Something that is close to my heart especially nowadays is to look after yourself and having a regular Health Check.
As humans we are always looking after other people which is fantastic but, we need to take time to do the same to ourselves. In addition our jobs are a big part of our lives. A nine to five job doesn’t always necessarily mean you will finish at five. We tend to think about the next day as well as just finishing that last task. For example a teacher will have planning to do for future lessons, marking to do, emails, external teaching etc. Which all takes extra time up. If you do have deadlines to meet and are using a laptop. A technique which I use is too take the laptop into my office (working area) and not use it in a when lying in bed or sitting watching TV because these areas are for relaxation and a time to relax mentally. Performing work in the areas can cause conflict and could potentially have a huge impact on mental health in the long term.
I completely understand that it is hard to get motivate to go to the gym, stay on a diet or even partake in social events. But if there is only one thing you take away from reading this today; I can’t emphasis enough the point of getting health check-ups, even if the issue is small such as a sore throat you never know how it may develop. Speaking from experience, having been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, a few weeks before being diagnosed I felt so lethargic. Waking up and getting out of bed was a massive struggle and in work I could hardly stand for more than 10 minutes. In addition I had to keep going to the toilet every 30 minutes. In my naivety I ignored the obvious signs that something was not right until I collapsed. If I had looked after myself properly and performed the right actions my recovery would have been a lot smoother and could have limited future repercussions.
NHS Health Check
For between the ages of 40 and 74 the NHS offer a free NHS Health Check, provided you don’t have one of a specified number of pre-existing conditions. Its aim is to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. The old we get the higher the risk becomes of developing one of these conditions. If you have not received a letter from your GP or local council inviting you to book your Health Check then get in contact with your surgery. If you are at risk, the sooner you act the more there is that can be done to help or combat any issues.
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