There is so much to consider when it comes to your health. There’s your physical health, mental health, diet, exercise, work-life balance, longevity, etc. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin when thinking about life’s common health concerns and how to treat them. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. There are many simple tips and tricks you can learn to help take care of the many little health issues that can arise throughout our lives. Things like:
Lack of Sleep
Not getting enough sleep is a problem many people face throughout their lives. You might have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting a satisfying enough sleep, but regardless of the manifestation, the issues that can stem from this all-too-common problem are numerous and can be quite serious. Sleep deprivation can lead to all sorts of major health risks like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and/or diabetes. Of course, your day-to-day life is also sure to be affected by increased levels of fatigue, irritability, and impatience. For these reasons, a lack of sleep can be one of the most detrimental health concerns affecting the population at large.
So, what can you do to fix the problem? Well, there are actually many ways you can address difficulties sleeping. You can start with the more practical approaches of getting blackout curtains, sleep gummies, specifically designed mattresses and pillows, or even sleep apps that monitor your sleep patterns and key, personal details. You can also alter some of your habits and behaviors in and around bedtime. Avoiding rigorous exercise or the use of screens right before bed and setting and maintaining a consistent routine for sleep/wake times can really train the body to recognize a distinct switch from day to night, allowing for a quicker signalling of the brain’s sleep chemicals.
Headaches are another health concern that affects large numbers of people. Unfortunately, headaches are caused by a number of different factors, including tension, climate changes, genetics, etc. With all the variety involved both in the various causes and in the severity and location of symptoms, headaches can also be a little tricky to narrow down and ultimately treat. When diagnosing a headache there are a few key factors to note in regards to the pain that you feel, namely: severity, location, and duration. These are the details that will help you to decide what type of headache you have and more importantly what you can do to treat it.
If you have a dull headache that seems to affect both sides of your head equally, especially near the temples, you likely have a tension headache. These headaches can be treated with over the counter medication or massage and warm compresses. If your headache is concentrated in the front of the head and face with a sensation of pressure or fullness, you likely have a sinus headache and might be affected by allergies or another illness. If you have a long-lasting headache that you cannot localize, you might be having a problem with low barometric pressure or dehydration. Drinking more fluids is a simple way to combat these, and even prevent the onset of future headaches.
In addition to headaches, many people suffer from chronic muscle pain. Whether it’s from an old injury or due to increased or constant use of certain muscle groups, muscle pain is a health concern to look out for. Muscle pain can be a side effect in and of itself, which might lead you to find other, underlying health concerns such as stress, nutritional deficiencies, or even hereditary conditions. Or they might be the cause of subsequent problems, like sleep deprivation or poor posture. It is important to be sure that the pain you’re feeling is in fact muscle-related and not related to nerves or bones/ligaments, which require different, often more serious treatments.
One of the best things you can do for sore muscles is to rest and elevate the muscles in question. Muscle tissue is highly regenerative, but it takes time and energy for your body to restore itself, so you can help by giving it that opportunity and not overusing or overextending your muscles. You might also find that gentle massaging or stretching can help the area in addition to alternating between a hot and cold pack. These techniques can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the area. Pain relief balms or creams are also a great option as far as topical treatments go. Of course, over the counter pain relievers are also a possibility.
Another area for concern with regards to your overall wellness is your mental health. These days the stigmas associated with mental health disorders are less and less pronounced, and medical professionals are urging people to take early warning signs seriously when it comes to conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. The brain is a very complicated organ with an abundance of complex processes that scientists are still in the process of studying and explaining. It is for this reason that mental health issues can be some of the most difficult to recognize and to treat, but there are a few key actions you should take if you suspect a problem.
First, you should know that the vast majority of mental health issues do not go away on their own, and they can be incredibly tricky to self-diagnose, let alone treat. If you suspect that something has changed in regards to your mental health, the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They will have the tools that you need to properly diagnose and begin to treat the issue or issues at hand. In regards to mental health upkeep, it is also extremely important to pay close attention to your diet and exercise as these both play a key role in how you feel mentally as well as physically.
One last health concern that might not be on your radar is the occurrence of blood clots. A blood clot refers to a semi-solid collection of blood cells that can accumulate in your arteries and potentially block the flow of blood from one part of the body to another. More serious blood clots result in strokes or heart attacks, but even minor blood clots can have negative effects such as deep vein thrombosis or varicose veins. Because blood clots can have such drastic effects on the body, they are something which shouldn’t be taken lightly, particularly if you have a family history of clotting issues or have had a recent procedure or operation.
When considering blood clots as a potential concern, prevention should be discussed as much as treatment. If you have had an operation or even a recent injury, you need to be on the lookout for clotting issues as you have a much higher risk due to your body’s repair mechanisms and your decreased mobility. Wearing compression socks after surgery can be a big help in lowering your chances for unwanted clotting. Making sure to follow all the recommendations made by your healthcare team, for example changing positions often, completing the necessary rehabilitation/recovery exercises, etc. is also key to avoiding this possible health concern.
Looking after yourself and maintaining your health is really a fulltime job, so it can definitely be helpful to know what con