There’s an old idiom that states you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself first. This is especially true for nurses and other caregivers who must often juggle caring for their patients and family members, while trying to maintain some kind of social life, attempting to stay healthy, and reducing stress at work. Home seems lost to them sometimes. All of us understand how hectic our lives can be at times, but many of us don’t deal with life-and-death situations that can often be associated with health care.

Speaking of care, there are many ways we can take better care of ourselves without completely reorganizing our reality. Granted, making better lifestyle choices doesn’t come without some compromises and changes, but it doesn’t mean that we have to turn our lives upside down in order to live a longer, healthier life.

Here are three simple extenders that we can all eat better and stay fit without turning into a complete vegetarian or becoming a fitness fanatic.

1. Go Tropical

A little known Polynesian secret to healthier living is coconut oil, which can be used both externally and internally for better health. The website Wellness Mama lists 101 different ways that coconut oil can enrich our bodies and minds. Here are just three of them:

  1. COOKING: With a lower smoking point, this oil can replace butter and other more fattening frying ingredients.
  1. MOISTURIZE: Can replace more expensive brands of diaper rubs, skin cream, lotions and a great cure for sunburns.
  1. VITAMINS: Increases the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. Research has also shown that it can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Take Care of Your Hair Style and Health

Your hairs health and style tells a lot about your personality, nature, health and about your current situation. Especially in a nursing profession some hospitals strictly instruct to tie your hair or are covered fully. Most woman style hairs in buns or in tails or braids. This minimize chances of hair fall and hair distraction but at the same time tied hairs may provides safe haven for germs especially in a hospital environment and also increase chances of structural damages in hair. So when at home after work, it is important to let your hairs free and wash them regularly. And to undo hair curls caused by being tied all day you may use any best flat iron to straighten them that uses ionic technology to make hairs straight. In Ionic hair straightening is known for straightening curls using less heat and keeping hair moisture within hairs by emitting negative ions from tourmaline plates to counteract with positive ions of hairs to reduce static energy and remove curls. Also apply hair mask and increase use of argan oil treatment to maintain and enhance hairs shine and health.

3. The Little Things in Life

When it comes to exercise, you don’t have to train every day to run a major marathon to get some quick results with some easy daily regimens. Using a timer or with the advent of things like the Apple Watch, we can remind ourselves to get up from seated positions more often, stretch our legs, take a quick walk, even perform a series of muscle exercises like “butt clenches” that can provide many benefits for the working crowd.

Making some minor changes in our diets and getting a little more exercise is beneficial for both young and old. It’s never too late to make some healthier choices that will help us live longer and much happier lives.

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