Steps to liv­ing a healthy life

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGE - Nor­man Dunn CON­TRIB­U­TOR

TO LIVE a healthy life, one has to set smart goals that will in no doubt im­prove one’s health. These goals should ad­dress and in­cor­po­rate, in a bal­anced way, to in­clude all three di­men­sions of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. These are the en­vi­ron­ment, economics, so­ci­etal and their in­ter­link­ages.

The pro­vi­sion of sup­port­ive, sta­ble, so­cial and economic con­di­tions will en­hance the abil­ity for all, to thrive in a rapidly chang­ing world. Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment starts and ends with safe and healthy habits.

The vi­a­bil­ity of the phar­macy pro­fes­sion is an is­sue for the broader health sec­tor and so­ci­ety as a whole. Phar­ma­cists have a key role to play in de­liv­er­ing cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions for pa­tients, guar­an­tee­ing bet­ter out­comes espe­cially for those with chronic dis­eases.

Set­ting sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals will meet the needs of the present with­out com­pro­mis­ing the abil­ity of future gen­er­a­tions to meet their own needs. There­fore, a so­ci­ety that gives ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion to the vi­tal role that phar­ma­cists plays will as­sist in ad­vanc­ing those goals.

Phar­ma­cists are a vi­tal source of ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, be­ing the first point of contact for per­sons with health-re­lated ques­tions in most cases. There­fore, our roles in ad­vanc­ing these sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals are paramount.

Here are a few sim­ple steps that can make a huge dif­fer­ence in our ul­ti­mate hap­pi­ness and over­all health.

I en­cour­age each home to start by choos­ing a small goal that will work for you and your fam­ily. Also, re­mem­ber what is good for your heart is good for your brain. So eat well and stay fit, you will live longer and be hap­pier.

SET­TING SMART GOALS FOR A HEALTH­IER YOU 1. ELIM­I­NATE CLUT­TER

Get rid of all the things you don’t need or that are not good for you.

2. SUP­PLE­MENT YOUR LIFE

Eat right.

3. JUST ADD WA­TER

Wa­ter keeps you hy­drated, elim­i­nates tox­ins and keeps you reg­u­lar. You’ve heard it be­fore, but it’s worth re­peat­ing. It’s im­por­tant to drink ad­e­quate amount of wa­ter ev­ery day to keep your body func­tion­ing prop­erly.

4. FOR­GET THE COM­PLAINT DE­PART­MENT

Stop com­plain­ing about never get­ting what you want, and in­stead, cre­ate what you want.

5. JUST MOVE IT

Ex­er­cise not only makes you more phys­i­cally fit, it also boosts your mood, in­creases your en­ergy, and it can even im­prove your sex life.

6. CRE­ATE A DAILY RIT­UAL

Med­i­tate for five min­utes in the morn­ing to start your day. Take the ad­di­tional five min­utes to re­lax be­fore bed. Read a book that in­spires you, take a bath or drink a cup of herbal tea in a quiet set­ting. This will do won­ders in elim­i­nat­ing daily stress and anx­i­ety.

7. IM­PROVE YOUR PENMANSHIP

If you’re think­ing, ‘I’m too old for a di­ary’, look at it this way, writ­ing in a jour­nal daily helps you. (UNICEF study)

Set your goals and stop whin­ing about ev­ery­thing if you are a com­plainer. Seize the mo­ment; make the best of your sit­u­a­tion, bear­ing in mind the role that you have to play in ad­vanc­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals for a health­ier na­tion.

NOR­MAN DUNN

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