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Looking after yourself

If you’re juggling lots of things like work, study and relationships, it’s easy to forget to look after yourself. Check out these tips for living a healthier more balanced lifestyle.

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What is a healthy lifestyle?

It’s not just about eating healthy and exercising.

  • Having a healthy lifestyle is all about looking after your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing

  • It’s about finding a balance between keeping up with your responsibilities and looking after yourself. If things are out of balance, it can be dangerous for your health

Here are some tips to help you look after yourself more.

Get plenty of sleep

It’s easy to sacrifice sleep when you’ve got study or social commitments, but sleep is important for a healthy lifestyle.

It’s the only part of the day where your body and mind get a chance to fully recuperate, recover and heal.

Some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
Have a bedtime routine
Turn off devices before bed - TV, mobile phone, laptop, tablet
Close the blinds or curtains
Limit alcohol, caffeine or other stimulants before bed
Try not to nap during the day

Eat a well-balanced diet

It can help you feel healthier, stronger and ready to take on any stress that comes your way.

Eating a balanced diet provides you with the right type of fuel for your body, builds up your immune system and reduces your risk of disease.


It’s important to establish healthy eating habits as not eating well can put yourself at risk of:

  • Unhealthy weight gain or weight loss

  • Erratic moods

  • Depression

  • Illness

Tips for eating well

If you’re trying to eat healthy, a few simple tips are:

Drink plenty of water

Eat regular meals

Don’t skip meals

Eat a well-balanced diet

Avoid eating when bored

Pay attention to your portions

Get your body moving

Exercising regularly is part of having a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity can help you to:

Build a strong body and mind
Feel good
Reduce stress
Manage moods
Sleep better
Gain more energy

Express yourself

Having people you can confide in is really important.

  • Being a healthy person means expressing your feelings and thoughts about what’s happening for you

  • Talking to people you trust can help you to feel more balanced and able to cope with challenges

  • Create your own support team who you can rely on and talk to when you feel stressed or overwhelmed

Take a break

Having balance in your life means taking time out to laugh, have fun and be around people who make you feel good.

It may not seem as important as other tasks, but it’s vital for your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Give yourself permission each day to:

Have fun
Do things you enjoy
Spend time with friends and family

Your wellbeing is important

Looking after yourself now will set you up for a healthy future.

Taking care of your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing will mean you’re well on your way to having a healthier more balanced lifestyle.

If you need some support to create a healthier lifestyle, give us a call, start a WebChat or send us an email today.

If you need more information for other digital services and resources, check out Head to Health.

This content was last reviewed 14/02/2018

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