Simple Health Advice + 35 Tips

I am not a doctor or medical expert, but I do know, from personal experience, that the #1 benefit of living with less, is better health.

Stress does crazy things to your mind and  body, so it only makes sense that reduced stress = better health. If less debt, stuff, and obligation = reduced stress, than it is clear that living with less = better health.

With all of that said, health is about more than reduced stress. Giving attention to staying healthy through proper diet and daily exercise can prevent disease and illness, or help you recover from it more quickly. Keep it simple, and do what works for you, but give your body the time and care that it deserves, so you can be strong and healthy enough to take care of the people you love.

To ensure great health, I think you need a combination of conventional and alternative practices. Illness is not cured with one pill. Stress is not relieved with one massage, and health cannot be restored without looking at the big picture.

35 Simple Health Tips

  1. Develop relationships with health care practitioners you trust.
  2. Eat fruits and veggies.
  3. Rest when you are sick or tired.
  4. Be as kind to yourself as you are to everyone else.
  5. Laugh out loud.
  6. Do something that scares you.
  7. Trust your body.
  8. Floss.
  9. Maintain a healthy weight.
  10. Drink water.
  11. Quit smoking.
  12. Ask for help.
  13. Offer help.
  14. Meditate
  15. Visit the dentist.
  16. Walk barefoot.
  17. Slow down.
  18. Breathe Deeply.
  19. Sit Still.
  20. Spend time alone.
  21. Spend time with friends.
  22. Eat Colors not Calories.
  23. Get regular screenings.
  24. Sleep well.
  25. Drink Tea.
  26. Take it easy.
  27. Grow your own food.
  28. Turn your phone off in the car.
  29. Try chia seeds.
  30. Stop making excuses.
  31. Practice Yoga and Save the World
  32. Move every day.
  33. Read 10 Ways to Improve Your Health.
  34. Cook your own food.
  35. Be Grateful.

Most of these tips are common sense, but without the time, space and attention, our personal health care sometimes moves to the bottom of the list in terms of priority. It is your responsibility to be healthy. It is your obligation to take care of you. Doctors can help, but your body will tell you what you need. Take the time to listen.

What do you think of these health tips? Anything you would add? Anything you do already that makes you feel great?

 

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Comments

  1. George Stinson says

    Courtney,
    Fantasticly simple. With the addition of 3 cups of
    Espresso a day and music the list is complet. Thanks
    again for reminding me sit still and shed the day.
    d

  2. says

    Great list. I would also add “Move” or “Walk”. There are many times when I feel like just sitting around, writing or reading, but on Saturday I took two work breaks – one to rake the garden, and another to take a long walk. Both times I was left stimulated to do more work, and felt more at ease.

  3. says

    Courtney,
    Great list post! I love the eat colors not calories!And it is so much more than just eat right and exercise. My goal is not to lose weight (although that would be a great side effect!) but to be healthy. I’ve heard it said that some people die by the time they are 50, they just wait another 10 or 20 years to stop breathing! I don’t want to be that person!
    Bernice
    http://livingthebalancedlife.com/2010/connect-with-those-you-love/

  4. says

    Hi!
    I love this list. It is true a lot of these tips are common sense but it is sometime so important to be reminded of what is simple and yet important.

    Thank you

    Manu

  5. says

    Excellent list. I would add “maintain a beginner’s mind”. I think curiosity and willingness to try (and fail) without expectations of perfection do wonders for my mental well being. I recently heard Jane Fonda say that rather than striving for perfection, we should strive to be our authentic selves, which I think is exactly what your blog’s message is, too!

  6. says

    You brought up some great points Courtney. It is amazing that if one would take heed to your list and put it into action, they would experience a welcomed lifestyle change.

  7. says

    Thanks Courtney, I needed this. Had a craving tonight and baked a sugary white cake. What’s wrong with me? Back on track tomorrow. Except the darn thing is now sitting in my fridge taunting me. P90X tomorrow and I shall not have my cake and eat it too. You are an inspiration!