With the summer holiday being here, it must be very easy to spend most of your time ‘resting.’ Don’t get me wrong…getting rest is very important, especially after a long session of school and hard work. However, sitting around watching tv, playing games, eating and sleeping excessively will have some negative effects on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Not having school or work to keep you occupied can leave you bored and idle, but there are many things to do to keep yourself busy, and you can check out some ideas here. While doing things to keep yourself busy, you should also remember to keep your health A-OK.
Not sure where to start from? Here are some tips to stay healthy, from Family Health Centers :
- Drink enough water: The human body is made up of approximately 60% water. This is in the form of bodily fluids that help our bodies to perform different necessary functions. Having enough water on our bodies prevents dehydration, energises our muscles and keeps our skin looking fresh. Try to drink a lot of water everyday, and not just when you’re having a meal.
- Eat foods with sufficient nutrients: Having meals with all the necessary nutrients will keep you healthy. Your body needs some nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D, Potassium, Iron and Fibre. These nutrients will build your body and bones, keep your blood pressure at a good level, strengthen you and aid growth. Having too much fattening and sugary foods can be bad for your health, so the key here is to try and balance the foods that you eat.
- Get some exercise: Engaging in physical activity keeps you fit and healthy. Exercise stretches and strengthens the muscles and bones and even reduces the risk of getting diseases. Sitting or lying down for hours without any exercise can be damaging to your health, so you can always try getting some stretches or doing some aerobics. Moreover, exercise can also help with mental wellbeing because it helps with brain function and memory, and can limit anxiety/depression.
- Reduce screen time: The digital age that we’re in gives us access to devices that are connected to the internet. While the internet and online space have many benefits, spending too much time on devices can harm our mental and sometimes, physical health. Spending too much time behind screens can affect sleep and rest, and this will eventually affect physical health. Also, the disadvantages that come with the digital age can be damaging to the mental and psychological being. It helps to set a time everyday when you stop using digital devices, and try to stick to the routine.
- Spend more time with family and friends: In line with reducing screen time, spending quality time with your family and friends can be very fulfilling and wholesome. Have nice chats, play games, and get to know each other more…it’s a win-win for everyone!
Keeping yourself healthy should never feel like a chore. When you’re healthy, you’ll know and your body will thank you for it.