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The Influencers: Antonia Riordan


Compliance Partners Occupational Health Nurse

Spring is almost here, so time for a health spring clean for yourself or your workplace. If you’ve deferred some wellness practices in pursuit of staying in and warm over winter, here’s nine simple strategies for a healthier spring you.

Remember this? 30 minutes a day, five days a week, add in two days of muscle-strengthening activities and you have an exercise routine. Simple! How’s the diet? Practice five plus a day, include whole grains, some lean meat and low-fat dairy or vegetarian/vegan alternatives. There complete.

Rethink your drink. Make it water and reduce sugary drinks and alcohol. Both are full of empty calories and over-consumption can lead to long term health-risk.

Getting enough sleep? Aim for seven hours a night and if you aren’t hitting the mark, set strategies to work towards it.

Quit smoking! Any time’s a good time. It’s not just your health but that of whānau and friends.

Stay covered in the sun and include a good SPF. No need to be dowdy, sun safe can be chic, as can having beautiful skin later in life.

Add dental hygiene to your spring clean. While we are brushing, flossing and probably gargling when was the last time you had a check-up? If it’s over a year, it’s time to book.

And remember, prevention is better than cure. Maintain your health checks, utilise health-screening services and as we are products of our genealogy, learn and share your family history.


 

The Influencers: Antonia Riordan


 

Compliance Partners Occupational Health Nurse

A sense of loss of control is a product of the prevailing times and can concern both our personal and professional lives, but we can take back that control and, while it might seem a tall order, the long-term gains of good wellbeing far outstrip feeling less than our best selves.

It’s a straightforward recipe that includes the five ways of wellbeing, better sleep, improved nutrition and reducing alcohol.

Let’s kick-off with the five ways of wellbeing which underpin our mental wellbeing – how we feel, function and our relationships.

Here’s how: Take notice – savour the moment and enjoy the simple things. It not only makes you feel better but it broadens awareness.

Connect – take time with people. Phone, don’t text, and better still, meet up, talk and listen.

Be active – we know regular physical activity promotes both mental and physical wellbeing, but did you know it helps slow age-related cognitive decline?

No time to lose. It could be dancing in the kitchen, joining a team or simply taking regular walks.

Give – do something for someone else. Help a neighbour, a friend, or volunteer.

The power of giving is linked to increased feelings of personal control.

Lastly; keep learning – try something new, from learning a new language to trying Sudoku for the first time; if it’s ballroom dancing you fancy, give it a go.

So don’t delay. Be active, take notice, connect, give and keep learning because these five steps can make a large impact for a better life.