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5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Health in 2018

You know, medical science has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few decades, perhaps faster than ever before in history. There are doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, chiropractors, and all sorts of medical professionals out there to help you get healthy and live well. In the end, however, everything starts and ends with you.

It’s your health. It’s your body. It’s entirely up to you to take charge of it and live a good, healthy life that will keep you happy well into your golden years. Fortunately, the steps to do it are not difficult. Discover five things you can do to have better stress management and to improve health overall, so you can live a better, happier and healthier life.

Stress Management

Managing your stress may be the key to all of your health issues. It’s your first line of defense against sickness and disease, whether physical, emotional or mental. Stress is a killer. It’s directly related to heart disease, cancer, depression and a wealth of other problems. For many people, stress management can be as simple as taking five minutes every hour to close your eyes, block out the bad things, and just focus on breathing.

On your lunch break, get out for a ten minute walk in the woods. If you can, take a yoga class or engage in a half hour of meditation daily. Finally, just engage in a hobby. Don’t make excuses why you can’t; make the time, and do it. It’s all about finding time to let the tension go, relax, and engage in stress management.

Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep is essential to your health, and Americans have a critical shortage of sleep. You’ve heard it since you were a kid—get a solid eight hours. For many adults, seven is sufficient, but you need to get it regularly. You have the time—skip those late-night talk shows and hit the sack. Your body will thank you for it.

Stop Eating Out

Eating out is a killer. Sure, we all love a good burger and fries, and who doesn’t enjoy a great sit-down restaurant or buffet? It’s okay to indulge every once in awhile, but when you cook your own food, you’re responsible for what you put into your body, and you can more easily make healthy choices.

Don’t Neglect Your Spirit

We live in an increasingly secular world, a world where being religious is almost publicly derided. That’s led to a critical lapse in spirituality. The problem is, and most psychologists will tell you this, you have to nurture your spirit as well as your mind and body. You don’t have to go to church, and you don’t have to believe in a higher power. But get involved with the community. Reflect on philosophy. Nurture who you are and what you believe.

Consider Chiropractic Care

Many people are shocked at how effective regular visits to the chiropractor can be for your health and wellness. Chiropractors can help you make a whole-body plan for health and wellness, and better methods to improve health. From spinal adjustments to stress management, a chiropractor can be a vital part of taking control of your health. For more information, call ACT Wellness in Woodbridge, VA, today.

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