Written By Sierra Powell / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
You likely know that the cost of health insurance is steadily rising. It would be nice for physicians, healthcare facilities, and insurance companies to work together and come up with ways to give citizens incentives for making healthy choices.
However, chances are we may continue to see rising prices when it comes to paying for the healthcare services we need. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to take control of your health and improve the way you feel.
These simple steps for improving your health in 2021 can give you the energy you need to complete important tasks throughout the day and spend quality time with the people who mean the most to you.
Make Some Home Improvements
Updating features in your home to make you and your family healthier can help you breathe easier and prevent disease. Install furnace filters to keep toxic fumes and debris out of your home. This can be especially helpful if you suffer from allergies or asthma.
It is also important to repair any water damage right away to prevent mold and mildew buildup in your home since exposure to these toxins can lead to serious illness. Small changes like opening the windows more and allowing natural light to shine into your home will brighten your mood and give you more exposure to vitamin D to reduce feelings of depression.
Get Enough Sleep
Try to get one more hour of sleep each night than you usually get. Most adults aren't getting enough rest, and an additional hour can help your body's systems rejuvenate and protect your body from illness. Adequate sleep also slows the aging process and improves your concentration so you can focus on taking on the tasks of the day when you wake up.
Make Healthy Snacks More Accessible
If you tend to grab snacks that are high in sodium and sugar, place healthier snacks in plain view. This will make it easier to choose food that is beneficial for your body. Fill a bowl with fresh fruit and place it in the center of the kitchen cabinet so you'll see it as soon as you walk into the room.
Fill decorative containers with dried fruit, nuts, and vegetable chips so you can create your own trail mix. The easier it is for you to have access to snacks that are good for you, the more likely you are to make better eating choices.
Drink More Water
If you're having a hard time getting enough water throughout the day, try replacing one of your drinks with water every day. You can also carry a water bottle with you that contains markers to let you know how much progress you're making when it comes to staying hydrated. You can also add some fresh lemon and lime wedges, fresh mint, or berries to your water to enhance the flavor.
Take Time to Relax Every Day
Take about 15 minutes a day to relax your mind and body. This can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is important to reduce stress as much as possible throughout the day to lower your chances of heart disease and high blood pressure as well. A yoga routine, meditation, writing in a journal, or reading can help you decompress and keep your mood balanced.
Slow Down When You're Eating
If you have a busy schedule, you likely have to grab a meal on the go most of the time. Being more mindful when you eat and slowing down during a meal will help you enjoy your food, and eating slowly can also reduce your caloric intake. As much as possible, practice mindful eating and enjoy meals with your family so mealtime will be a peaceful and enjoyable occasion.
These helpful tips can make you feel better in just a few days. When you make these habits part of your life, you can improve your well-being for years to come.
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Sierra Powell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing. When she's not writing, she loves to cook, sew, and go hiking with her dogs.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.