None of us are immune from making health mistakes; not even the most health-conscious of us. Sure, we eat healthily and possibly keep fit too, but in some small but significant ways, we can also put our wellbeing at risk.
Here are some of the mistakes we make with our health and how to fix them.
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Mistakes We Make With Our Health
We sometimes miss out on sleep
It might be thanks to those Netflix binges that keep us watching long past our bedtimes. Or it could be because we are working late into the night if we are self-employed. We then hit the pillow at too late a time and consequently miss out on the 7-9 hour sleep that experts prescribe to us. The upshot of this? Not only will we feel increasingly tired, putting us at greater risk of an accident during the day, but there is the risk of certain health problems too, including diabetes and raised blood pressure.
The cure? Go to bed and get your beauty sleep!
We sit at our desks for long periods
Should you work at home, chances are, you are probably sat in one position for long periods of time at your computer. The same applies if you have a desk job. Engrossed in your work, you probably forget about your health needs, especially those pertaining to your eyes, which will get increasingly tired when staring at a computer screen, and your joints, which will become increasingly stiff. The upshot of this? We discussed some desk-related health issues a few months ago, including weight gain and bodily aches and pains.
The cure? Take a break every now and again, and exercise a little to loosen your joints.
We rely on Dr. Google a little too much
We wouldn’t seek counseling from a person who wasn’t trained in therapy. And we wouldn’t ask somebody without ENT Training to probe our ears if we sensed a problem with our hearing. Why then do we insist on using Google to find out answers about our health issues? While there are some dedicated and useful medical sites online, there are others that are written by people without the necessary qualifications or experience. A Google search can lead us anywhere, and we might read information that either causes us to fear the worst, even though we’re fine, or we might assume we’re actually okay, even though we need urgent help.
The cure? While it’s okay to visit approved medical sites, you should still consult a doctor for professional advice instead of relying on every tidbit of information you read online.
We don’t book our health checks
Another one of the common mistakes we make with our health? You might assume nothing is wrong with you, but some things are undetectable, and so it’s still worth getting your health checked regularly. So, even though your eyes appear fine, you should still see your optician. They can spot signs of diabetes and cancer when looking into your eyes. And regardless of how your teeth feel, you should also see your dentist regularly, as aside from tooth-related issues, they can spot specific health problems, such as anemia and diabetes, when looking in your mouth. Of course, you should see your doctor regularly too for a full body checkup, no matter how well you are feeling.
The cure? If you haven’t seen the relevant health professionals recently, pick up the phone and make those important appointments.
Have you related to what we have said in this article? If so, follow our suggestions, and do more to avoid these mistakes we make with our health today.
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