Health Check

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

Imagine this, your phone buzzes. It’s an email from your boss, in less than a minute, you’ve read and started to write a draft answer on the go and of course you're checking the time as you type. Indeed, I’ve got a busy schedule to keep up with, between work, the gym and your friends/ family. It’s fair to say that I don’t take the time to think twice before making a decision: time is a luxury after all! Here are a few tips on how I make the most of my time to enjoy more of "me" time!

If this sounds familiar, you’re one many, stuck in a never-ending race against time. But instead of racing like a headless chicken, you should stop and observe. Aside from how a fast-paced lifestyle can affect your mental health, it’s not uncommon to accidentally let your guard down about your physical health. It’s not that you’re not looking after yourself. You just don’t take the time to check in with yourself. If you’re the kind of person who thinks that that cold can go away if you ignore it, this is for you. Here are a few tips of mine to stay healthy, even when I have absolutely no time. 

Do you know if you’re healthy?
When was the last time you ran a DIY self-health check? Most people tend to go to the doctor when something is wrong. But keep in mind, there are warning signs that you can learn to notice before you find yourself ill and bedridden. No one wants that! Your skin and nails are the first indicators of a dietary issue. For instance, if your nails are weak and brittle, this could be due to a lack of iron in your diet and unfortunately it's a common problem for women. Addressing the issue early can avoid severe complications. Your urine can also reveal a lot about your health level.

No time for doctors? Yes, you do!
"I can’t make an appointment; I’ve got no time in my schedule." We've all said this before, I know I have! Digital technology has now officially addressed the time excuse. You can find plenty of medical services and apps that offer professional support and consultations online. It only requires a few minutes to sign up and use. So, if you’re juggling with a hectic lifestyle and health issues, you can see a doctor without needing to leave your office. It’s fair to say that it can be tricky to free up time to see a doctor, or even to pick up your treatment from a pharmacy, depending on your working hours. But you can rely on good ole' online technology to keep yourself healthy – you can even order your medical treatment on the web and get it from Simple Online Pharmacy. You can also Cut waiting time with a video call with your doctorIn short, what’s your excuse not to look after yourself?  

Work on long-term goals every day
If you’ve let yourself go, it’s easy to understand that getting back to the healthy path can be challenging and time-demanding. Taking the time to be healthy also means focusing on your long-term goals, and learning patience and kindness. True, you won’t drop a dress size overnight. But every effort you make is building up your health again. Keep your eyes on a realistic goal and acknowledge your situation. Bullet journals are great for long-term goals and help you stay accountable.

In conclusion, time definitely is a factor in staying healthy. You need to make a conscious effort to invest time in your health. Physicians and pharmacists are cutting down visit and waiting times so you can find time for your health. Let's not forget how important mental health is too, something that I worktowards everyday. Dear readers, have you checked in with yourselves lately?

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