It’s crucial that we all look for ways to be as healthy as possible, and a lot of the time, we’ll find that we need to eat more healthily, exercise more, and drink plenty of water. However, although these are great things and are definitely important, there might be some other ways to add to your level of health that could easily suit your lifestyle and that would give you new and positive habits to use to stay in the best shape. With that in mind, read on to find out what some of these ideas might be – remember, there are plenty more of them, and these are just a few to give you somewhere to start.
Lower The Volume
There’s noise all around us, everywhere we go, and that can become a bit too much sometimes. It’s no wonder, then, that many people use their headphones or earbuds to drown out all that noise and listen to their own music, audiobooks, or podcasts – it’s more interesting, calming, and often comforting too.
The problem is that because the world tends to get noisy, we have to turn the volume up quite a long way to really hear what we want to listen to over and above the things we don’t. This is a major issue because when we consistently expose our ears to high volumes, it can lead to irreversible damage over time; hearing loss is actually a gradual process, and by the time we notice it, the harm might already be done.
Lowering the volume on your headphones can make a big difference and prevent hearing loss – the World Health Organisation even suggests not allowing the volume to go above sixty percent, and it also suggests you should take a break every hour or so to give your ears some rest.
Don’t Wear Underwear
This idea might sound strange or even funny, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first thing a lot of people think of when it comes to ways to be healthier, but not wearing underwear really can make a difference. That’s because when you wear tight underwear for prolonged periods of time, it can create a warm and moist environment which means bacteria can grow more easily. This in turn leads to infections and discomfort, so if going without underwear can stop that from happening, it’s well worth trying.
When you don’t wear underwear, you’re allowing your intimate areas to breathe, reducing the risk of infections and even allowing for better circulation. Of course, there might be situations when ‘going commando’ isn’t practical or even suitable, but if you can do it when you can, you’ll certainly be healthier.
Put Your Phone On Silent
Our smartphones really have become indispensable tools in our daily lives, but they come with a downside (plenty of downsides, actually, but just one that we’ll focus on for this blog); we’re constantly being notified about emails, texts, social media comments and mentions, and news. All of these pings and beeps can be hugely disruptive and stop us from focusing and being productive. Plus, when it comes to our health, always being digitally prodded at to get attention can be terrible for our mental wellness.
Putting your phone on silent, or at least on do not disturb mode, can help you regain control over your life and your mental wellbeing. It’s a simple thing to do, but it means you can focus on things properly again, and you’ll be more productive, which will stop you from getting stressed and anxious. If you think it will help, block out certain times of the day when you can check your notifications, but it’s highly likely none of them will be that important, and over time, you’ll soon stop using your phone so much at all.
Put Your Linens In The Laundry
The state of our bedrooms and the environment we sleep in can have a big impact on that sleep – in other words, if your bedroom isn’t clean and tidy, you won’t sleep well. Interestingly, the simple act of putting your linens in your laundry basket instead of leaving them on the floor (or not changing them much at all) can make a huge difference in how you sleep and your health in general. The thing to remember is that our bed linens accumulate all kinds of things, from skin cells to dust mites, and that doesn’t usually allow for a good night’s sleep.
Regularly washing your bed linens, including sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers, can help a lot, not just because fresh, clean bedding feels more comfortable, but because you’ll also be reducing the risk of allergies and skin irritations caused by dust mites and bacteria. Try to wash your linens at least once every two weeks, or more if you can.