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How To Be Informed About Your Health

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The human body can be a mystifying thing. Add to that an increasingly busy lifestyle and different commitments, and it becomes easy to let your health slide. But really, your health is one of your most valuable commodities. Your work, family, and social engagements can all suffer if something goes wrong with your health. 

Being informed about your health can help you to stay as healthy as possible. Most people have at least some minor health concerns, especially as they get older. Knowing your limits and your specific healthcare needs can keep you on your feet for longer and may prevent some problems from either worsening or developing.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

If it helps, think about your body as a car. Typically, it’s recommended that you get your car regularly checked out, especially if you start to notice any problems. This prevents a more major breakdown, which would be both expensive and dangerous.

Likewise, you should regularly book health check-ups to make sure that there are no problems under your metaphorical hood. Even if you’re healthy, you never know when something might crop up, and catching it early is always better than putting it off.

If you do have a known health condition, then regular check-ups are even more important. For example, if you have problems with hearing loss, then you should regularly see your audiologist and have any hearing aids checked out. Take the opportunity to ask any hearing aid questions so that you can get the treatment that best suits you. The same principle applies to all health conditions you may have.

  1. Learn How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Whether you’re generally healthy or you have health concerns, there is always room for improvement when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to cut out every vice and dedicate your life to running marathons and living on chicken, brown rice, and broccoli. 

Even small changes can have a huge impact on your everyday life and your general health. The fact is, if you’re healthier, then you’re more likely to feel better. You’re less likely to have those days where you feel run down, and you may have more energy. 

  1. Don’t Neglect Self-Care

While good physical health can make you feel much better and may improve your mood and energy levels, it isn’t always the cure for everything. If you’re burnt out from work or other stresses, then pushing yourself isn’t the answer.

Rather, focus on your mental and emotional health. If you can, take some time out from external pressures and give yourself a break. Use the time to figure out what is causing you excessive stress and anxiety and see if you can make any changes.

If you need to, get some outside help. Talk to friends and family about what’s troubling you. You may also benefit from speaking to a doctor or other professional about your mental or emotional state. Your mind and your body are both aspects of good health, so both need care.

I’m rooting for you! xoxo

Book Your Health Check Ups (a gentle nudge!)

The majority of us lead busy lives and it can be difficult to keep up with ever-growing schedules. We have jobs to commute to. We have social engagements to attend. Most days, we have plenty of places to be and plenty of people to see.

So, it’s really not all that surprising that many of us will put off basic health checks in favor of other things on our to-do lists. Sure, these health checks might not be all that interesting and, often, you’ll find you go simply to be told that everything is A-okay and you can be on your merry way. But these check ups are important. If you are suffering from any problems you’re unaware of, they can help to identify the issues sooner rather than later, allowing you to get the treatment you need before it becomes painful, dangerous or particularly expensive. So consider this a gentle nudge from your friendly, neighborhood blogger! Here are a few check ups you should schedule right now (GO DO IT!) — 

Eye Tests

The first appointment I would encourage you to book is an eye test. Now, there really is no excuse to miss this kind of test. It doesn’t involve any pain or particular discomfort. Often, if issues are detected, you don’t have to undergo any painful or uncomfortable treatment. All you have to do is go along to the test, have your eyes checked out from front to back and then undergo some simple visual tests to ensure your sight hasn’t deteriorated or worsened. What’s more? This test only needs to be scheduled once every two years. Everyone will be able to find half an hour free once every two years, no matter how busy you may be! Find a good optometrist and arrange an appointment. You don’t want to face issues such as glaucoma, cataracts or a displaced retina untreated. Your eye test could even help to identify illnesses like diabetes if there are early warning signs. 

Dental Check Ups

A second check up you need to fit in is a dental check up. These will need to be attended a little more regularly than eye tests. Most dentists will recommend that you see them at least once a year, but preferably once every six months. During your check up, the dentist will survey the health of your gums, identify any issues such as decay with your teeth and recommend treatments as necessary. This could include fillings, root canals, a tooth crown or anything else you may need. Before leaving, you can request a scale and polish, which will leave your teeth shining and clean!

Hearing Tests

A less common check up, but one that many people need nonetheless, is a hearing test. You only need to book one of these in if you take note of any changes in your ability to hear. During a hearing test, an audiologist will be able to diagnose any problems and suggest equipment such as hearing aids to help if you happen to need them!

Of course, there are other health checks you may need. But these are the basics and should get the ball rolling in the right direction for you! Now, go schedule some appointments. 

P.S. How do vacations benefit your health?