Understanding the parts of your life that require change is the first step in the process of improving your health. We use the term health here in the broadest sense because the issues we are going to discuss will address both physical and mental health problems that you should be aware of. We are going to look at different parts of life that can create negative patterns of behavior, feelings, and wellbeing. As well as that we are going to suggest ways to introduce a healthier lifestyle and take the previously mentioned first steps.
The first thing that we are going to look at is the role of your working life on your general health. For some people, their career is a positive influence on their life but for many people that is not the case. In fact, over half of the population would consider themselves to be unhappy with their employment. For those people that negativity will be having a profound effect on the way they live their life and their health. So with that in mind, we are going to look at some of the ways you can make changes to improve your career outlook and even some steps to changing your current job.
With most professions, there is a level of education that is required to be considered for the role. Now, there are many ways to approach educating yourself and improving your resume with skills and qualifications. One of the most popular routes to take is by getting a degree in your chosen field, whether this is your first time using the college system or a return to this setup. However, a major issue for many people when it comes to considering a degree is that it can be quite a time-consuming exercise and that may not be something that you have in abundance.
Thanks to advancements in technology over the past few decades, you can now gain a degree or similar qualification from a reputable online institution with just a computer and internet connection. A lot of these courses allow you to work through a degree in both full-time and part-time settings, so you can build your course around a schedule that suits your needs. That being said, a degree isn’t the right route for everyone to explore but you might still want to improve your education. Well, you might want to consider making the most of other online options such as LinkedIn Learning that will give you core strengths in many areas that will assist you in improving your career outlook.
Remember, the aim of any education that you pursue is to improve your employment opportunities. Make sure that the skills and qualifications you are developing will suit the industry you wish to enter into.
Some people already have qualifications or skills that they want to make the most of, but it is all too easy to find yourself in an industry that doesn’t meet those dreams. That is where freelance work can be of huge benefit to you. Once again we are going to refer to the positive influence on the working world that the internet has had. Thanks to websites such as Fiverr and Upwork, you can promote your skills to members of the public and businesses that are looking for ad-hoc jobs to be fulfilled. Some people might think that freelance opportunities are only for writers and artists, and while those skills are in high-demand there are great opportunities for a broad range of abilities.
The digital landscape is changing the way people work in so many ways, such as the growth of app-based work like Uber and Deliveroo. If you are someone who wants to adapt their work to a more nuanced schedule, then utilising applications like Uber to become a private hire driver might be a great option for you. Likewise there are apps that will assist you in industries such as personal training and accountancy. You just need to take the time to research the options that are open to you and take the plunge.
The most important thing to remember when considering how your career is impacting your life is that you don’t have to stay put. There options out there to explore, so get looking.
We started by talking about employment because it can often be a catalyst to other problems in life, as we said there is a large proportion of society who are categorised as unhappy in their work. However, there are important other factors that we should consider when thinking about living a healthier lifestyle. There are changes that we should all consider making such as to diet and habits that need addressing but can be incredibly tricky to confront.
Mental health is a challenging thing to discuss, but by not focussing on what you need to to get help you could end up causing yourself more damage than you otherwise intend. Quite often there are negative habits that can form and you don’t have to be too far down the rabbit hole for them to need looking into. Any habit you develop, whether in response to feelings of depression and anxiety, or just through repetitive behavior can be something that you should address. We looked at the positive influence of technology on those seeking alternative employment opportunities, now it is time to acknowledge the positives of the digital world on lifestyle changes.
Thanks to the internet it is easier now than ever before the do your research and look into getting help in almost any area. For people who are concerned about weight gain, there are people online who specialise in providing accurate dietary advice rather than recommending fad diets, and organisations that help with things like men’s sober living are within reach in a way they once simply weren’t. Looking into these issues and help doesn’t have to be a reflection of something going wrong for you, but rather a sign that you could make changes to lead a healthier lifestyle.
We have looked at length at some of the things that you might need to address and it is now time to consider one aspect of life that can help you make large strides towards improvement. Exercise is one of the things in life that we all need to do, but with all honesty we could all be doing it better or more.
We have discussed mental health, and exercise is something that can considerably help you in your battle to improve in this part of life. Being active releases chemicals known as endorphins and serotonin that work to reduce pain and stress, while altering your mood and improving sleep. So let’s take a look at the key questions that come up when exercise is discussed to make positive changes.
- How Often?
Time is one of those things that it seems like we have an endless supply of it but suddenly when you need some there is very little to find. That is why exercise can often be put on the backburner in favour of other parts of life. However, the Mayo Clinic recommends that we get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise and three days of strength training per week. So you only need to find three hours out of 168 to improve our health through exercise.
- What Exercise?
To answer what exercise we will refer back to the previous questions and the suggestion of aerobic and strength training. The former relates to any type of workout that gets your cardiovascular muscles working and increases the levels of oxygen you are taking in through activity. Some of the workouts include running, cycling, swimming, and briskly walking.
For strength training you should look at the kind of fitness plans that use resistance to induce muscular contraction. The aim with exercises such as push-ups, squats, planking, and lunges is to improve your skeletal muscle and strength.
Both of the types of exercise groups that we have discussed above can be done pretty much anywhere. There are of course two main options that people will take a look at when it comes to a location for working out, in a gym and at home.
Being a facility that is specifically built with fitness in mind is, of course, going to be high up on any list of ideal workout places. You will find a gym to have more equipment than you could have ever imagined, meaning your aerobic and strength training will be completed using high-end faculties. However, attending a gym isn’t ideal for everyone and that is why some people will choose to stay home. You can buy yourself some equipment to make the most of your plans, or just get involved in a yoga DVD to get fitness flowing through your body.
There is one final option that you can explore which can be used to complement both the gym and at home fitness, and that is outdoors. Using public parks and side paths you can run, cycle, and do pretty much any aerobic exercise as you build up your fitness and reach your exercise goals.