3 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Wondering how to kickstart your healthy lifestyle in Redditch, Wirral and Middlesbrough?

We know it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to make positive lifestyle changes. This can be in relation to food and exercise, as well as regarding habits such as smoking. However – Knights Pharmacy is here to help! Our helpful guide, along with our wide variety of services, will help you kickstart your healthy lifestyle in Redditch, Wirral and Middlesbrough.

1.   Try and get outside where you can

This week (10-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness week; it encapsulates small changes you can make to incorporate positive habits into your everyday life. As shown within the video above, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is nature, which coincides with May being National Walking Month.

Four in 10 people comment that being close to nature has a positive impact on their anxiety and overall emotional state. Nature itself cannot wholly replace any existing need for clinical support, such as counselling or medication; it is important to reach out if you feel like you are struggling, and you should never feel embarrassed to do so. However, placing yourself in an alternative, more tranquil environment helps to promote mindfulness. According to the NHS, mindfulness helps to actively situate you in the present moment, and helps you to understand your thought processes.

If you are unable to go outside often, why not bring nature to you? The responsibility of owning a plant, for example, can help distract you from any intrusive thoughts. Plants also serve to provide a small (but by no means insignificant) purpose or goal to adhere to and fulfill.

If you require any further support or advice, feel free to email us and we will be happy to direct you to further support and resources.

Support and resources can also be found on the NHS website.

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2.   Engage in physical activity

Obesity can provoke serious health issues, including coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also directly impact your self-esteem and overall mental health. Therefore, according to the NHS, regular exercise is helpful not only for improving your physical health, but your mental health as well. This is because exercise can provoke endorphins, which positively impact your mood. Also, having clearly-defined goals to work towards can help motivate you to stay on track with any new lifestyle plans.

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3.  Incorporate healthy habits into your daily life

We know that the gradual easing of lockdown measures has provoked a lot of anxiety surrounding weight loss. However, your well-being is our top priority, and we believe that all body types are valid.  If you are concerned about your health, we offer in-store weight management services to help curate a plan that is tailored to your individual needs. We will work with you to understand your body and your lifestyle, in order to produce the plan that’s right for you.

Selected stores can also recommend healthy diet plans based around your personal lifestyle concerns and goals. Our team will be there for you along every step of the way, ensuring that you stay motivated on your journey to a better you; we can even work with you to help recognise and manage complex relationships with food. Similarly, if you suspect that you may have an intolerance to certain foods, we will work with you to eliminate and reintroduce them methodically to monitor any adverse effects.

Here at Knights Pharmacy, we believe that a healthy lifestyle is comprised of so much more than just weight management.

You can find out more about our healthy lifestyle services here.

Call or visit us at your local branch today; let’s start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle, together.


This post was written on behalf of Knights Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor