Healthy Life is Australia’s home of ‘feel good’. If your asthma is getting you down or if you feel anxious, tell your doctor. The data presented in this chapter show a high level picture of trends in life expectancy and health in England. These trends are influenced by changes in patterns of mortality (chapter 2) and changes in the prevalence of disease over time (chapter 3).
A healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease, based on the choices you make about your daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing good health. Managing stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol, reduces wear and tear on your body at the hormonal level. For a longer and more comfortable life, put together your plan for a healthy lifestyle and live up to it.
The Healthy Lifestyle Hub is part of First Point Telford, located at Southwater One. It serves as a single point of access to a range of health promotion and lifestyle change programmes and is designed to improve the health and well being of the residents of Telford and Wrekin. It also acts a source of health information and advice to members of the public and health professionals.
If there is something that needs treatment, then it’s best for it to be checked out as soon as possible. This goes for your mental as well as physical health. That’s why if you are feeling unwell at all it’s best to see your GP. If nothing else, it means you can be reassured and stop worrying about it.
Know when and how to de-stress. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Make sure that you have positive ways of dealing with stressors in your life. This might be exercising, meditating, yoga or just doing deep-breathing exercises. If stress becomes so severe that it is interfering with your sleep or ability to cope, talk to your doctor or a counselor.