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You know the basics, and try to take care of yourself. You don’t smoke, watch your weight and try to walk more. When it comes to healthy living, you think you have got it covered. But it may not be that simple. Even people who think they are healthy may be making some common self-care mistakes that can affect their long-term health.
Even Healthy People Make Mistakes
Although you think you’re going a good job of taking care of yourself, are you doing it all right? Even people who are concerned about their health don’t always make all the right choices. But understanding what you are doing wrong can help you make better choices in the future. Below are a few common health mistakes even smart people make.
Not finding ways to relax: You know you need a little downtime to relax, but with all the responsibilities you have it can be difficult to make it happen. A little stress may not hurt you, but if you rarely relax, stress can become chronic, which can contribute to several health problems, including high blood pressure and depression.
Taking too many over the counter pain meds: If you pop a pill for aches and pains every so often, you’re probably not going to cause a lot of problems. But people who regularly take too many over the counter pain relievers may be affecting their long-term health. Too much OTC pain medication can lead to liver and kidney problems.
Forgoing sleep: In today’s fast-paced world, getting enough sleep is often not a priority. There is so much to do and only so many hours in a day. So what gives? Usually, it’s the amount of shuteye you get each night. Although it can vary, most people need about seven hours of sleep each night. When you don’t get the sleep you need, it can affect mood, alertness and hormone levels.
Don’t make the common mistake of being reactive when it comes to your health. People who are reactive, wait until a problem develops then they deal with the situation.
Instead of being reactive, take charge of your health and be proactive. Being proactive can prevent illnesses from developing. One important way to take control of your health and be proactive is by knowing your numbers. For instance, it’s important to know what your blood pressure and cholesterol are so you can make the needed lifestyle changes.
If you’re proactive, you need to also be an advocate for yourself. For example, consider getting a copy of your medical records. Reviewing your medical records can help you spot mistakes or things that were not discussed with your doctor. Having your records may also make transferring doctors easier. The prevalence of electronic medical records may make getting your own medical records easy. Keep in mind, policies for obtaining your medical records vary by healthcare facility.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there is something about your condition or treatment you don’t understand, ask your health care provider to explain. After all, it’s your health and wellbeing at stake.