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These Simple Habits Can Help You Look and Feel Younger

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These Simple Habits Can Help You Look and Feel Younger

by Guest Blogger, Dana B.

Ever feel like you’re 35 going on 65? Feeling older than you actually are is usually a strong indicator that you need to change your lifestyle habits. Aside from the emotional impacts, feeling older can mean that your physical health is being affected by your everyday habits. Still, it can be tricky knowing which advice to follow when it comes to healthy aging, The best lifestyle changes to make are ones that are backed by research, like the ones below.

Eat More Gut Healthy Foods

Listening to your gut is crucial for important decisions, but it can also be important for healthy aging. According to Gaiam, there are several links between gut health and overall health, including inflammation and lowered immunity, but these changes can be easily reversed to promote healthier aging. While supplements and treating infections are helpful, you can also turn to gut healthy foods to restore the balance in your own internal microbiome. Most people already know that yogurt contains healthy bacteria, but it’s possible to boost gut health with garlic, almond milk, pickles and even dark chocolate. These vitamin-, probiotic- and prebiotic-rich foods either contain the same gut-healthy bacteria or helpful fiber, both of which can help maintain balance in your digestive system.

Find Ways to Maintain Hydration

You’ve heard it over and over again: Hydration is important. Although you may recognize this importance, you may not fully understand the benefits of hydration for your mind and body, especially when it comes to feeling older. For example, hydration can provide an energy boost, improve the appearance of skin, and even promote weight loss. So, you will look and feel younger, no matter your real age. Drinking all that water can be a challenge for many folks, though, which is why it’s useful to have some hydration tricks to make yourself drink more often. Pack a large water bottle in your bag before you head off to work, or add some fruit to your water, to make staying hydrated less daunting and something you start to look forward to each day.

Always Wear Sunscreen When Outside

When people who look and feel younger talk about their habits, they also tend to emphasize the importance of sunscreen use. That means wearing SPF any time you’re going to be out in the sun. Damaging UV rays—which can cause changes to skin appearance and skin cancer—are present whether you can see them or not, and seeing skin damage in the mirror can definitely make you feel older. The next time you’re going to be outside in the daytime, dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen that contains SPF 15 or 30; anything higher might actually provide false skin protection against the sun’s rays.

Stop Following Every Fad Diet

Maintaining a healthy weight can help you look and feel better. If you’re turning to fad diets to achieve that trim body, however, you may actually be risking your health. For instance, one fad diet claims that you can eat bentonite clay (volcanic ash) to help you lose weight, but according to Dr. Anton Emmanuel, gastroenterologist, you’re putting your digestive system, kidneys and heart at risk of failing. So if you want to change your diet, just focus on eating whole, nutritious meals that you can easily prepare at home or obtain from a delivery service if it’s in your budget.

If you Google “healthy aging,” you’re bound to be bombarded by a lot of wellness fads and complicated information. Really, though, looking and feeling younger just takes some simple changes to your basic everyday habits. So drink more water, wear sunscreen, and eat foods that will nourish your gut, your body and your overall health. Because those little, research-backed habits really can help you age better and feel younger.

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Making Important Life Decisions That You Feel Happy About

Making Important Life Decisions That You Feel Happy About

Life is all about balance. There will be times where things just seems to be going your way, and then there will be moments where you have no choice but to make difficult decisions. Ultimately, you have to think about yourself and your family before anything else, and in some circumstances, people may not agree with your decision, but as long as you feel content and assured, then that’s all that matters. With that in mind, here are some of the important life decisions that you may need to consider and make in the near or distant future. 

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Deciding to get married

Finding someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with is not as easy as you might think. Some meet their partners in school and are childhood sweethearts, others will wait and kiss many frogs before finding their prince. However, many get to the stage where they are serious with someone and then ultimately the conversation regarding marriage will come up. Deciding on making that commitment is big, but in your heart of hearts you will already know what you want to do. 

