I have been walking my hope adventure for six months now and have learnt many things about hope; choosing to adopt a hopeful perspective on life being the primary lesson. One thing I haven’t really focussed on is health. I am far from expert on this subject, but I just wnat to touch on this today.
I think it is easy to view health in terms of great feats such as: running marathons, doing fifteen mile hikes over mountains and so on. But as the excellent Lady D’s site advocates (well worth a visit), it is about simple things, such as diet and exercise.
One of the most underrated things in terms of health is that we need to drink plenty of water. I didn’t pay much heed to this as a young person and it has affected my adult health. So now I try and regularly drink water. In fact as adults we lose our sense of thirst and can often feel hungry when we are in fact thirsty. So drinking regularly helps us concentrate and feel well.
I also take vitamin D, because I don’t often sit out in the sun. Most adults living in the UK probably don’t get enough sunlight, especially in the Winter, so this is something to think about.
And eating a good diet is also important. I try and eat fruit and veg every day and not too much junk food. As I said, this is a hope site, not a health site, but I think looking after our bodies helps us tremendously.
And finally I cannot overestimate rest. Rest for the mind first of all. Sitting and relaxing does us the power of good. And sleep. Going to bed at a reasonable hour. Sitting up until the early hours is okay once in a while, but a regular sleep pattern is definitely of benefit.
Finally, exercise is really essential. ‘Use it or lose it’. I regularly walk over a mile with my 78 year old mum, who is fit as a fiddle. She is always pottering about and loves going on walks with me. I try to walk every day now, sometimes just for 15/20 minutes and sometimes twice a day and I always always feel better afterwards. If you are battling mental illness, this may be hard but if you can force yourself you will feel better for a little walk.
Please share with us your thoughts on these issues. I really appreciate comments and helpful tips from followers. And welcome to recent followers. I hope you enjoy the hope adventure.
Today’s recipe of hope is to do a health inventory. If you are not drinking enough water then start today. If you need a health check up, then speak to your GP. If you want to run a marathon, start training today ( I have written a previous post on this). And do share how you get on.
I am writing about this because I am hopeful of remaining healthy. I am trying to remain well because many people have been ill and died due to coronavirus. I want to take responsibility for my health and wellbeing, during these uncertain times. I think we all have a part to play.
Keep going everyone X