Prevention is better than a cure. For our hearts, as well as our minds.
Prevention is better than a cure.
We’ve all heard the saying before, that it is better to stop a problem starting than it is to try to fix it once it appears.
And this philosophy has had a great effect in some areas of our health.
Take heart disease for example. We now know the risk factors for this – including poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking – and we have effective public intervention programmes addressing these. How effective may be up for debate, but generally we know that we should eat better, move more, and quit, respectively.
And if, for example, we want to move more, we know that we can join a gym to hear from experts. Or search on YouTube if we can’t be bothered to leave the house….. And interesting new research is showing that it doesn't have to be 10,000 steps a day, something as small as 10 minutes a day can have a big impact on our overall health an wellbeing. 10 minutes, a time frame so small that it is almost a challenge notto fit it in to your day.
Yet we are arguably in the midst of a mental health epidemic. Maybe this is due to increased diagnosis, maybe it is more on the social radar for other reasons. But no matter the reason for this, think about this. When you next take a train, or stand in a crowd