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Five healthy ways to celebrate your birthday!

Perhaps, it is your birthday week or month or you will be celebrating your birthday later this year and you have been thinking of the best way to make the day remarkable.

Birthday celebrations do not have to always revolve around unhealthy foods, drinks, and unhealthy choices. You can still have a special day with healthy choices.

Below are some practical tips on how to feel special and have fun on your birthday.

Opportunities for mindfulness in daily life. Image credit: VeryWellMind

Practise mindfulness and meditation: Practising mindfulness and meditation will help you ease off stress, and feel more calm and peaceful. Research has shown that meditation may also help improve your mood, and boost healthy sleep patterns, and cognitive skills.

Ready to give it a try? You can register for meditation classes online yoga centres, or athletic clubs.

Dance party. Credit: Google Chrome

Organise a dance party or group workout: You don’t need a disc jockey to throw a dance party and you can host your friends to a dance party or group workout in your space.

Choose your music, a variety of songs people love to hear will ignite the atmosphere. Ensure that you make water and other healthy beverages available for your guests.

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Blood pressure reading. Credit: American Heart Association

Know your blood pressure number: One of the best things you can do for yourself on your birthday is to know your blood pressure number.

You may have high blood pressure and not feel the symptoms; so, the only way to know is to get your blood pressure checked.

According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 46 per cent of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition. If hypertension is not treated, it can cause health conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Elements of comprehensive health check-up

Do a comprehensive health check: A comprehensive health checkup will provide a detailed analysis and functioning of your body’s various vital organs and detect any health threats early.

You can run urine test, cholesterol level, blood sugar level, HPV test, HIV test, complete blood count checks, etc. These should not be too much to do once a year.

Positive life changes

Make positive lifestyle changes: Lifestyle changes are behaviour modifications that encourage positive changes in your life.

Lifestyle changes include eating a healthy, low-salt diet, losing weight, being physically active, quitting tobacco, and drinking more water.

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Making a lifestyle change may be challenging, but you can take it one step at a time and make sure you are committed to your resolutions to live healthily.

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