Making healthy lifestyle choices

Let us consider factors that contribute to an increased risk for depression and decide if we can choose a path of health that reduces our risk of this illness. This helps build social cohesion, along with improving mental well-being and increased physical activity, both of which are of particular benefit in more deprived areas, where social resilience is often at a lower level. Stress is not a direct risk factor for heart disease but it may contribute to your risk level. For example, some people cope with stress by smoking, drinking too much alcohol and overeating.

  • This subsequent study showed that participants in the Experience Corp had a significant increase in hippocampal volume.
  • In fact, a study conducted in the US revealed that older adults, after learning to use Facebook, performed 25% better in memory tests than non-Facebook users .
  • Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Also, listen to people who know about MS. You may encounter a wide range of opinion but use your judgement and choose wisely.
  • For women, aerobic exercise enhanced performance on multiple tests.

However, alcohol misuse has a marked effect on the physical and mental wellbeing of the individual, their family and wider society. Alcohol misuse is linked to crime and disorder, antisocial behaviour, assault, domestic violence and is a major cause of illness and death (see our ‘Cohesive Community well-being goal‘ summary for further information). 8% of adults in Conwy County Borough and 17.5% in Denbighshire report eating the recommended 5 a day fruit or vegetable portions the previous day. Again, these figures differ significantly than for previous years due to changes in the way the question is asked.

Nutrition and Mental Health

Smoking in pregnancy has significant negative impacts for both Mum and her baby (see our ‘Giving every child the best start‘ topic for further information). Ramsay offers a comprehensive range of state of the art investigations for the detection of disease of the heart arteries, including CT coronary angiography and diagnostic invasive coronary angiography . In addition for treatment an expert team delivering coronary stent insertion. If you’re currently not physically active then you should start off slowly, maybe attempting a ten minute workout initially and building your exercise period up over time. You should be aware of high fructose corn syrup that is used in thousands of foods from ketchup and tomato sauce to soft drinks and crackers. Try using natural sweeteners such as fruit juice, raw or dried apples, coconut, raisins or dates or spices such as cinnamon.

Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Linked to other positive lifestyle choices, it promotes good physical health and contributes to people’s emotional and social wellbeing. To a certain extent the ability we have to stay healthy and well lies in the way we treat and respect ourselves – our mind and bodies. Keeping active, adopting healthy lifestyle choices, seeking support for conditions we already know we have, are just some of the ways in which we can all help ourselves to get the most out of life. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.

Eat more fibre & get your Omega 3s

Alcohol interferes with normal response, impairs judgement, decreases perception and, in sufficient quantity, can lead to unconsciousness. Medication or illegal drugs can have similar effects, and a combination of drugs and alcohol can make people particularly vulnerable. A well-balanced diet should include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. You should try to vary the types of fruit and vegetables you eat.