Many people forget that being healthy is a lifestyle and it is more complex then just exercising and eating right. I made a list of some things we may forget to do everyday. We are all busy and sometimes forget the simplest tasks.
Hygiene: Hygiene is a big category when it comes to being healthy.
1. Brush/Floss Teeth: I know this has been drilled into your heads… but I will admit that even I ONLY occasionally floss(this post is for me too). You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and don’t skimp out on the toothpaste. Also, if you have a manual brush and not electric, that is when flossing becomes even more important. Flossing once a day, before bed preferable, will make a difference in your teeth. With my mom being a dentist, I get this lecture all the time. Flossing will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease such as gingivitis. Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it breaks up and removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline. My dentist tells me that I’m starting to get gingivitis because I don’t floss regularly so that made me want to warn everyone else what may come, I NEED TO START FLOSSING!! It takes 21 days to make a habit so let’s start today!
2. Clip Your Nails: Your nails tell a lot about your health. Their texture, their shape, their color are all key factors. I was going to tell you about it but this video says it all. And don’t find it weird if you are looking at your nails the whole video or trying the tests afterwards… that’s what I did. Your nails can tell you if you have an iron deficiency, melanoma, and problems in your glands. Determining how often to cut your fingernails and toenails is different for everyone. It is recommended to do so regularly, such as once a week. Also, when you trim them, make sure not to leave jagged edges that could catch on clothing and tear the nail. I find it easiest to trim my nails after a shower or bath. The nails become softer after they have been soaking in water and therefore are easier to trim. Furthermore, fingernails grow faster than toenails, and the nails on your middle and ring fingers grow faster than the others. Nails on your dominant hand might also grow faster than those on your other hand so watch for that!
3. Wash Your Hands: I don’t think I have to explain this too deeply but washing your hands regularly is something that NEEDS TO BE DONE! It’s healthy for you and others. No one likes being sick, there’s no time for that, so please wash them. Use warm water and lots of soap. Make sure to scrub for about 20 seconds. Washing your hands is probably one of the healthiest things you can do.
4. Athlete’s Foot: It is a fungal infection that causes a rash on the foot. Wearing shoes without socks increases your chances of contracting the infection. If you are playing sports, I suggest bringing extra socks, extra socks are good to have. That way if you go out afterwards you aren’t stuck wearing your wet, dirty socks.
5. Washing Your Body: This is a VERY GOOD habit to have. Taking showers or baths regularly is a necessity to personal hygiene. Everyday you come in contact with so many germs and bacteria that you should want to shower to get it all off. Also, not showering leaves your skin and hair oily and greasy. This is not a good look or feeling. You will become more susceptible to pimples, zits and other skin problems. Overall, showering leaves you feeling fresh, who doesn’t want that?
Sun Protection: The sun has many harmful rays that damage our skin and eyes.
1. Wear Sunglasses: It doesn’t have to be summertime for the sun to cause damage, even on a cloudy day the sun can do harm. Harmful UV rays bounce off of the ground, water, and snow straight into your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. It doesn’t matter if it is artificial light either because the same risk applies when using tanning beds. Be sure to protect your eyes in any situation, indoor and out. Here are some quick tips when buying a pair of sunglasses:
- Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
- Choose wraparound styles. This prevents sunlight coming in on the sides.
- Don’t be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
2. Wear Sunscreen: I see so many of my friends skip out on the sunscreen when we are out at the beach. I don’t understand why though. They always get the same after effect of burning and peeling. This is not smart. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn). I like to wear a sunscreen that is sweat proof and at least 30 spf. I don’t like spray sunblock because I feel like a lot is wasted when spraying on and it is easy to miss spots. Sunblock is expensive but that doesn’t mean skimp out on it, I definitely don’t want skin cancer and I think that would result in more expenses then just buying some sunblock now. Don’t forget to reapply too. When you are outside from 10 am-4 pm make sure to be reapplying at least every 2 hours. Especially to your face and neck.
3. Wear Chapstick: Seems easy enough but get some chapstick that contains a spf of at least 15. The lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body so you want to keep them moisturized and protected. Cancer of the lip can occur from over exposure to sunlight. This usual occurs in the bottom lip so always keep some chapstick nearby. But it is good to know that cancer of the lip can be adequately treated but still you want to prevent it.
Sleep: I know the amount of sleep needed is different for everyone, but still make sure to give yourself enough time to get the sleep you need.
I need 8 hours for me to be in a good mood and to be at the top of my game. Sleep can effect your body all around. It effects your daily performance, your mood, everything. It’s all connected. Make sure you have a good mattress and pillow that will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Don’t be down about not having the body you want, or not getting the grades you want. Keep working at it. Great things take time. So stay happy, relax, don’t stress over anything for too long because before you know it, everything will be how you want it. You just have to remain positive. Keep reminding yourself to smile… even if you don’t want to. It can drastically change your mood, which influences the outcome of everyday. Most likely if you are in a better mood, you will do more things in less time and do a better job. 🙂