When I was in my trip in Leyte last June, I made this list to make sure I have something to read and well, to apply in my life as well! I saw this notes in my grandmother's medicine memo. I forgot the source but I think it's from Mercury Drug's pad. ^o^
1. FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
Everyone is beautiful in his or her own way. Celebrate! Pamper yourself. Wear clothes that make you feel good. Believe in yourself and believe that you can do whatever task is at hand. Do something good for someone. A general feeling of goodness is great for you well-being.
2. SQUEEZE IN HEALTHY HABITS DAILY
Do a little something everyday to cut your risk of disease. Walk a little. Cut down on sugar. Eat fruit or a green salad instead of candy or cake. Bend your knees to pick something up. Lift your foot a little off the ground when standing in line; repeat with the other foot. Hug someone. Have a good cry. Eat walnuts before sleeping. Get a new pillow.
3. HAVE A HEARTY BREAKFAST
You need to feed yourself to prepare for the busy day ahead. Remember, it would have been 10-12 hrs since your last meal and your body needs food in the morning more than at any other time.
4. LOVE YOUR SKIN
Treat your skin gently. Avoid hot and long showers or baths. Limit your shower to one 10-minute shower a day. Avoid harsh and strong soaps. Pat your body dry instead of rubbing off vigorously with a towel after baths or washing. Moisturize.
5. FLOSS ONCE A DAY
Remove food debris and plaque in between teeth at least once a day to prevent plaque build-up. Plaque causes tooth decay which can lead to gum disease. Recent studies have shown that clot-forming bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and increase the risk for heart attack or stroke.
6. LIVE YOUR 24 HOURS SENSIBLY
You only have 24 hours daily. Use your time wisely to keep your body and mind healthy and fresh. Here's a simple guide on how to divide your 24 hours; 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work, study or occupation, 1 hour for exercise, 1-2 hours for 3 big and 2 small meals and 5-6 hours of personal time for relaxation, hygiene and relationship-building.
Don't wait for a heart attack to strike. Make the change today. Walking briskly for half an hour 3-4 times a week will make a world of difference in your health.
8. PURIFY THE AIR AROUND YOU
Take control of the air you breathe and spare yourself the risk of getting sick. Get rid of dust mites by frequent washing of bed linens and vacuuming of carpets and furniture. Fix leaking pipes to prevent moist air and molds. Open a window when cooking. Store trash properly. Eat only in one place. Make the air around you at home or at work fresher and purer by putting plants around you - they can filter the air better than a machine. Stop smoking to help purify the air.
9. EAT FRUITS BEFORE MEALS
The best time to eat fruits is when your stomach is empty or before meal. Fruit digest fast and are ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines very quickly. If you eat them after a meal, you make them sit on your eaten food, letting the entire mass of food ferment, producing gas and causing discomfort.
10. KEEP YOUR BLOOD FLOWING
Crossing your legs cuts blood circulation to your lower extremities. To keep the blood flowing, simply place both legs together on the floor. Change position by moving both legs together to one side or crossing your legs loosely at the ankles.
11. FEED YOUR MIND
Read more. Learn new things. Watch less TV. Surround yourself with friends and colleagues who can stimulate your mind. Engage in healthy arguments. Listen to good, relaxing music. Reflect on lessons learned. Meditate. Work puzzles. By educating yourself frequently, you will find that you will feel much more alive.
12. PROTECT YOUR HAIR
Use warm or cool, not hot water on your hair. Don't just use any shampoo; match your shampoo to your hair type. Get a regular haircut to get rid of dull ends and prevent drying of hair. Avoid excessive use of hair products and give your hair a break in between hair treatments.
13. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Look fresh and healthy by getting 8 hours of sleep every night. You need this time to produce and regenerate many essential body substances and to recharge your body. Lack of sleep can make you irritate and moody. It can also affect your memory and emotional response and lessen your ability to innovate, multi-task or make good decision.
14. LIMIT EATING OUT
You do not know what goes into your food - a huge chunk of butter could likely be thrown into your favorite food. Pack your lunch. Limit your food trips and choose wisely where to eat healthy food.
15. TAKE A VACATION
A good vacation can help you reconnect with yourself and get back to feeling your best. You will be less likely to burn out and be more creative, productive and healthier. It can also strengthen your relationships. Improve your job performance and relieve stress in lasting ways.
16. BE KIND TO YOUR EYES
Your windows to the soul deserve your loving care. Give them a break from all the computer or PDA strain by following the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20minutes of screen time, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Keep your eyes moist by directing air vents away from you. Wear UV- protective sunglasses when outdoors. Make sure you're reading or working light is bright enough to prevent eye strain or glare. Eat carrots, dark leafy greens and omega 3 rich foods to nourish your eyes. Don't forget to have regular eye check-ups. With proper care, your eyes will see through your golden years!
17. PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Avoid being under the sun especially between10am and 4pm. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen 30minutes before going out and every 2hours thereafter, or after heavy sweating or after being in the water.
18. LAUGH OFTEN
Laughter is the best medicine. It does not only triggers healthy changes in the body, it is also a great antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Laugh more and ofter. Develop a sense of humor, take yourself less seriously. It is fun. free and easy to use.
19. DRINK WATER
Water is the great panacea. Drinking 8-10 glasses daily flushes down the toxins of the body, boosts the immune system and reduces health risks. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Carry a small bottle around to remind you to drink more. Augment your water intake by eating water-rich foods such as watermelon, lettuce, cucumber and carrots.
20. STAY POSITIVE
Positive people are way healthier and are less likely to stress out. Avoid focusing on worrisome thoughts. Look for the silver lining in negative situations. Think about happy memories and write about your great future life. Smile. Be grateful.