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Many people live with niggling health concerns each day, and often dismiss these as no big deal. However, living with ongoing pain and discomfort, or simply not feeling at your best can take its toll over time. It is incredible how much different you can feel when you are functioning at your best. Feeling full of energy can influence your outlook on your whole day. Feeling a strong sense of wellbeing can affect your mood profoundly. It is far easier to feel positive and enthusiastic about life when you are not feeling worn down by fatigue, stress or pain.

The issue is that many people don’t realise that their health and wellbeing are suffering until more serious problems arise. This situation often occurs because life is just too busy to allow people to stop and reconnect with how they are feeling both physically and mentally. Finding some time in your day to focus on yourself can make a big difference to your wellbeing, and will help to highlight beneficial lifestyle changes that you could make. Identifying the parts of your lifestyle that are harming your wellbeing is a great place to start. Here are some of the factors that can influence your sense of wellbeing:

Aches and Pains

Do you suffer from aching joints? Or, perhaps you have chronic pain. If you have accepted pain and discomfort as just a regular part of your daily life, now is the time to stop. It is essential to address the reasons that you are feeling aches and pains in the first place. Discuss your concerns with your doctor rather than ignoring them. There may be changes that you can make yourself, which significantly reduce your pain and discomfort, which can dramatically improve your quality of life. Musculoskeletal Australia offers lots of useful help and advice to people experiencing musculoskeletal conditions, so it is well worth checking them out as a valuable source of information and support.

Sleep Problems

Sleep and wellbeing go hand and hand. Without enough good quality sleep, it can feel almost impossible to function on a day to day basis. A lack of sleep can create a domino effect, and impact on your whole day. It is almost impossible to function at your best when you are feeling tired all day, but unable to sleep during the night. 

Sleep problems are a common issue for Australians. Research conducted by the Sleep Health Foundation revealed that 59.4% of adult Australians experienced sleep problems at least three times per week. Problems with sleeping can occur for many reasons. Identifying the reasons that you are unable to sleep is the first step towards resolving the issue. For some people, stress can be a major factor in sleep problems, or aches and pains could be disturbing sleep and preventing a person from drifting into a deep sleep. If you suspect that a medical condition such as sleep apnoea could be affecting your sleep, you should seek medical advice to resolve the issue.