You guys, it’s June. That means that the year is almost half over already – say what?! I cannot believe how much time flies, and how incredibly old I feel just saying that haha! But really, with the year almost half over, I’ve taken stock of my resolutions and I can honestly say I’ve got some mixed results. I have done pretty well in the spending department, and gotten rid of a ton of clothing and just things, even selling clothes to a consignment shop and making some extra money – yay! I have also worked really hard on being present and happy with where I am at in my life and not comparing myself to others. But I still feel as though I haven’t actually done a whole lot. I’ve had a pretty big setback, though, that I’ve been battling all year: my health.
I’m fine, really, and I’m not trying to be dramatic or look for sympathy, but I’ve also been sick 8 times in the past 8 months including, well, right now (which is so not normal for me). I’ve been to the doctor (various doctors in fact), and I have an appointment with a specialist coming up, so hopefully I’ll be able to figure out what the heck is going on, because it’s getting pretty annoying. And not only annoying, but incredibly tiring, frustrating and upsetting as well. The thing is, I am perfectly healthy a majority of the time. I (mostly) eat well, and exercise pretty regularly (though that’s been hard because of constantly getting sick). I haven’t been able to discover any environmental factors, and really it just seems like allergies, sinuses or a cold; but, it totally wipes me out for at least a few days, plus a few more slow days while I recover. It’s getting to the point where I really just want to know what’s wrong.
I feel so silly even complaining about something that appears to be just a chronic cold or allergies, except that I’m normally so healthy and I’ve never suffered from allergies before in my life. And when I do get sick, I’m stuck at home in bed feeling like total crap. What the heck?! As I said, I’ve got an appointment with a specialist, but so far the doctors are as perplexed as I am… because I’m perfectly healthy… except when I’m not.
My point is really this: go get a checkup! Did you know that it’s recommended that you get at least one checkup every year, no matter your age? Ladies, did you know May is National Women’s Health Month? It may have passed, but it is never too late to learn more about your health and your body! Even if you feel perfectly fine, it never hurts to get a checkup and take stock of your health. Here is a super helpful infographic from Oscar Health Insurance that lets you know when and how often you should be getting certain tests done. The more you know, am I right??
When I’m sick, I eat raw garlic (yes, you read that correctly, it is a miracle-worker and absolutely shortens the length of my colds!), I take an immune booster with Vitamin C, Iron and a ton more healthful ingredients, I drink lots of water and of course get as much rest as I can. When I’m feeling better, I try to eat a balanced diet, get exercise and keep stress levels low.
So, my question for you is this: what are you doing for your health today? Just because you aren’t sick, don’t take it for granted! Lead a healthy lifestyle and get regular checkups!
Public Service Announcement over, thanks for reading! ;)
PS. I know this post is a bit different from what I usually share here, but my hope is that it will act as a reminder to at least one person to schedule that doctor’s appointment, or really think about your health. And my pie-in-the-sky hope is that this will generate a conversation, here or elsewhere, about health, wellness and getting regular checkups. People who know me will probably smirk because I, quite honestly, hate going to the doctor and will put it off as long as I can, but given the current state of my own health, I’ve started to realize the importance of trusting and working with actual medical professionals (as opposed to, you know, WebMD). As I said, I’m not looking for sympathy, just hoping to stir up some awareness and maybe start a conversation. Really, truly, if you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading! :)