that relaxation time even if you don't feel that you need it. If you make it a habit, then you will better ensure long term health and wellbeing.

Regular check-ups

To keep on top of your health, ensure that you are getting regular check-ups from your doctor. That way, you can get onto problems earlier and seek treatments or lifestyle changes before the symptoms become too problematic. Managing stress and balancing your life is much easier to do if you maintain good health. Always make your health a priority.

Diffuse your anger

For your own health and for the health of your relationships with your family, learn to diffuse your anger. Studies have shown that a lot of men carry a great deal of anger around with them and are often releasing it, in different ways, on others. Find ways to unload it elsewhere. For instance, physical effort is a great way to release the emotional pressure - hard work gets a lot of the aggression out. This could be via exercise, chopping wood or mowing lawns, etc. At worst, you can go into your bedroom on your own and thump a pillow for awhile. What ever method you use, make sure it's harmless to others and really lets the pressure out.

Separate your weeks

To balance your life and maintain your health, you need to separate each week. What that means is that you don't just keep on working day after day after day without a change of pace and focus. Each week should start and end and be separate from the next week. If you get into the habit of just being on the go all the time, you will risk burning yourself out.

Lighten the load

Lighten your own load at times to reduce stress and the feelings of restriction that having a full-on family and life can bring. Listen to some comedy tapes in your car, have a drink with an old friend, go for a barefoot walk in the park at lunch time, go for a walk in the rain, or do whatever else you find relaxes you. You can't function effectively or be happy and satisfied if your whole time is spent running at full speed through life.

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