How to Deter Chronic Illness

Sun, May 24th, 2020

As we grow older, there are certain health issues we simply cannot avoid, depending on our environment during various stages of aging.

However, there are actions you can take now to make your future more positive and bright.

1. Drop the junk food.

It’s no secret that food high in sodium, sugar and saturated fats can wreak havoc on our bodies. Try limiting your junk food portions to one or two meals a week. Instead of a sugary cereal or baked pastry, try a hard-boiled egg or baked sweet potato. Instead of fried food for dinner, try grilled or marinated instead. You can still have flavorful food without the harmful effects of junk foods.

2. Find active hobbies.

Be it gardening, disc golf, hiking, biking or walking around the neighborhood, try different activities to get you moving around. Exercise doesn’t have to be something you do on a treadmill in front of a TV; however, if you enjoy catching up on your favorite shows while using an exercise machine, go for it! The point is to be active and find ways to make it fun for you.

3. Seek emotional wellness.

This can be easier said than done. If you have a stressful career or living situation, improving your mental well-being can mean completely reprioritizing certain sections of your life. You may need to speak with your superiors at work or learn how to say no when you cannot take on any more projects.

Remaining active and eating healthy can also help reduce symptoms related to stress. Hobbies that keep you active will help you sleep better, which will have a domino effect on your emotional wellness. No one expects you to be perfect, but work to remember these three factors as you live your life. Your future self will thank you for it.