3 important areas of your life that need a regular MOT*
If you’re racking up the hours at work or your social life is a constant whirl, you might struggle to set aside the time to really look after yourself. Eventually the strain this puts on your body and mind can start to show. To help ensure you don’t end up feeling run down and unhealthy, keep reading. Here, we take a look at three areas of your life that can benefit from a regular MOT.
No one can afford to neglect their physical health. From not getting enough exercise to eating unhealthy foods and ignoring the symptoms of potentially serious illnesses, there are a host of pitfalls to steer clear of. Every so often, it’s worth asking yourself if you could improve everything from your diet to your sleep schedule and activity levels. Bear in mind that it’s advisable to get between seven and nine hours of shuteye per night, and experts recommend doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, as well as strength exercises on at least two days. It’s also a good idea to go for regular checkups with your doctor. They may pick up on problems you’re completely unaware of. For example, did you know that more than one in four adults in the UK has high blood pressure? If left untreated, this can raise the risk of health problems such as strokes and heart attacks.
Sexual health can be an embarrassing subject to broach, but it’s essential that you’re savvy when it comes to issues such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the most suitable forms of contraception. It’s important to realise that not all STIs have noticeable symptoms, so you might not know if you’ve been infected. Chlamydia is a good example. This is the most common STI in the UK and many people who have it are unaware. So, if you’ve had unprotected sex, it’s wise to get yourself checked out. You can go to a clinic for this, and some tests are now available through online pharmacies like Online Doctor Lloyds Pharmacy. Discovering you are infected can be upsetting, but many STIs can be treated with a course of antibiotics.
It’s also a good idea to re-evaluate your contraception options from time to time. If you’re not happy with your current form of birth control, speak to your GP. They may be able to suggest an alternative that suits you better.
Mental health often takes a back seat to physical wellbeing, but if you’re stressed, anxious or depressed, the effects on your quality of life can be major. If you’re under too much strain, look for ways to take the pressure off. This could mean making changes to the way you work, asking family or friends for help or learning effective stress management techniques. Meanwhile, many mental health issues – including anxiety and depression – can be improved by talking about your problems, either with a trained professional or with your loved ones.Whatever you do, don’t suffer mental health problems in silence.
It’s easy to lose sight of the significance of protecting your wellbeing when you’re busy thinking about other things, but by taking a step back once in awhile and analysing each of these three areas, you stand a better chance of staying healthy and happy.