When you still live with you parents, being and staying healthy sometimes falls on their shoulders. If they do the food shopping, they are somewhat controlling what you do and don’t eat when in the house. They may also still make your Doctors, Dentist and Optician appointments for you. Then nag you to keep them, of course!
However, it may have recently been time to move, or it may soon be time. Whether for University, work, to move in with a partner or another reason, these things will become your responsibility. If you don’t book that Dentist appointment you need, nobody is going to do it for you.
So, with this in mind, here are a handful of ways that you can stay healthy once you move out of your parents home.
Watch your alcohol intake
Without the watchful or disapproving eyes of parents, you alcohol intake is largely down to you. This means it is your responsibility to know your limits and know when enough is enough. If you think you need to cut back on drinking, don’t let your friends or housemates pressure you to do otherwise. If you think it will make your life easier, tell them you are drinking rum and Coke, or gin and tonic. Then just put the non-alcoholic one into your drink, and make sure nobody asks for a drink!
Practice safe sex- 100% of the time!
We all know how important it is to have safe sex. Anything less can lead to infections, viruses and unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. It is just not worth the risk. There is also little excuse these days when there are so many options available to you. Condoms are no longer the tough, unpleasant things they were before. And as for protecting against pregnancy, there are options like the pill, the coil and the implant to choose from. With so much on offer, there is bound to be something to suit your preferences and your lifestyle.
Keep your appointments
Remember earlier we mentioned your parents nagging you to make that important appointment? Well, now it is down to you to nag yourself. That being said, some clinics send text reminders. Ask if they offer this as a free service, because they can be really helpful. Otherwise, put it in your diary, your calendar, and set a reminder on your phone. You can even ask a less forgetful friend to text you on the day if needs be!
Everything in moderations
Every now and again, that delicious cheesy pizza you’ve been craving isn’t going to kill you! Neither is that tub of chocolate ice cream you friend is offering you a bowl of. Everything in moderation should be your motto. As long as you supplement these things with a healthy balanced diet, and lots of fruit, veg and water, you’ll be fine!
Whether it was curiosity, peer pressure or your new found freedom that got you started, quit smoking. It has absolutely zero health benefits and is just not worth the money.