The Top 7 Ways to Treat Your Body
Our bodies are lovely things, aren’t they? They do a lot for us. Keeping alive is probably the main one, but we are lucky enough to be able to experience the world around us thanks to being placed into a body that has allowed us to do so.
So what can we do to say thank you? We know the things that our body likes (or that our brain tells us it likes … chocolate, alcohol, fast food…), but we may not necessarily know what is good for it. More and more of us are learning how to treat our bodies with the respect it deserves and are indulging in exercising and diet changes amongst other things, but these aren’t necessarily the most important things that you need to focus on.
Nod Your Head
What’s inside your head counts for as much, if not more, as what is on the outside. Listen to your thoughts and feelings and use them as guidance to assess your own mental health, if you are able. Consider going to see a therapist, even if things aren’t truly getting on top of you, just to hash things out and explain everything that you have going on in your mind. It’s good to talk and the stigma attached to telling somebody your feelings, whether you’re paying them or not, is too great and needs to be broken down into becoming something more acceptable. Don’t focus too much on what everybody else is thinking; just know what you need to do to get yourself back on track. It could help with so much.
Give Us A Wink
Your eyes are one of the most important of the five senses that you possess. They help to guide you, to balance you, to get your imagination working and help your other senses to work together to keep you safe and provide other stimulatory experiences. Book yourself in at least once every year for an appointment with your optician or ophthalmologist to check that your peepers are working as they should.
If you need glasses or lenses, invest in ones that will last you and remember to wear them at all times that you have been recommended to; otherwise this could further and worsen any conditions that you have. Remember to give your eyes a break; you can do this by stepping away from technology. There is no app that will help your eyes to get better, but a good dose of sleep and not focusing on any one thing in particular will. It’s hard to do, especially as so many of us are addicted to the new gadgets that we have around us, but is imperative should we wish to increase the longevity of our eyes.
Grin and Bear It
Your teeth don’t just make up your smile – they are such important features of our day to day life. They help us to speak, are obviously great at doing their job to assist us with eating and are brilliant at doubling up for other uses too (although maybe you shouldn’t be using them as your own built-in bottle opener). Like with the appointments for your eyes, book in every 6 months for an appointment with your dentist. If you know that your teeth require further looking at that are beyond the capabilities of a dentist, or you have been recommended by your dentist to do so, then look up a good orthodontist to visit to get your gnashers looking great again. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience – they’re there to help you!
Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day (it is recommended to brush after every meal but not many of us carry a toothbrush around to do so – hey, maybe this is something that we can try out for future reference?) and use a good mouthwash to take out any further debris. Interdental toothbrushes are available as an alternative to floss, but either are good for getting hard to reach bits clean and making sure that we have done a thorough job by getting in between our teeth.
Your fingers take a lot of strain, especially in this digital age where we are using our digits to navigate ourselves around pieces of technology and gadgets such as laptops and smartphones. Going for a manicure to give them the TLC they deserve is something that should be undertaken a lot more often than you are currently doing – and that’s no excuse. The hand massages that often accompany a manicure are great for your skin and circulation. Try to carry hand cream around with you as a force of habit and work it into your daily routine that you are moisturizing them as to stop them from getting dry and cracking.
It’ll also help to prevent things such as eczema flaring up; if you keep the skin safe and moisturized then other things will have less of a chance to develop on the surface. Try not to crack your knuckles often and keep your hands away from corrosive products like bleach and other harsh chemicals to preserve the freshness and mobility of your hands. You use them for a whole lot more than you realize, and it can be hard to bring them back to their former glory days if you don’t give them the attention they deserve when you notice things such as the aforementioned going wrong.
You may not have ever given your knees a second thought as one of the body parts that need some extra attention. You’d be forgiven; they’re easily forgotten about, aren’t they? They’re just sort of floating in the middle of your leg and don’t appear to do much to benefit you. However, you’d be wrong to think that they aren’t good at the job that they are doing. Knees take a lot of strain, including pressure from walking and the weight that they are carrying. We first learn to properly move on our knees, and they help us from when we are babies crawling around right up to our last moments walking. Try sitting down with some ice on top to alleviate any pains that you may be feeling, and try and keep any unnecessary pressures off it. This includes increasing your activity levels with no prior warmups or doing heavy lifting using just your knees for support (which is
We first learn to properly move on our knees, and they help us from when we are babies crawling around right up to our last moments walking. Try sitting down with some ice on top to alleviate any pains that you may be feeling, and try and keep any unnecessary pressures off it. This includes increasing your activity levels with no prior warmups or doing heavy lifting using just your knees for support (which is definitely not recommended).
Learn to Listen
Your ears are brilliant pieces of kit. They work with our eyes to keep us balanced and let us listen to our surroundings, whether we want to or not. Without our ears we wouldn’t be able to enjoy music, show off our personal styles with piercings or be able to fully assess our safety when out and about. Treat your ears by listening to music at an appropriate level, and taking any necessary extras to live music events or places of work that have loud noises around. This may seem like a bit of a pedantic thing to do – who takes earbuds to a gig, right? – but it will be preserving your eardrums for your future. The side-effects of listening to something which is a few decibels louder than it should include temporary deafness and tinnitus; these are not nice conditions to be going on with.
Don’t try and treat your ears by cleaning them out with cotton buds, ear candles to extract the wax or any other method unless you yourself are a trained professional and know what you’re doing. If you do need your ears looking at, go and see a doctor for a full assessment; they’re too delicate to mess about with.
Sniff it Out
Ahh, the nose. Our sense of smell is such an amazing thing. Not only can it tell you if something is going to be good or bad for you, but it has the ability to transport you through time and land you back with the memories that you created when you last smelled a scent. It sounds like something that belongs in Harry Potter, but it’s true – it’s one of the best ways you can remember something.
The best way that you can treat your nose is to stop picking at it; don’t try and act like you have never done it or it is a disgusting thing to do, as you are more likely to be one of the whopping 91% of people who confess to picking their nose. If you use a humidifier and keep yourself well wrapped up and warm during the winter then you are less likely to develop a cold and have all the symptoms associated with it, which includes a sore nose. For the more personal touch to treating your nose, get some nice scented candles and light them in your house, or plug in an air freshener to keep your smell senses delighted. It’s more of a treat for you, but just say that you’re treating your nose and stick to it.
I hope these 7 tips help you to treat your body better!