I am not a doctor or medical expert, but I do know, from personal experience, that the #1 benefit of living with less, is better health.
Stress does crazy things to your mind and body, so it only makes sense that reduced stress = better health. If less debt, stuff, and obligation = reduced stress, then it is clear that living with less = better health.
With all of that said, health is about more than reduced stress. Giving attention to staying healthy through proper diet and daily exercise can prevent disease and illness, or help you recover from it more quickly. Keep it simple, and do what works for you, but give your body the time and care that it deserves, so you can be strong and healthy enough to take care of the people you love.
To ensure great health, I think you need a combination of conventional and alternative practices. Illness is not cured with one pill. Stress is not relieved with one massage, and health cannot be restored without looking at the big picture.
35 Simple Health Tips
Develop relationships with health care practitioners you trust.
Eat fruits and veggies.
Rest when you are sick or tired.
Be as kind to yourself as you are to everyone else.
Laugh out loud.
Do something that scares you.
Trust your body.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Ask for help.
Visit the dentist.
Learn to be still
Spend time alone.
Spend time with friends.
Eat Colors not Calories, read the food labels.
Get regular screenings.
Take it easy.
Grow your own food.
Turn your phone off in the car.
Try chia seeds.
Stop making excuses.
Practice Yoga and Save the World
Move every day.
Read 10 Ways to Improve Your Health.
Cook your own food.
Most of these tips are common sense, but without the time, space and attention, our personal health care sometimes moves to the bottom of the list in terms of priority. It is your responsibility to be healthy. It is your obligation to take care of you. Doctors can help, complementary therapies
……but your body will tell you what you need. Take the time to listen.