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6 Ways to Improve Your Health 2024

Maintaining good health can seem complex and overwhelming. Mainstream media engages in a selective reporting of health research, and social influencers might be entertaining but only present a single perspective. With so much information available, the following is a simple, no-fuss guide to better health for you and your family:

  1. Prioritise Mental Health

Mental health can be described as your overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings and behave. Prioritising mental health includes awareness and focus on habits, learning and behaviours to help cope with the stresses of life. Social stigmas surrounding health are changing, and more of us feel comfortable talking about mental health. You may have heard the phrase “it’s ok not to be ok”. Sometimes, the stresses of life can lead to a decline in mental fitness, and it helps to know where to turn to for help.

Your Helpful Resources:

Beyond Blue


Kids Helpline

Black Dog Institute

  1. You Are What You Eat

We are lucky to have access to good quality, healthy food options in Australia. The new year is a popular time to start new healthy eating habits and, in some cases, set weight-loss goals. Remember that healthy eating is a long-term/lifestyle decision; most health professionals advocate for balance.

Your Helpful Resources:

Nutrition Australia

  1. Moderate Alcohol Consumption

With the festive season behind us, there has never been a better time to review the amount we drink. The impact of alcohol on our health has been the subject of many studies over time, and the effect will vary depending on metabolic makeup and other individual health factors. The Australian alcohol guidelines recommend that:

  • to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury for healthy men and women, drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day
  • anyone under 18 should not drink alcohol to reduce the risk of injury and harm to the developing brain
  • women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not drink alcohol to prevent harm to their baby.

Your Helpful Resources:

Aus Government

Alcohol & Drug Foundation

  1. Get Tested

What you should be testing for will depend on several personal factors, including age, medical history, lifestyle factors and family history of disease. Commit to a regular testing plan will bring you peace of mind, knowing that you are taking a proactive approach and detecting health issues early. Your GP can work with you to determine appropriate testing for your needs.

Your Helpful Resources:

Aus Government

Cancer Council

  1. Move More

There is no secret that exercise is good for overall health and well-being. Studies have proven that regular exercise will help maintain healthy weight levels and reduce disease risk. Individuals more successful at this tend to partake in activities they genuinely enjoy, so it does not feel like such an effort. Building such activities into your weekly schedule and set goals to keep it fresh and exciting.

Your Helpful Resources:

The Heart Foundation

Aus Government

Institute of Health & Welfare

  1. Social Connection

If the last few years have taught us anything, connecting with family and friends is essential. Despite social media and other technologies that aim to bring us closer to others, the fact is that social isolation has become an issue for many. In pockets of the longest-living human beings on earth, where the number of centenarians is above average, being socially active is critical. Next time you have 5 mins, call a loved one!

Your Helpful Resources:


Relationships Australia


Remember, healthy living isn’t a one-size-fits-all equation. What might be suitable for one person may be harmful for another. Please consult a qualified health professional to help get you started on your health and well-being journey.

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