Your checklist to staying healthy

July 01, 2020
Good Health Good Life

YOU’RE conscious of your health, right? You watch what you eat, you wear facemask, washing your hands regularly and sanitize anything around you. These routines keeps you safe and healthy.

According to Mayo Clinic, watching our weight, eating healthy and exercising may not be enough to keep us really healthy. There are other things we forget. Read on to know what other health care routines we need to pay attention. Remember, even the slightest symptoms should not be ignored especially when they reappeared or occur frequently.

* Skin care. Proactive skin care can help keep your skin youthful and healthy. First is to protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun. When you're outdoors, wear protective clothing and use generous amounts of sunscreen. Consider other skin care basics, such as avoiding strong soaps and manage stress. Skin care goes beyond sunscreen and daily cleansing. Understand the risks and benefits of tattoos and piercings, including the latest tattoo removal techniques.

* Eye care. Are you seeing things clearly? Regular eye exams can give your eye care specialist a chance to help you correct or adapt to vision changes, as well as detect eye problems at the earliest stage.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you might be considering laser eye surgery as part of your eye care. Understand who's a good candidate for eye surgery, as well as the risks and benefits of surgery.

It's also important to think about common vision problems as you age, such as difficulty reading small print, cataracts and glaucoma. Knowing what's normal — and what's not — can help you know when you need special eye care.

* Sleep. During the past three months of lockdown really cause anxiety to many. To some, lockdown worsen their insomnia, others experience change of circadian rhythm. That’s true, it can be tough to get a good night's sleep. Work, household responsibilities and family commitments sometimes take priority over sleep. Plus, if your partner is snoring, or you have financial worries or an illness, and quality sleep might be even more elusive.

To improve your sleep, consider simple self-care tips — such as sticking to a sleep schedule and relaxing before bed. If you're thinking about using a sleep aid, know what you're getting yourself into. Over-the-counter sleep aids can be effective for an occasional sleepless night, but they're not meant for long-term use.

* Dental care. Brush up on daily dental care tips, and know which signs and symptoms deserve a dentist's attention. Also consider common dental care questions like -- does whitening toothpaste really work, or should you use an electric toothbrush or a regular toothbrush?

* Nail care. Take a close look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Proper nail care is important, whether your nails are healthy or in need of special attention. Consider nail care tips, including how to keep your nails clean and trimmed and why moisturizing your nails can be helpful.

If you rely on manicures to keep your nails looking good, know what to expect from your nail care technician. If you have weak or brittle nails, understand the do's and don'ts of various nail care products. If you tend to bite your nails, think about what fuels the behavior. Remember, basic steps can go a long way toward keeping your nails healthy.

* Healthy relationships. Healthy relationships don't necessarily happen by themselves. Often, healthy relationships require compromise and forgiveness. When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or you can embrace forgiveness and move forward.

Sometimes, honest communication is all it takes to weather relationship crises and maintain healthy relationships. In other cases, family therapy or other types of counseling can be helpful.

If a relationship becomes abusive, take action. Seek help or advice as soon as you safely can — and look forward to a future with the healthy relationships you deserve.