The recent news that operations are now facing a two-year waiting list, means that now, more than ever, we need to start looking at prevention.
As you know, here at Shefford Osteopathic Clinic we are not just about clicking and crunching your back. We look at the whole of you and your body, which includes your lifestyle. Here are our top tips for taking care of you:
1. Love friends and family
Our social network boosts our mental and physical well-being. Research suggests people with strong ties to friends and family live longer than those who don’t.
2. Love nature
Fresh air and being outside have been shown to boost your mood, not to mention the physical benefits of outdoor activities. Read our article for more details about this.
3. Love movement
Move every day. The NHS advises 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. This works out to about 20 minutes per day. Here are some helpful tips to get out of that chair
4. Love rest
Physical and mental. The benefits of meditation, prayer and thoughtfulness have been well researched. For more information about the different types of rest have a look at our article.
5. Love food
It’s important to think about your food. Eat a balanced diet, one that is full of the colours of the rainbow. Get your ‘5-a-day’ of fruits or vegetables, remembering your needs fibre too. Limit your intake of salt and sugar.
6. Love sleep
Get enough sleep, about 8 hours.
7. Love YOURSELF!
Sometimes we are so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self-care matters. It’s important carve out some time to practice self-care – some time for YOU! Read our 15 ideas that you can try.
At Shefford Osteopathic Clinic, we help you to keep enjoying your hobbies and sports by taking care of your body. We aim to alleviate pain and optimise your mobility. As well as helping you to feel fitter and enjoy life more, our team can also offer lifestyle advice to support your self-care goals.
This article is by Jo Hudson, an osteopath within our clinic team.