Now that I’m over 40, my well-being and health is on my mind a lot more than it was when I was in my 20s and 30s. The biggest wake-up call was not being able to recover as quickly from all my TMJ symptoms. I had a similar flare-up in my early 30s but managed to bounce back within 6 months or so. Not this time around. Three years later, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.
I feel fortunate to work with some incredible doctors, who have been educating and empowering me to take care of myself during this whole ordeal. I’ve learned a lot along the way and want to live a long, healthy life from here on. If you want to be around a while too, here are a few tips that have been shared with me that I’d like to pass on to you.
Get your Vitamin D life
No, I don’t mean to drink more milk. Get your Vitamin D intake from the sun. My naturopath encouraged me to walk without sunscreen for about 20 minutes in the direct sun (arms and legs exposed) to absorb all of its health benefits.
Get out there and socialize
In person. Being online too much can be isolating and has been known for causing depression and anxiety in a lot of people. Call that friend, go out for coffee or a walk (you can get your Vitamin D with company!)
Get your heart pumping
Combine strength training and cardio. Do it for you. Do it for your heart. Make it a part of your life. If you can’t get into a routine, go for a walk, stretch, jog in place, dance. Whatever you love to do is fine, as long as you get moving.
Clock in those Zs
I don’t know about you, but I love sleeping and taking naps. There’s really nothing like a cozy afternoon nap on a rainy day. Napping has a lot of benefits, and companies, like the Huffington Post, are now incorporating resting rooms for employees to take a break throughout the day.
Find your zen
Whether it’s meditation, yoga, crocheting or baking, take time for yourself. Shut off the noise and destress. Give your heart, mind and body a rest, every day.