Thank you to Jennifer McGregor of Public Health Library for this informative post about healthy habits beyond fitness and nutrition. Email Jennifer at [email protected] for more information about healthy lifestyle choices. 

Want to look and feel your best? Well, it all starts with the simple everyday habits you use to take better care of your health. Beauty, self-confidence, and wellness are all so closely connected. As such, you need to pay attention to these essential health habits to improve your mood, your appearance, and your overall well-being.


Keeping Your Home Clean Can Help You Stay Emotionally Well

Whether we realize it or not, our minds crave order. When the home becomes cluttered, you can end up feeling like your mind is in the same state. That’s why a clean home is essential to feeling calm and in control of your thoughts and feelings.

Decluttering can increase energy and self-confidence, reduce anxiety, and improve relationships. Getting started might seem challenging, but the results are worth it.

If you’re too overwhelmed to rid your home of dust after decluttering, hire a cleaning service to do the deep cleaning. Average prices vary by location; in Elmhurst, IL, the range is $96-$197.


Maintaining  a Healthy Smile Boosts Your Mental Health

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile, and it turns out your smile can be instrumental in your mental health as well.

Dental health experts have found a cyclical connection between instances of depression and oral health. Poor oral health can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, while feelings of depression can also make it harder to take proper care of your teeth.

You can break free from this cycle and give your confidence a boost by making dental check-ups and oral care, including needed dental repairs and maintenance, a priority.

In-between cleanings and exams, take the necessary daily steps to keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy. Brush thoroughly twice a day, eat a healthy diet, and consider additional care steps, like oil pulling, to keep your smile looking and feeling fresh.


Paying Attention to Your Healthcare Coverage is Vital

It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that healthcare coverage and overall wellness are deeply connected. Even if you feel healthy, you still need to keep your coverage in check if you want to stay on track with annual screenings and preventive treatments.

Aside from addressing health issues, regular health screenings can save your life. For women, this includes pap smears, vaccinations, and mammograms, the frequency of which typically depend on your age and lifestyle.

Make sure you have the right insurance or healthcare coverage to fit your health and wellness needs.

If you are a senior, it’s important to note that Medicare plans can change each year, so you may need to double check your coverage before annual enrollment periods. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that some Medicare Advantage plans offered by companies like Humana allow you more options for dental, vision, and even fitness centers.


Taking Better Care of Your Skin Can Improve Your Health

You may think that investing in oils, serums, and moisturizers for your skin is just a luxury, but in reality, proper skin care can have a major impact on your mental health. Most people find those extra minutes spent cleansing and caring for their skin soothing; plus, you will be helping to boost your self-confidence by boosting skin condition and radiance.

Before you rush out to your local drugstore or cosmetics retailer, be aware of the common toxins that could be lurking in those products. Ingredients like propylene glycol and added fragrances can irritate your skin, and some toxins have been linked to cancer.

Look for more natural beauty and wellness products instead to take better care of your skin, your well-being, and your health.


Improving Your Sleep Enhances Your Beauty and Your Health

Spending a few moments layering oils and serums onto your skin can be a relaxing beauty and wellness move. To help those products sink in, and to improve your health, you also need to spend some moments preparing yourself for better sleep.

Deep, restful sleep is the best way to encourage essential anti-aging processes in your body, including those responsible for repairing your skin, hair, and nails.

Aside from affecting your appearance, poor sleep can also impair your ability to think clearly. After a bad night’s sleep, you may find it hard to focus and make decisions. Several nights of poor sleep quality can even have long-term impacts on your memory and cognition.

To fight these effects, try to make sleep a priority.

How you take care of your skin, as well as your body and mind, can all have an impact on how healthy you look and feel. Don’t overlook the simple self-care and wellness steps that can have a major influence over your health. 

Email Jennifer McGregor of Public Health Library at [email protected] for more information about healthy lifestyle choices. Or, of course, get in touch with us at E-Town Fitness. We’re always happy to help!

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