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Four Ways to Look After your Long-Term Health

Four Ways to Look After your Long-Term Health

Ever since I had children, looking after my long-term health has become so important to me. Before our girls were born I wasn’t healthy. Skinny? Yes. Healthy? No. I didn’t eat the right foods, I spent far too much time in the gym and I drank far too  much alcohol at the weekend. I was a typical young, twenty-something with only myself to worry about. It’s amazing how your mindset changes when you have kids though. Suddenly you have to start looking past the end of your nose.

The main reason I decided to really take care of my long-term health, is because I want to be here for as long as I can for my children. So I resolved to make a few very important lifestyle changes, to help make sure I’m fighting fit for the forseeable!

Here are four great ways to look after your long-term health;

Cut down on alcohol –

I’ve written before about the reasons why I cut alcohol out of my life. In a nutshell though, too much alcohol just isn’t good for you. Drinking too much can cause high blood pressure, obesity, depression, addiction and it’s also been related to breast cancer in women. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption, or cutting it out all together reduces your risk of developing these conditions and so is the perfect way to look after your long-term health.

Make sure treats are just that –

I LOVE treats. Whether they’re sweet treats or a naughty meal, I enjoy every second of eating them. The thing is, treats can become the norm if we aren’t careful. Since I began following a Slimming World meal plan , I’ve found it much easier to monitor what I east during the day. Their ‘syn’ method of counting the calorific foods we eat is a great way to make sure I’m not over doing it on the high sugar, high fat foods.

Exercise, but not too much –

If you’re eating well, around 30 minutes of exercise each day is healthy. It get’s your blood pumping, increases your fitness levels and makes you feel great. As someone who has been at both ends of the exercise spectrum, I can tell you that too much exercise is unhealthy. In order to look after your long-term health, it’s all about moderation!

Invest in a little self-care –

Stress is one of the most complained about conditions. If you let it get on top of you, it can lead to a whole host of health problems. Lack of sleep, depression, anxiety and over-eating to name but a few. Taking some time out for yourself is the ideal way to reduce your stress levels, before they get too much. Long-term stress can even contribute to heart attacks and strokes, so it’s definitely worth taking some time out before it’s too late.

 

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Four Reasons Why I Cut Alcohol Out of my Life

Four Reasons Why I Cut Alcohol Out of my Life

It’s been nearly a year since I cut alcohol out of my life. At first I stopped drinking as the result of a particularly bad hangover. I’d been out, woken up feeling like death and decided it was time to take a break. The weeks and months went by and I still didn’t feel like drinking. So I decided that actually, I don’t really need to drink at all. It adds no value to my life and I certainly hadn’t missed it when I took a break. So I decided that I would cut the stuff out of my life for good. Do you know something? It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I want to look after my health, long-term –

Ever since having children I’ve become more aware and concerned about the things that can affect my long-term health. I’ve become conscious about what I put into my body, what’s good for me and what’s not. I want to be around for my children for as long as I can and not only that, I want to stay as fit and as healthy as possible for me. Alcohol consumption is related to so many health problems, including high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and breast cancer in women. All of which I want to do my utmost to avoid.

It makes me anxious –

Have you ever woken up after a night out and worried about the things you may have said, or the things you may have done? This was me constantly. I would question my husband the next morning, even if I’d only had one glass of wine. Did I come across OK? Was I rude to anyone? Did I do anything embarrassing or stupid? As an anxious person, I spend a lot of my time in a blur of apprehension. These days, I don’t want to add to that by drinking alcohol.

I can’t stand hangovers –

Maybe it’s my age, but I just can’t stand being ill. Now that I have two children, there’s no way I can stay in bed and sleep off a hangover. I have to be up to entertain the kids, whether I like it or not. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a toddler/hangover combination!

I drank it for the wrong reasons –

One of the most important reasons I decided to give up alcohol, is due to the fact I drank it for the wrong reasons. I would drink to numb anxiety. I would drink at the end of a bad day and I would drink ‘just because’. Then one day it dawned on me that I was probably having bad days, because I was a little hungover. I realised that alcohol only helps with anxiety for a very short time, then it just makes it worse. I couldn’t think of one good reason to carry on drinking, so I stopped.

I have no problem with anyone else drinking, I’ve just learnt the hard way that it’s not for me!

 

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