Your Health is Your Wealth
Getting over the hill is something that nobody looks forward to, as everything in the media and advertising targets the young and holds twenty and thirtysomethings as in the fun-loving prime of life. It’s also no surprise to anyone that your definitions of healthy and problems to look out for will change as you age, especially after having children. These take on physical and mental aspects, whether you’re sixteen or sixty.
Whether your ailment is in your mind or your body, if anything feels out of sorts or hurts, identify it as a problem. Try and put it into words, and make an appointment with your GP – even if you think it’s embarrassing, chances are they will have seen worse. At different stages of your life (though the exact ages differ from person to person) there will be other things to look out for and make changes for – a twenty year old will get over a cold faster than a fifty year old; and a very young woman’s health risks will differ greatly from those of a middle-aged woman. If you notice anything new that concerns you, speak to your doctor and they will be able to advise you on treatments or lifestyle changes.
Ask For Help
Nobody can effectively deal with more serious health problems on their own, so make the most of your family and friends and ask for help when you need it. It can hurt your pride to require help doing something that used to be second nature to you, but it’s better in the long run. Likewise, if you are working and you need help doing some tasks or need parts of the environment modified to suit your needs, find out what your employer is legally obliged to do to help you under the Equality Act of 2010.
Develop Healthy Habits
Eating your greens, quitting smoking, and cutting down on drinking are sage pieces of advice from the medical community, and are important at any age. That said, it’s easy to ignore them if you have a way of doing things or it’s hard to integrate these changes into your lifestyle – so take baby steps. Exercising regularly can be as simple as walking to and from work; while ensuring you get your five portions of fruit and vegetables can mean small substitutions when cooking, like adding bulky veg like chickpeas to a stir fry or curry instead of meat one night a week. Having a companion to make these changes with can be a good source of motivation, and helps you to make healthy changes that will serve you well for the future.
Written by: Victoria Clarke. Victoria is a MA graduate in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds. She is a lover and scholar of the English language, and stellar amateur cook. She is currently a Freelance Copywriter.