Health

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus lockdown

Well 2020 has not been the year we had planned, I don’t think anyone expected weeks of the country and along with the rest of the world being on lockdown. Our year started well with a trip to Finland which was amazing, then 4 weeks later Covid-19 started its trip around the world putting plans on hold for everyone. For some people they are home along struggling to be alone or home schooling children and just generally not

Staying connected

There are so many ways to stay connected, video calls using zoom or house party. Facetime, which is my go too, I have used it a lot to stay in contact with family and friends more over the last few weeks than ever before. Sometimes it’s just sending that little text to to see how someone is doing or just so they know you are thinking about them. It’s those little things that let people you care even during the strangest of times.

Get ready for the day

I found that during the first couple of weeks of lockdown I was wearing comfy clothes and some days I didn’t even get myself or the children dressed. Before long I was feeling a bit meh, it was then I started to make an effort to straighten my hair pop on some make up and add a splash of lip colour and some jewellery. It made me feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong it’s 10am I’m writing this while still in my pj’s but thats ok. I will get dresses and enjoy the day.

Keep healthy

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus

Exercise is great not just for psychical but also for mental health, so heading out each day for a walk with the children and the dogs has been great for all of us. Now I’m not someone who regularly goes to the gym so it hasn’t been something that I have missed, but I can understand that those who use the gym daily will be getting adventurous with new home work outs. There are lots of online workouts you can can choose from.

Keeping our bodies healthy is something we all want, however you really don’t know what is happening unless you get health check-ups. It’s so important for our personal health that you get checks. It could be bloody pressure, allergy checks, STD checks, eye sights or even routine bloods, these are all ways you can make sure your keeping healthy. Also it helps to know what is going on so you can make any necessary changes.

Stay positive

Staying positive during these times isn’t easy for anyone. We all miss our family and friends. When I face-time my 2 year old niece she asks to come to my house to see us and not on the phone, it breaks my heart. Not seeing her for 3 months now means I have missed out so much on watching her grow. However, we all know that making these sacrifices in the short term will be beneficial in the long term. I cannot wait to see our family again, fingers crossed it wont be for too much longer.

gardening for mental health

We have like so many other people been working on our garden, which has been something the whole family has been involved with. We decided to cancel our holiday to France so we have used the money on the garden, we are so pleased to be able to time and money on the garden this year.

I hope that you have been able to stay positive throughout this whole Coronavirus and be able to enjoy having the children at home and spending time as a family unit. Fingers crossed it won’t be to long before some more of the restrictions are removed and we can start to see some family and friends.

Anticipatory Measures to Prevent Hypertension

Hypertension is a condition brought about by the increase in the force of your blood as it flows through your arteries. High blood pressure is often called a ‘silent killer’, as it does not typically show warning signs until it has done a significant amount of damage to the heart and circulatory system. For this reason, many people live with the condition without knowing. Adhering to the cautionary steps below will go a long way in helping you prevent hypertension.

Measures to Prevent Hypertension

Consistent Workouts

Exercising at least three times a week makes your heart stronger and also reduces your blood pressure. Working out does not necessarily mean being an athlete, just two or three hours a week of moderate exercise is fine – following the NHS guidelines on exercise will play a big part in reducing your blood pressure. It also enables you to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is critical even with normal blood pressure as it will help reduce the chances of high blood pressure at old age.

Maintaining a Balanced Diet

You should be careful about what you eat to maintain a healthy body. Keeping a healthy diet helps a lot in managing your blood pressure. Your diet should always include fruits and vegetables. Potassium found in vegetables will assist the body to maintain normal blood pressure. It is equally important to control your consumption of calories, excessive fats, as well as sugar.

Controlling Salt Consumption

Studies have shown that maintaining a low sodium diet helps to reduce blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to avoid processed food to help reduce your salt intake. Additionally, avoid adding salt to already cooked food. In a nutshell, try not to take more than 1500mg of salt a day.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

According to studies, high amounts of alcohol pose a significant danger to your blood pressure. As a result, experts recommend no more than a single drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. It is healthier to avoid drinking altogether.

Keep to a Healthy Weight

Weight plays a big part in the state of your blood pressure. Studies have shown a link between obesity and the likelihood of suffering from hypertension. Individuals with weight issues should consider the different weight loss regimes that work to normalise their blood pressure. Those with a healthy weight should employ cautionary measures to ensure they don’t add on weight. Experts suggest that you strive to maintain a healthy body mass index. It makes sense to focus on a consistent workout, proper nutrition,  and getting plenty of sleep to help maintain healthy blood pressure no matter your weight.

Avoid Stress

Stress also contributes to an increase in blood pressure. It is crucial to master the skills of stress management as it might be unavoidable. This helps better control your emotional and physical health which in turn enables you to maintain normal blood pressure.

Visiting the Doctor Consistently

It is crucial to visit a doctor a few times a year for checkups, whether sick or not. Hypertension can affect the human body with no visible symptoms. It is, therefore, wise to have your blood pressure checked regularly. In case you have stage 1 hypertension, be sure to take any medication recommended by the doctor and strive to see them at least once every month until your blood pressure normalises and. If other health issues are involved, it is advisable to visit your physicians more frequently so that they can monitor your progress and advise you on the way forward. The information you acquire will also help you come up with a plan on a diet.

With that in mind, you can now easily accept this condition and work towards eliminating it. Ensuring self-discipline while employing the above steps in your daily life will help you lead a life free of hypertension, therefore, avoiding any serious complications.

First Aid Kits….. do you have one?

Having a young family is such a wonderful thing, full of love, laughter and adventure. With that comes the bumps and cuts that children seem to pick up in the strangest of places.

first aid kit

When I had my son 10 years ago, I did a first aid course for babies and children. I wanted to make sure that I was equipped with the knowledge of how to deal with any medical emergencies if they came up. In work I was on of the first aiders so was regularly trained in first aid but it was focused around adults so I wanted to do something for children and babies as little bodies did some slightly different care.

As with most mums I carry around a few plasters in my bag, often they don’t need a plaster but it’s like a little miracle cure. Suddenly the crying and upset has all gone with the addition of a plaster. I also have sachets of calpol in my hand bag and you never know when you need it.

At home we have quite a large first aid kit, medicines, plasters, bandages, sling, saline water, safety pins and sticky tape. I think there might be eye patches in there as well. We also have one for our dogs, believe it or not they have had a few dumps and eye problems that we keep a kit of items for the dogs as well.

Car first aid kits

Since doing my first aid courses, I understood the importance of carrying a car first aid kit like these onlineCARPARTS.co.uk at all times. So I invested in car first aid kits for both of the cars. We keep them in the boot but they are accessible if they are ever needed. I do get a lot of headaches so I make sure there are painkillers in my car so I can take them if needed.

Although I really hope that I never have to use the kits, I have them ready. Just make sure you check the dates on items in it as things do have used by dates. Although I guess using plaster after its used by date is better than not having one to use.

Do you keep a first aid kit in your car or just in your house?