“Simple Steps To Take To Monitor Your Health” is a collaborative post. Please see the disclosure page for more information. Disclaimer – always verify medical information with your doctor or a professional.
We all tend to get check-ups and make appointments at the doctor when we have issues with our health. And some of us tend to be up for getting regular check-ups at the doctors and the blood tests. But that doesn’t mean that you should just ‘hope for the best’ in between visits and simply hope that all is well.
While you see your doctor only a small number of times a year, you live in your body each and every day, so that means that you need to learn to be a judge over your health. Listening to your body and knowing what cues to look out for can really make a difference. With all of that in mind, here are some of the things that you can be looking out for and doing to monitor health in your life.
Monitor Your Energy Levels
There are a few ways to see if you are getting enough sleep. To start with, do you require an alarm clock to help to wake you up on most mornings? Next, think about how energetic you feel in the afternoon; do you start to feel drowsy? And finally, do you feel sleepy and ready for a nap, shortly after eating a meal, particularly in the evening?
If you think the answer to a lot of these things is yes, then you need to make sure that you are doing more to improve your sleep so that you can take care of your health. If you feel like you are getting plenty of sleep, then it could be worth looking at what you are eating, as well as an underlying health problem. (Side note from Cindy – I had trouble with always being tired for several months last winter and turns out I was vitamin D deficient. Also had two family members that have sleep apnea.) If you are sleepy a bunch, be sure to talk with a medical professional about this.
Book Your Own Check Ups
There are certain things that you can be doing with out requiring a visit to your primary care physician. For hearing problems, you could find a hearing specialist local to you have a hearing check-up. For questions or problems with your eyesight schedule an appointment with an optician. You could look into things like reflexology and massage as a way to care for yourself too. Acupuncture is an age old tradition for treating some ailments as well.
Keeping healthy can come down to a few basic things, and these four things should help you to monitor each day to see if you have been doing a few things each day that can help you to be as healthy as you possible. The first thing to think about is Produce. How many fruits and vegetables have you had that day? Then next is Exercise: have you been active or walked very far today? The third thing to think about is Relaxation: this can be different for different people, but it could mean having some time for yourself that day, had the chance to do some reading, or whatever you find as relaxing. The final thing to think about is Fiber. This can be all about getting foods like beans, grains, and other foods that are high in fiber. If you have been able to say yes to these things, then it will mean you’ve been on your way to a pretty healthy lifestyle. Maybe PERF is short for Perfect?! LOL
These are just a few tips for monitoring your health between yearly or bi-yearly exams. If you a have any questions on your health be sure to check with a doctor or professional. Do you have any tips that you follow to keep tabs on your own health? Please share in the comments below.