By Bunmi Sofola
Give yourself a general review of the day’s activities before you go to bed. “It’s the most valuable thing you can do for your emotional well-being,” says Jane Alexander, health expert and author of The Overload Solution. Each night, before you sleep, try to think of 10 events or actions that happened during the day for which you’re grateful. They could be as simple as a visitor arriving on time, or a hug from your child.
- Do a good deed: Leave a loving text on your partner’s phone, make a herbal tea for a stressed colleague or let someone off the bus before you. Researchers from University of Essex found that doing something nice, however small, can make you happy as well as the recipient. Take a break: Whether it’s a foreign holiday, a weekend in your village or an afternoon shopping, experts say a break from your normal routine can do wonders for your well-being.
- Test your eyes: Every two years is the experts advice for most people. As well as assessing sight, optometrists test for conditions such as glaucoma and even diabetes, both of which can cause blindness if left unchecked. Taking the antioxidant, lutein daily can also help keep your eyes healthy.
- * Make Love! Yes! Yes! Yes! For a fantantic time and a great work-out, but also to stay youthful.
Clinical neuro psychologist, Dr. David Weeks conducted a ID-year study of thousands of men and women and found that sex within a loving relationship was key to looking and feeling younger. So what are you waiting for?
* Keep an eye on your blood pressure: It only takes a couple of minutes, it’s painless, and may save your life. It’s vital as high blood pressure contributes to heart attacks and strokes, but it’s usually symptom-free. If you have high blood pressure, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables containing potassium, which has been shown to lower blood pressure levels, or you could take a potassium supplement.
* Enjoy yourself without guilt: Doctor’s orders, “Relaxing or enjoying yourself is not self-indulgent”, says Dr. Rob Hicks, author of control your Blood Pressure. It simply means contributors to poor health, such as smoking, unhealthy diets, too much alcohol and a lack of exercise are considerably reduced.