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5 easy ways to boost your health

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 5 easy ways to boost your health

Plus it’s never too late,  and you are never too old to do it!

let’s be honest, the events of the last 12 months have really been enough to challenge the mental and physical health of all of us. Here are some very simple ways to boost your wellbeing and help you feel better.

Hydration

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  • Drink more water, good hydration improves our overall health. If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. If you do not like water, then sugar-free squash or flavoured water are healthy alternatives. Tea and coffee are known for their diuretic qualities ( they make you need to pee) but better than not drinking enough. Aim for 2 litres per day which during Winter months you may find difficult. I know I do!

Sleep

  • Sleep more. Good restorative sleep is vital to our health. Try to keep your bedroom cool under 18 degrees as this is a good temperature to promote good sleep. If you do use a mobile phone or iPad, don’t use it in bed as the ‘blue’ light from the screen often wakes people up. Try reading a book or listening to some calming music or audiobooks.

 

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Smile

  • SMILE more! A smile releases serotonin the feel-good chemical in our brains. Even if you feel you have little or nothing to smile about, just try the action of smiling. Even this can make you feel better. In the days of lockdown when we have no visitors and limited company, we have fewer reasons and fewer people to share a smile with. Just pretend!

this image shows a lovely baby with a huge grin

Exercise

  • Get some more exercise. Exercise is known to be good for the mind and body and will increase circulation and all-round well being. A little exercise is better than nothing and there is a range of exercises that can be done from an armchair, no need to be putting on the lycra unless you want to.

this image show the book Rosies armchair exercises

Rosie’s armchair exercises is a book packed full of just what the title says, armchair exercises, ideal to keep someone moving when they are less active or a little less well balanced on their feet.

this image shows an elderly lady exercising with hand weights

Sunshine

Get a little sunshine. It is needed for the production of Vitamin D. Difficult in the winter months and lockdown but the sun really is the best way to get your daily dose of this important element. Plus the sun always makes people feel happier.

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Fresh and Fibre.

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. As people age and cooking becomes a chore they tend to eat a diet containing less fresh fruit and veg. Essential for vitamins and minerals as well as a great source of well-needed fibre more is needed. Adding pure smoothies to an elderly persons’ diet always helps. Frozen veggies are also an excellent alternative.

this image shows a heart made from fruit and veg

 

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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