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Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Live By

By Rachel Shouse

Evaluating your lifestyle might seem scary to some people. If you know you have some not-so-great habits you may feel a bit inhibited when discussing topics such as these. In order to help reduce your risk for multiple diseases and conditions, these are some tips that everyone who's able should be doing. It's important to keep a close eye on your relationship health, mental, and physical health.

How to Evaluate Your Relationship Health

You may not be fully aware of how much your relationships have an effect on you. Statistically, you are the median of the five people closest to you. So, the people you live with, the people you hang out with on the weekends, or even your very best friend, all have an impact on you. 

You may notice that you don't behave the way you'd like when you're around them, you may feel like the relationship is causing you too much stress. Regardless of the reason, it's OK to drop some relationships in order to protect you and your mental health. Some may try to make you feel guilty, which is unfortunate but very common. Remember that you matter too.

Keeping a Close Eye on Your Mental Health

It's important to regularly evaluate how you're feeling. That may seem silly, but it's true. Sometimes life gets so busy that you're not checking on your own feelings and well-being. Unfortunately, that problem is rather common.

Take a half an hour per day to get some alone time if you can. If you can't, try your best to find a way to spend 30 minutes per day doing what you want or you could spend the time checking in on yourself. Are you stressed? Is it overwhelming? Do you feel teary rather often? All of these are a great place to start.

Evaluate Your Physical Activity

How often do you get some good exercise? Doctors recommend that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. While walking is great, it may not get everyone's heart rate high enough so be sure to be keeping track of that. It would be a bummer to take that time and gain nothing from it. 

If you're struggling to find an exercise routine that works for you, remember that you could work out for an hour three or four days per week. Make it work for your routine and schedule, but don't forget to mix it up. Life is stressful, no need for it to be bland and boring as well.

While all of this is good advice, you know yourself best. Listen to how your mind is doing and how you feel physically. Being mindful of these areas may make it easier and faster to detect a real problem. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elgin, Ill.

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