One of the most important aspects of life is preserving yourself for the later years. Usually, this means a combination of healthy eating, exercise, and avoiding injuries and illnesses. Sadly, this isn’t always possible because we don’t live in a plastic bubble. We are all exposed to the outside world and all its harmful bacteria floating around all over the place, tripping hazards, fast cars, rollercoasters… danger everywhere, hah.
Thankfully, researchers are always looking for new ways to improve our lives, and in the past decade, we’ve seen countless new innovations that have helped us bolster our health to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives. To give you three ideas on how technology has helped us, here are a few advances that we’ve seen in recent years that can have a serious impact on your wellbeing.
Are you really in control of your health?
I know you’re thinking “what the hell kind of question is that?” but I bet you haven’t really considered it before. I know I haven’t! Most people coast along in life without really taking control of their health matters until they’re forced to, when something goes wrong or a certain event happens that triggers it. And even then, it’s easy to lose focus and let other people control the direction your health takes. I’ve learned recently that it’s always best for you to take driving seat and make the most of your life and your health situation.
Even if you have a problem that’s getting you down, taking action and being in control can empower you. I’m suffering with pretty severe psoriasis at the minute, that is requiring very regular blood tests (and I hate needles) as well as tablets each week and consistent monitoring. There is no better feeling than being control of your own future, and this is even more important when it affects your health and wellbeing. Even though my treatment hasn’t completely kicked in yet, it feels better knowing I’m on the right track. If you’re still not quite convinced, here are some more top reasons to take control of your health.
Well… at least it is out of the way. We knew Chicken Pox were coming but just not quite… that soon. In a lot of ways, I’d rather Short Rib get rid of them at the age of one than when he’s five. It was a bit of a naff week, with a couple of sleepless nights but to be fair, our boy was a real trooper. Considering how itchy he must have been, there were very few whinges.
We did a lot of research from the minute we found his first spot, because whilst we knew it wasn’t dangerous, there was an overwhelming feeling of helplessness when it came to this. We couldn’t do a great deal to help, there’s no cure and we could only imagine how uncomfortable our little boy was (neither of us remember it, after all). We tried a LOT of things to try and help… here are the ones that worked best for us.
When you’re taken ill, be it a slow burner or a sudden turn, you will encounter a bunch of medical professionals. People who have studied for years, even decades, to be the best in their field. These are the people trained to get you back to normal and back to living your life and 99.5% of the time, they are wonderful people who do an amazing job. However, they are human and occasionally you’ll come across mistakes… or even more sinister intention, in very, very exceptional cases, just like one that has recently come to light, resulting in a Surgeon being jailed for fifteen years. Believe me, as someone who works in law, they are the exception… a very, tiny exception.
The fact is, you should be able to look at your doctor and know that they have your best interest at heart. And they do almost always, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t make a mistake every now and then. There is such a thing as human error, and it does apply to doctors as well as the rest of the working population. You can’t guarantee a doctor won’t mistake that will endanger your life or potentially damage your health. It sadly comes with the territory of a job such as theirs.
Children are in a vulnerable state while they’re young and growing. Their immune systems are still developing, taking in information from the world around them. White blood cells are forming and taking in all the viruses, infections and bile antigens that will eventually increase the fortitude of the health system for the child into adulthood. However, to catch any serious or impending health concerns quickly, you need to be vigilant and look out for signs which could help you in stopping the issue going any further.
So, as you heard, we’re off on holiday in two months and in a bid to try and ditch some pounds before I go, I’ve started running! Not very far and not very fast, but I’m out there. I’ve signed up toa 5k Colour Run in September, so I certainly want to be in shape for that (and at least beat my Mum, who’s also doing it!).
I’m very much at the beginning of my running journey and whether I fancy taking it up properly remains to be seen. It’s all well and good when it’s nice and sunny but am I really going to want to get out there and run in November? I’m not sure… but I have a nice set of would-haves if I decide to do it properly… this is my wishlist as a (very) novice runner!