[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s funny how in the world of extreme technological advances and scientific support, we, people, still have a limited life expectancy. When all we need to do to sleep or to stop a headache is to pop a pill, it’s surprising, to say the least, that we still haven’t found the magic pill to keep us fit and healthy for longer.

In fact, what we seem to have found is the way — or the many ways — to become unhealthy sooner and faster than we age. From a glass of wine to a quick ride in a car, we move less, and we eat more. As a result, the planet has never been heavier! But there’s still time to wake up and do the right thing for you and others. The first step to a healthier you is to acknowledge the underlying problems.

The wakeup call for yourself

You know how it is. You enjoy a nice glass of wine — or two, or three —, an extra portion of chips because it’s been a long day and you deserve it, and then suddenly you wake up and don’t recognise the person in the mirror anymore. We’ve all been there. The everyday stress at work or in your studies is a creepy enemy that blurs the lines of healthy habits, so that, indeed, one morning, you wake up with a shock: how did you not notice you were putting on weight? Don’t blame yourself. Instead, think of your wake up call as a new beginning. Make a promise to yourself to change your habits. It doesn’t have to be a lot! Incorporating a little movement regularly can go a long way, for instance. What matters is to seize the opportunity to make a change and stick to it.

The wakeup call for others

When it comes to wakeup calls, the hardest one is to acknowledge and accept that your older relatives need support. You know the kind of things: your grandmother is getting confused living on her own, your elderly aunt can’t quite wash safely in her bathroom anymore, and so on. Yes, it’s a painful sight, but unfortunately, it’s part of life. Everybody gets older and experiences different levels of body weaknesses. But it’s essential that you act upon it and discuss the situation with home care specialists. In most cases, seniors are not ready to accept that their body is failing. More importantly, you can help them to get the care they need at home. All it takes is being attentive to their health.

The wakeup call for the planet

There’s another health wakeup call that everybody needs to receive. Pollution is responsible for the death of millions of people each year. In the UK, only, 50,000 individuals die each year as a result of air pollution. There’s a long way to go to clean the air. But everything begins with you and me deciding to walk instead of taking the car, or to shop locally to reduce transportation impacts, or maybe to change all the light bulbs for eco-friendly bulbs. Every little step in the right direction counts.

So, is it time for you to hear the wake-up calls of health and care, for your sake, for your old relatives, for the planet? Every day, a step at a time, you have the potential to build a healthier life for you and others. Why waste the chance any longer?  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Contributed content[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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