In today’s frenetic world, you may find it difficult to maintain your health. There is a vast amount of positive and negative information and opinions that come at you each day – telling you what you should and should not do or try. Instead of getting caught up in the fray, take small steps to increase your health without impacting your stress level.
For those of you who have the benefit of hearing, it is an often underappreciated sense that you take for granted until it begins to fail. Despite common misconceptions, hearing loss not only affects the elderly population. When you experience the effects of hearing loss and start wearing a hearing aid, you may encounter a situation where you will decide whether to repair or replace hearing aids that you rely on. It will be important to consider the cost-benefit of either option before proceeding. Either way, once you begin using a hearing aid, you will come to know how helpful they are in your life.
The effects of hearing loss can range from frustrating to concerning. Imagine being out at dinner with family and friends. Everyone is having a lively and enjoyable conversation, except you. You cannot hear what they are saying. It is disappointing for everyone, but especially for you. When you cannot hear those around you, you may begin to decline invitations to social activities. These actions can lead to social isolation and health concerns. When your brain is not engaged it can atrophy and eventually contribute to diagnoses such as dementia.
One of the biggest obstacles to both achieving good health and maintaining it lies with food. Food weighs heavily on your mind as you need to plan what you will buy on grocery shopping trips or deliveries. After the food is at your home, you plan what you are going to eat at each meal and when you are going to begin preparing it. For most people, this routine generally occurs three times each day. With all of that energy expended on food planning and preparation, it is no wonder that you sometimes default to shortcuts such as pre-packaged food, takeout, and eating out.
While there is nothing wrong with ease, convenience, and enjoying your food, take the time to plan with a grocery list app that you can link with other family members for quick coordination. Once you have a basic list in place, it will save you time in the future. When you need an ingredient or run out of one, make it a habit to add it to the list.
Next, consider simple food and lifestyle changes to add extra health benefits. Instead of reaching for the regular size dinner plates for meals, grab salad plates instead. You probably won’t even notice that the amount you serve yourself is less than the dinner plate serving because the food visually fills the plate. If you still want to go out to eat (and you should enjoy yourself), try to walk to the restaurants if they are within walking distance. If not, plan an early dinner with a leisurely walk to see the local sites afterward. Or, drive home and walk your dogs around the neighborhood.
Make good eating decisions for a healthy and productive life. Small changes do not have to be challenging or daunting. Your hearing is vital to experiencing the world around you. Take care of it and use adaptive accessories when the time comes. When you have your hearing and say, “I hear you” it will have a meaningful impact in more ways than one.