While many people get health insurance to help deal with emergencies, the truth is that we can’t be sure of when life will throw us a curveball that lands us in the hospital. This means that every day that you wait to do something to improve your physical and mental health, you’re potentially increasing your chances of having poor health at some point in the future. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of getting sick before you take care of your own health and wellness—follow these five ways to prioritize your healthcare now and keep yourself healthy for years to come.
1) Know your numbers
Knowing your numbers is the first step towards taking care of your health. Blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar are all important numbers that will be measured during a routine checkup. The goal is to keep these numbers as close to normal as possible so you can avoid serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure later on. This includes getting your annual flu shot!
2) Track your symptoms
It is best to be proactive when it comes to your health and not wait until you are sick. Track your symptoms so that if you start feeling worse, you can share them with a doctor who will have a better understanding of your medical history. To track your symptoms, keep a journal where you list all of the things that make you feel bad, and put notes next to those entries about what was going on at the time.