This post is sponsored by FrontGate Media and Foundation Fighting Blindness. All opinions are my own. Please consult your medical team for all medical decisions.
Have you been too busy to take time for yourself? To make a healthy meal? To jog at the park? To get regular checkups?
As we get older, sometimes we put ourselves aside to tend to everyone else. Then we wake up in our 40s and realize just how unhealthy we have become. Here are some tips to help you get your health back on track.
Keep a journal.
Track what you eat and drink for an entire week. Look it over. Are there healthier choices you could be making?
- Take time each weekend to write out some healthier (and easy) meals you could make for the week.
- Go shopping once to take away the temptation to grab take out during the week.
- Prepare some of your meals ahead of time on your day off.
Get Plenty of Rest
Not only do you need quality sleep at night, you need to be spending some time each week doing something you enjoy. It's best to take a few minutes each day doing something you enjoy, even if it's only for five minutes. Read, go for a walk, whatever it is that recharges you and gives you a sense of well-being.
- Make an appointment with your general practitioner and/or ob-gyn. The appointments you schedule need to include an overall physical health checkup, well-woman visit, and a mammogram. Check with your doctor for any other screenings you may need. Make a list of your health concerns before you go and be prepared to make the most of your visit with your doctor.
- Make an appointment with your dentist. Most insurance plans over two free cleanings per year. Take advantage of those few benefits your insurance offers. If you don't have insurance, some dentists offer monthly plans for care.
- Make an appointment with your eye doctor. Is your vision prescription outdated? Even if you have seemingly excellent vision, you still need to have regular checkups. Why? Continue reading to find out.
Learn About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Have you heard of Age-Related Macular Degeneration? It's possible you could develop it and lose your eyesight. That's why regular screenings are important.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? It is an eye disease that causes the loss of central vision, which is responsible for your ability to read, drive and thread a needle. Don't risk losing the ability to do those things? Learn more about it here.
What Causes Age-Related Macular Degeneration? While genetics play a part in this, some personal choices, as well as environmental factors contribute to the cause of this disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration? There is so much to be learned about this disease. Early detection can help you save your vision. Grab your free Guide to Age-Related Macular Degeneration to learn more about the disease, as well as it's symptoms and causes.
Take back your health this year. Better yet, take back your health today by choosing healthier meals, getting plenty of rest and taking advantage of annual screenings. You are important. You are the one that must actively make your health a priority.