Monday, December 12, 2011

Keeping ahead of your health

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Last month I went to the optometrist for the first time in a decade. I've always appreciated having excellent vision, but the hours I spend on the computer and reading apparently take a toll. The eye doctor recommended a mild prescription to help my eyes retain their flexibility when focusing on words on the computer screen and when reading books. It took some getting used to, this idea that I am suddenly a glasses-wearing person. However, wearing them does relax my eyes and make it more pleasant to do my normal activities. The most important take-away from this experience is that by not waiting until I had a problem, I improved my quality of life. I went in for a check-up and have now been given a tool to extend my healthy eyesight for as long as possible.

Sometimes being organized is about solving problems, and sometimes it is about preventing them. We've all heard the saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's obvious that washing one's hands and eating a balanced diet are preventative measures that are worth far more than cough drops or prescription medication. Being proactive about health matters, getting regular check-ups, going to doctors for wellness visits, getting one's teeth cleaned regularly are all things that can seem like unnecessary chores, but as part of a healthy lifestyle can keep us healthier and reduce time and money spent on treating ailments.

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  1. Great message. Your glasses are adorable!

  2. Get organized to stay healthy - yes!!!

  3. Having worn glasses for most of my life, I agree with preventative medicine. Being proactive about health is important these days with the doctor shortage in some parts of my home country.

  4. Love your message here, Lelah (and your glasses are great too!) Sometimes I think that we take better care of our cars and pets than we do ourselves. I like to be proactive with preventative doctor visits. So I don't forget, I schedule all my annual visits close to my birthday. It's just one of the ways I practice good self-care.

  5. You look adorable in glasses! I am always wanting to stay in tune with my body and do the things that will help it stay strong and last long. I am right there with you about preventative care!

  6. Thanks, Linda and Natalie. It's a good idea to schedule your annual visits around a memorable date, thanks for the tip!