Love yourself — that’s always something that is easier said than done. Our body gets us through so much every day of our lives, it’s important to show it some love as well! Here are some tips on how you can practice more self love this year, under three main themes: nutrition, skincare and fitness.
1. More home-cooking, less eating out
Opting for home-cooked meals will do good for your body and health. Besides being the cheaper option, cooking your own food gives you greater control over your nutrition. You can decide on the kinds of foods to include in your diet, as well as the way it’s prepared.
2. Eat regular meals
Skipping meals for long periods of time would make you extremely hungry at some point, which may cause you to overindulge during your next meal. Furthermore, hunger pains can throw your productivity off during work. Take regular meals and avoid overeating to maximise your productivity throughout the day.
3. Cut down on binge drinking
It may seem like a fun idea during the festive season, but binge drinking leaves your body feeling nauseous, weak and tired, not to mention the headache that hits you in the morning. One of our tips for self love is to cut down on your drinking and get back on the road to better health.
Love Your Skin
4. Wear more sunscreen
We cannot stress how vital sunscreen is in a climate like Singapore’s. Protect yourself from skin damage by slapping on some sunscreen every time you go outdoors, even if it’s cloudy or if you’re only out in the sun for a short while.
5. Always hydrate
Hydration is always vital – besides nourishment for your skin, your body needs water for pretty much everything. It helps your skin keep that elasticity and youthfulness, while combating skin dryness and wrinkles. While drinking water is the best, there also plenty of healthier drink alternatives that will help you stay hydrated in Singapore’s heat.
6. Learn to de-stress
Unnecessary stress can affect your skin, increasing the risk of skin ageing and the development of issues and conditions. It’s important to recognise the stressors in your life and learn how to avoid or react differently to them. Try mindful meditation, which can help you to relax your mind and deal with problems more effectively.
7. Think long-term, not short-term
It’s time to cut out the weight loss pills and juices, appetite suppressants and meal replacements. Instead of these short-term hacks, focus on long-term nutrition and fitness by combining healthy eating with regular exercise.
8. Schedule regular workouts
Regular physical activity can help you reduce your risk of developing conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It also aids your mental function by decreasing brain aging, stress levels and improving your mood.
9. Monitor your body
While you’re exercising regularly and eating right, do remember to constantly monitor your vitals and progress. Going for routine health screening helps you to be aware of your health status, as well as detect any chronic conditions that you may have. By detecting any health illnesses early, you’ll be better able to make the necessary lifestyle changes to ensure you stay in the prime of health.
Do consult our doctors if you notice anything unusual about your body that you’re concerned about. Apart from that, it’s also important to schedule yearly health screenings to keep track on your body’s health status. Book your health screening at any of our 9 islandwide clinics or get screened from the comfort of your home.