The continuing rise of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic disorders means that we need to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, and to remember that prevention is better than cure. Write down the main thing you’d like to do to get healthy yourself. It could be giving up smoking, sleeping more regularly, losing a bit of weight, or even just being more physically active. Weight gain is a common side-effect of some medications for Schizophrenia and related conditions, and this can be associated with a number of physical health problems. Working towards a healthy weight and waist size is a good idea for lots of reasons therefore.
Each week, SEE for Yourself will post the Healthy Monday challenge in the daily announcements and CHEW’s peer health educators will be somewhere on campus with tips and giveaways. At the Y, we work with community leaders to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all of the places where people live, work, learn and play.
Getting healthy isn’t about feeling guilty. If you do have slip-ups, don’t waste time telling yourself that you’re hopeless. Guilt won’t help you get healthy. Concentrate instead on the progress you’ve already made, and on getting back into your new habit. Even cutting back a little can help; each additional hour you watch increases your overall risk of dying by 11% and dying from heart disease by 18%.
A good atmosphere for a healthy lifestyle includes being around other people that have the same drive to be healthy, not around those that encourage unhealthy behaviors. Also, maintaining a clean house (especially kitchen) will make you feel like you’re more in control of your life and thus will help you lead a better life. Last but not least, remember that health is not a destination but a journey, so you must always be working towards a healthier body and life.
The SANE Healthy Living DVD Kit is available for purchase. It features people who’ve experienced mental illness talking about what has helped them live a healthier life. It also explains the benefits of being physically healthy, giving tips on how to overcome obstacles and find support. Join Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella as she makes it easy to see how eating well can make a big difference toÂ your health.