HELPFUL TIPS FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
- Take the sticker or label from your prescription receipts and affix them to an index card. Keep this in your wallet for quick reference when you need to share your medication list.
- Keep medications in a dry place! The bathroom cabinet is not the most optimal place. Try a cabinet in the kitchen or place the original bottles in a large zip lock bag and keep it somewhere in your bedroom. Be sure to keep all medications out of the reach of children!
- Take 10 minutes a day with no interruptions. Shut off the television, radio, cell phone, and computer so you can decompress and relax with yourself quietly. Clear your mind by focusing on your breathing. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for the count of 4, hold for count of 4, then, exhale slowly through pursed lips for a count of 6. This recharges your physical, emotional and spiritual batteries!!!
- Ladies: Empty out those heavy purses! They can put a lot of strain on your shoulders and back. The same goes for your children’s backpacks. If it is affecting your child’s posture or comfort level ask the teacher if your child can have a set of books for home and one for the classroom. This way they do not have to lug them back and forth from school to home.
- As we age our vision can worsen and our balance gets a bit unsteady. This increases the risk for falling. These few suggestions can decrease the risk of falling.
- Make sure you get your eyes examined and wear the proper corrective glasses prescribed.
- Keep your home uncluttered so you can safely move about.
- Don’t keep area rugs on your floors. They can cause you to trip very easily.
- Be sure to wear non-skid socks or proper footwear when in your home.
- Be aware of wet floors especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Keep good lighting in your home so you can see where you are going.
- Hold on to stair banisters. If your balance is really compromised sit on the steps when going down the stairs one step at a time.
- Don’t rush! You have plenty of time to get to where you need to go!
One fall can have a devastating impact on your health and wellness!