Deciding to start a family

Whether marriage is on the cards or not, starting a family may be something that you start discussing. That might be because every conception story is different, and sometimes trying to conceive can take longer than you originally thought. Take time to consider your options and don’t be put off if it doesn’t happen straight away. It might be worth looking into things that you can do to improve your chances. 

What if you are not ready? 

Sometimes we are not ready for children when the situation arises accidentally. It might have been a time when your contraception failed you or simply just an error in judgement. It happens, and that might mean that you consider all of your options including an abortion clinic. However, these things can come at unexpected times and in theory after consideration it might not be a bad thing. Just make sure you take time before making any rash and life-changing decisions. 

Knowing what to do with your career

Your career and the job that you do is an important decision to make when it comes to life. After all, you spend a huge chunk of your time working, and you want to ensure that you feel happy and content. Sometimes we don’t realise what we are passionate about until later in life, so a career change may be on the cards for you. It could even mean starting your own business and working for yourself. Working from home for a better life and work balance and generally making some big decisions for your future career. 

Where you live and what you do with your life

Finally, where you live and what you do with your life are also big decisions that you may want to take time considering. Perhaps you want to live in a different country and experience a new culture. Maybe you want to do charity work or change your lifestyle in some way. Take time to think about what you want to do with your life, we only get one shot at it. 

Let’s hope this has given you something to think about when it comes to important life decisions. 

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Thinking Of Your Future Self: What Can You Do?

Thinking Of Your Future Self: What Can You Do?

Sometimes we need to be aware that the things we do today, will have an impact on our tomorrow. Sometimes we can get stuck in the here and now and focus too much on how we feel today, and making sure that we feel good about it, but often, sometimes those things on a long term basis will not help us in the future. It is always good to feel amazing in the present day, but if you can, making wise choices as well for your future self. Here are some of the things that you can do.

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Take care of your teeth

Your teeth are often one thing that you overlook, but in truth, we only get one shot at looking after our adult teeth. You may not be able to avoid accidents that cause your teeth to be damaged or fall out, but you can ensure that they are looked after, free from plaque and are in good condition. This is when things like a decent dental care schedule could work in your favour. Enabling you to go to appointments, have your teeth regularly checked and ensure that any treatment needed is done. It may sound like a simple thing, but we will all be thankful for decent healthcare in the future as we get older.

Work on your mindset

Your mind is a powerful tool, and so you should ensure that you work on this aspect of your life. The issue is that we can all develop habits of thinking. You may naturally go towards a negative outlook, think about the worst case scenario of generally feel not good enough. But this is your mindset, and it can be changed. Like anything habits need to be broken and made again, and you can certainly turn negative thoughts into something more positive. You could also work on other things like gratitude, which could also work towards helping you change your outlook on life for the better. Small steps can have the biggest impact.

Change your lifestyle

Your lifestyle is a big factor, and the things that you eat and the amount of activity you do day to day can also have a positive effect on your future self. You need to ensure that you nourish your body with the things that it needs to function more effectively. Activity doesn’t mean heading to the gym each day, but making a choice to be active everyday. This could be walking your dog, or even just taking the stairs instead of a lift. Changing your lifestyle is an ongoing thing, and takes work and effort to realise what will work for you and what won’t.

Becoming more aware of makes you feel good

Finally, you only get one life, and so it is vital that you become more aware of the things that make you feel good, and avoid those things that don’t. Of course, not all of us will have a job we love but yet we still need to do it in order to pay our bills. But the long term benefit of that is being able to live the life we want, so it’s an essential cog in the system. This is more about surrounding yourself with people you love and build you up, and also being able to do the things that you enjoy doing. Fill your days with as many good things as possible.

Let’s hope this helps you to think of your future self.

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Life With A Chronic Illness Made Easy

Life With A Chronic Illness Made Easy

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It’s easy living with a broken limb or a burst appendix because you can go straight to hospital and get treatment. You will only be in pain for a few months, and then you can get back on with your regular life.

