7th April is World Health Day. Being in the health and wellness industry, we want to help in any way we can and we felt it was something to share.
Quite often, we can get caught up in a busy world. Working, looking after others, being available to demanding technologies, and so on. Time passes and we may not notice that we've not been giving as much care and time for ourselves. It can be hard work trying to find time to switch off, take time out, time for exercise, to get out in the open, and prepare healthy foods. Plus, the pressure to do all this may feel strong.
The problem is that if we don't make time for ourselves, it can eventually cause more stress and concerns for us in the long run.
So, how can we ensure we make time for ourselves and keep in ourselves in check?
- Habits - One of the easiest ways to do this is to create habits. Have a think on what areas you would like to improve or change and start setting a routine. Could you have a set exercise routine first thing in the morning or gym days/classes? Prepare meals of an evening? Have a set no-phone time, quiet time, or reading time? Keep water on your desk at work and start the morning with a hot lemon water? Cut down on caffeine?
- Do not feel guilty - Don't feel bad about taking time out for yourself, the most important thing is to check you are in a good way first, this ensures you are more balanced in order to help and support others.
- Speak up - It's ok to ask for help and advice. Speak to someone if you feel like you need any further help.
The theme for World Health Day this year is depression. 'A common mental disorder that is increasing worldwide. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%. Close to 10% of the world’s population is affected by one or both of these conditions. Depression increases the risk of other noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Yet, it is also something that can be prevented and treated.' (www.who.int). Therefore, it's something we need to be speaking about more. It's something that can affect anyone at any age, and something many of us have experienced, to a degree, at some point in our lives. If this could also be a concern, then be honest with yourself, and speak to someone you can trust.
Let's get talking. Support and promote World Health Day yourself.