Your MOT self-care checklist!
Book a doctor’s appointment for a general check-up. It’s a good idea to get checked for illnesses such as anemia, diabetes, and thyroid disorders if you have been feeling more tired than normal. Get your blood pressure checked and talk to your doctor about any other concerns you may have including your mental health.
Diet and exercise.
I am not a fan of BMI and diets. However I am a fan of trying to be more healthy. There are many people who are really thin but actually very unhealthy so weight does not need to play such a big factor. What matters is how you feel about your weight and your body.
Even if you just swap out one unhealthy snack each day for a piece of fruit it will make a positive difference over time. So, look at your diet and see if there needs to be any small changes that you can put into place to look and feel more healthier. Be careful not to try too much too soon though!
Be honest with yourself about how much you exercise in a normal week. If you find that you are not moving very much then try to find some ways to move for an extra ten minutes each day. I like to put on some music and dance around the living room! This will not only help with your general health, but it will also make you smile and lift your mood.
Drink more water.
It is recommended that you drink around eight glasses of water a day. If drinking water is something that you struggle with then start off by just drinking one glass a day alongside your normal drinks. Then you can gradually work your way up to eight glasses over time. Add some sugar free squash if you need some flavour as it is better to do this and drink lots of squash than to not drink very much each day as you do not like the taste of water.
Eliminate the bad.
There are many support groups available so contact your GP as a starting point and then they can point you in the right direction. Alternatively, search online and see what is available in your area.
If you feel that you do not have any hobbies then start by taking the time to try different things. Have some fun exploring the things that you most enjoy. At the very least have a long relaxing bath while the children are in bed and read a good book!