 

But what if you found out that all that pain would stick around for the rest of your life? That is the reality that sufferers of chronic illnesses have to come to terms with.

 

A chronic illness is one that will never get better. Even though there are various medications that help patients live with these long-term illnesses, there is a limit to how much treatment they will be able to get. As you can tell, adjusting to life with a chronic illness can be very difficult for most people to come to terms with.

 

Thankfully, though, that isn’t any reason to despair, and there are various ways you can make life with a chronic condition easier to deal with. Here are just a few of them.

 

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Get Your Mental Health Checked Out

 

A chronic illness diagnosis can often trigger various mental health problems, such as bipolar depression. That’s because people often become very upset and frustrated over their diagnosis, and all of these negative feelings and emotions often manifest themselves into a mental health problem. For this reason, it is important that everyone who has a long-term illness gets their mental health checked out. Doctors and mental health specialists will be able to spot the first signs of certain problems and will be able to treat them as soon as possible. That way, there is little chance of them developing into a bigger problem.

 

Improve Your Knowledge

 

The best way you can figure out how to make your own life easier is by equipping yourself with as much knowledge about the disease as you can. Of course, the first place you should go to for more information is your local doctor’s surgery. Your family doctor or nurse will be able to tell you everything you need to know, such as what to expect from your condition and the different medication and treatments currently available. It is also worth looking for charities and organizations that help people with your condition. They will also have lots of literature that you can read, and they might even have meetups and online message boards where you can meet other people with the same condition.

 

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Change Your Lifestyle

 

Every illness can be improved by a healthier standard of living, especially chronic diseases. You will certainly feel the benefits if you try and switch to a healthy way of living. One of the first things you should do is ditch any unhealthy habits you may have, such as drinking and smoking. These might even be aggravating your condition. It is also a good idea to take a closer look at your diet and see if there are any improvements that can be made. For example, some types of food might cause some symptoms to worsen, so you will need to find out which ingredients affect you most and cut them out of your diet. Healthier eating habits will improve your overall health, which can help your body cope with the chronic condition far better than it would be able to if you stick to very unhealthy eating habits. So, it’s a good idea to ditch all the fatty foods and sugary treats no matter how good they may taste!

 

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Reach Out When You Need Help

 

It’s true that there will be difficult periods when you are living with a chronic medical condition; there is just no way you can escape from them. But at least you can be happy knowing that there are often more good days than bad days! However, you will certainly need a lot of help and support to get through the bad days. Because of this, it’s a good idea to get a support network to of close friends and relatives. These should be people who you can rely on to always be there for you when you need help. For instance, they might need to give you a lift to the hospital or you simply might someone to come around and listen to you when you have something on your mind. Don’t forget that your doctors and nurses should also be included in your support network as they are the ones who will know all about your medication and treatment.

 

Get To Grips With Medication

 

For many chronic illnesses, sufferers need to take a cocktail of drugs. These are often for pain relief, but they will also help to manage some other symptoms. If you find it hard to remember to take one tablet a day, how on earth are you going to manage when you need to take a lot of different ones?! The trick is good medication management. Having a chat with your doctor or nurse about the different medications and their purposes can help you put this all into context. This context will motivate you to keep on top of all the meds! If you still struggle, you might find it beneficial to start a medication diary in which you write down which tablets and pills you need on certain days.

 

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Consider End Of Life Arrangements

 

Sometimes, people often think about death when they are given a serious diagnosis. You might find that you also do when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, even if it is not terminal. If this is the case, you might want to get started on your end of life arrangements, such as putting together a will and sorting out your estate. Doing it now will get it out of the way, and you won’t have to worry about things when you get very ill and are unable to see to things.

 

Living with a chronic medical condition is a very big deal indeed. But, hopefully, all of the tips in this blog post will help you lead a happy and comfortable life.

 

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