What do our bodies and a car have in common?

How to look after your body

Like your car, your body needs good care and maintenance to keep it running well. As we drive our way through life, it’s important to keep an eye on our dashboard: our mental health, physical health and our wellbeing.

  1. Look after the engine
    A car’s engine needs regular maintenance to keep it in good running order and working properly. Our bodies do too. One of the essential things we need to do is sleep well. Aim to get around 8 hours of sleep each night and give yourself time to relax because this can make a huge difference to your mental health and wellbeing. Find more sleep tips here, including tips for shift workers too!

    If you’re feeling stressed or under pressure, try to give yourself some time out – have a relaxing shower or bath, go for a walk, call a friend or watch your favourite film. We have lots of tips to help if you’re feeling stressed – give them a try.

  2. Use the right fuel
    We all know the damaging effects of putting the wrong fuel in a car –  the same goes for our bodies. There is a strong link between nutrition (what we eat) and our health & wellbeing. Eating a balanced diet is important as it plays a big part in looking after our overall health, giving us the best chance of staying well, feeling good and being at our best. Find more nutrition tips here, including the best food to fuel sports performance too. 

  3. Keep yourself running smoothly
    Just as a car left on a driveway starts to seize up, so does your body if you spend long periods of time stationery. You can keep your joints ‘well-oiled’ by staying hydrated and taking regular exercise.

    If you work at a desk, try to stand up every hour and move around for 5-10 minutes. This can be an excuse for nipping to the kitchen to grab some more water or going to speak to a colleague rather than using email. Increasing your physical activity not only helps you to stay fit, strong and healthy but is also a great way to relieve tension and improve your mental wellbeing. Find cheap ways to get fit here.

  4. Regular MOTs
    Just as a car needs a regular check-up, so does your mind and body. It’s important to regularly check our dashboard: our mental health, physical health and our wellbeing. If you spot a warning sign make sure to talk about it and get help if you need to.

    Our mental health, like our physical health, varies all the time. One day we can feel low in mood and the next we can feel happier, more positive and satisfied with life. Here are some ways that you can look after your mental health.

We all need a bit of extra support sometimes to help us get over those bumps in the road. Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future.

Whether you have a modern dragster or a vintage model, these tips can help your mind and body keep ticking over as you increase your mileage.

If you’re struggling with this or anything else, get in touch. Call us free on 08081 311 333 or chat with us online. You don’t have to do this alone - we've got your back.

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