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Five Ways To Upgrade Your Self-care Routine.

The word health can mean many things to many people. Health pertains to your pearly whites, your body and mind, and who you are. Taking care of all aspects of your health is imperative to maintaining your body and mind for years to come.  

Oral Health

Having good oral health is essential for more than a beautiful smile. Be sure to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam with your dentist. A clean and cared-for mouth limits the number of bacteria that enter your body. That bacteria can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and a host of other problems within your body. Proper dental care is an easy routine to start that has a lasting impact on your health. Always start the day by brushing your teeth before eating or drinking. Brush and floss after every meal to clean out bits of food that can lead to cavities and bad breath. If you are unable to do so, swish some water around after eating. Remember to brush and floss in the evening before bed so that any remaining food from dinner does not have time to form cavities as you sleep.

Physical Health

If you did not attend your routine annual well check due to pandemic restrictions, now is the time to catch up and reschedule. An annual exam is a crucial appointment to make with your healthcare provider. It is an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. Make a list of questions and health issues you are experiencing. If you notice new aches or pains, address them and receive referrals to specialists as necessary. Do not let ailments linger or hinder daily activities. Sometimes there are simple reasons for an easily treatable health concern. Other times, there are underlying health concerns that may have gone unnoticed and need attention. Regardless of the issue, your provider will guide you on your path to health.

Exercise is an essential part of physical health; however, it also converges into the arena of mental health. When you have a routine exercise schedule, your body benefits from the physical exertion, resulting endorphins, and stress-relieving activity. Participating in physical exercise can be an opportunity to be alone and quiet your mind after a busy day. Athletics are also a chance to meet new people and be a part of a supportive group. However, you choose to exercise, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before beginning.

Mental Health

One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to simply be you. When looking in the mirror, choose to be comfortable with what you see. If you want to make a change, go for it! With whatever decision you make - make it for you. Sometimes a change in your fashion and personal style will give you a boost in confidence and comfort. Try out something new or something that you have always wanted to experiment with. You will be amazed at how fashion can boost your mental health and body image. If you do not find a particular brand or article of clothing that suits your body, try your hand at making it yourself. You never know what you will accomplish until you try. When you need some extra help, find a professional mental health professional in your area for expert guidance.

Every day is a new opportunity to make a change for the better. Take care of your body and your brain. Try something new and show off your healthy smile while you are at it.