Edit: I’ve decided to start posting regularly again and I wanted to post about something totally random because I am kind of sick of thinking about WP lol. Thank you for your support and understanding and I hope you enjoy this post!
Most of us live pretty busy lives. Most of us work jobs that we have to commute to, or we are working from home and having to adapt to the new working circumstances or if you’re a student like me you are doing online classes or in-school classes. Many of us have children to take care of or pets who we have to walk and groom. That’s before we even consider personal activities, personal relaxation time or anything else.
So, it really isn’t all too surprising that many of us begin to neglect our own health and wellbeing. We’re so busy sticking to commitments and helping others that we will often let our own needs pass under the radar. But a good way to combat this, at least a little, is to make sure that you keep up to date with your recommended health appointments.
Now, there are a number of different health appointments that you should be attending and they may be determined by your sex, age and other factors. But for now, let’s focus on just a few that you should make sure to schedule into your calendar.
You shouldn’t only go to the dentist if you are experiencing problems with your teeth or gums. You should check in once every six months for a general checkup too! A checkup will help your dentist to identify any problems with your teeth and gums before they start causing you pain or other issues. This is ideal, as prevention is always better than cure.
When you attend your dental appointment, your dentist will take a good look around your mouth, can identify any issues and can recommend future treatment if any issues are identified. This is a time where they could potentially see warning signs of small cavities or gum disease. If you have underlying issues, such as wisdom teeth coming through, they could also carry out an X-ray to see problems that lie under the surface. You may also want to ask for a scale and polish, which will help you to leave the dentist’s office with a shining smile, free of tartar and plaque.
I am not sure if you are aware of this but I have talked about it in my other posts- I have weird teeth. I have very sensitive teeth and I have more teeth under my adult teeth so going to the dentist is definitely very important for me and it actually helps a lot to keep my weird teeth in check.
Now, let’s move onto another common, but less regular, health appointment – eye tests. It’s generally recommended that you get an eye test with a professional optician once every two years. The appointment really doesn’t take all too long – roughly half an hour in total. Half an hour every two years really isn’t all too much of an ask, but can make all the difference to your health!
So, what can you expect during an eye appointment? Well, first you will find that your optician will take a look at the health of your eye from front to back. They may take some pictures. This will help them to determine if your eyes are health are not. If they diagnose any conditions, you can then be referred on to receive treatment for them. These conditions can be eye related, such as glaucoma or cataracts, or they could entail your wider health, such as diabetes. Without an eye test, these conditions could be left undiagnosed and could potentially worsen over time. Another part of the eye test will check your colour vision and alertness.
Finally, you’ll encounter the most famous part of any eye test – the part where you read letters from a board at a distance. This will help your optometrist to determine if your sight has deteriorated at all. If it has, they can prescribe you lenses that can rectify your vision and help you to see more clearly. This prescription can then help you to choose some glasses or contact lenses to help you with your vision in day to day life. You can find more info here.
If you are a woman over the age of 25, you should make the time to attend a cervical screening appointment as and when is appropriate for your age group. This appointment is common and consequently has a variety of names that people will refer to it with. You may hear people referring to cervical screening as a “smear test” or a “pap smear”. These are all exactly the same procedure and the appointments will all be exactly the same. Cervical screening is a process that will take swabs from your cervix (the entrance or “barrier” between your womb and your vagina) so that medical professionals can take a look at cellular material there and identify any existing irregularities.
If the professionals do find any irregularities, they are likely to carry out further testing as a precautionary check for cancerous cells or cancer. Between the ages of 25 and 44, you will have a cervical screening carried out once every three years. Between 45 and 60, you will be asked to have a cervical screening carried out once every five years.
Scheduling these appointments into your calendar really isn’t too difficult a task to carry out. None of them will take up all too much of your time, but each can make a whole lot of difference to your overall health and wellbeing. Sure, you may need to take others into account. But you should make sure you’re looking after yourself too!
So, take some time right now to determine when you are free and when you can fit these appointments in. Then reach out to the relevant places and book in. Make sure to avoid putting these appointments off. Once they’re done, they’re out of the way and you don’t have to think about them again for a little while!
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