Looking After Your Health

Covering all types of health and how to use the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Your physical health

Being healthy means looking after your mind and body. As you get older and start relying on yourself it is important to make choices that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

There are a few things that you can do to stay physically healthy. These include:  

  • Moving your body: Regular physical activity is important for healthy growth and development. You don’t have to spend money to do physical activity -for example walking or running. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. They can reduce your perception of pain, and also trigger a positive feeling in your body. That’s why you can get that ‘feel good’ feeling after exercise.
  • Eating Healthy: Eat fresh, nutritious foods to feed your brain and body! Prepare meals that include plenty of vegetables. It is also important to eat food that contains healthy amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, calcium, vitamins, minerals etc. Keep up your fluid intake by drinking lots of water instead of drinks containing sugar like soft drink.
  • Avoiding the consumption of alcohol and other drugs: Alcohol and or other drugs alters your mood and behaviour, negatively impacting all aspects of your health. Choosing to reduce your intake, or stop using alcohol or other drugs can be a positive choice for you. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs, or other forms of addictions such as food or gambling as a way to cope with traumatic events that they have experienced.

If you notice that your use of alcohol and other drugs is changing who you are, there is lots of support around; you just have to be willing to take that first step to change your behaviour. You can get support online, face to face, or over the phone. You can download these Apps: National Drugs Campaign,DrinkSmart, AOD Connect.