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Health Tips from a Certified Nurse: Taking Care of Yourself

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Posted on Sep 01, 2023, 6 p.m.

The pursuit of a healthy life is more than a goal; it's a cornerstone for quality living, affecting everything from longevity to mental well-being. And yet, true health extends beyond mere exercise regimens and dietary choices; it also demands attention to less obvious but equally vital elements—timely medical interventions, mental fortitude, and an environment conducive to wellness.

Today, the wisdom of a certified nurse brings to light the often-understated elements of health and wellness, merging the complexity of medical insight with the practicality of everyday habits.

Health Symptoms that Warrant Immediate Medical Attention

Chest pain is one of the most common signs of a serious health problem, but it isn’t the only one that demands your attention. Tingling in your extremities, tearing sensation in your back, excessive sweating, numbness of the face, and swelling are other things that can be indicative of the need for immediate medical attention. You might already be having aortic dissection or an impending stroke when you experience subtle signs that you initially assume are negligible.

Once you experience bothersome signs, it’s time to seek medical help. You might not get to a doctor or nurse immediately, but other healthcare staff can attend to your needs, such as Certified Nursing Assistants. They’re licensed, so they can probably extend a helping hand for the time being. You can learn all about CNA Certification to better understand their role and training.

Build a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet transcends mere calorie counting; it's a blend of nutritional components that nourish the body holistically. It does not only prevent malnutrition, but it is also crucial for the prevention of many health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the pillars of a healthy diet. Whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins are also must-haves. Meanwhile, you should avoid processed foods, trans fats, refined grains, added sugars, and red meat, among others.

When it comes to a healthier diet, portion control can be just as important as the types of food you eat. A simple strategy is using smaller plates or measuring servings to help control calorie intake.

Pay attention to how and when you eat. Eating slowly and savoring your food can improve digestion and help you recognize when you're full, preventing overeating.

Emphasize Your Mental Wellness

Stress, a ubiquitous underminer of health, can be managed through several techniques. Progressive Muscle Relaxation, involving a systematic tensing and relaxing of muscle groups, aids in dissipating physical tension. Aside from managing stress, it can also help fight insomnia.

The 4-7-8 breathing technique, a patterned inhalation and exhalation cycle, invokes the body's relaxation response. Regulating your breath can help you control your mind, which is essential for your mental well-being.

Get Enough Sleep

This is perhaps one thing that you always hear, but still, many people are not clocking in enough hours of sleep. From having a busy schedule to the lure of digital technologies, your sleep hygiene might be suffering.

Sleep is the opportunity for the mind and body to recharge. Lack of sleep can hurt your physical and mental capabilities when you are awake. The general recommendation is for adults to have seven to nine hours of sleep daily. Optimal sleep conditions involve a room that's cool, dark, and quiet. This trifecta helps trigger the body's internal signals for sleep, maximizing both the speed of falling asleep and the quality of rest obtained.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is often touted as the elixir of vitality, yet its impact stretches beyond mere physical fitness. Exercise serves as a multipurpose tool: bolstering mental health, improving sleep quality, and enhancing immune function.

Activities like walking and yoga can be incredibly inclusive, suiting individuals across varying levels of physical capability. For those with mobility issues, seated exercises and resistance band workouts offer alternative avenues for physical engagement. Embracing exercise as a holistic health strategy paves the way for a life not just lived, but lived well.

Medication Management

Medication isn't merely a matter of popping pills; it's a regimen that demands meticulous planning and adherence. Given the profound impact that medications can have on various bodily systems, managing them effectively is crucial.

The most important is to have a comprehensive understanding of your medication routine. Writing your schedule and keeping track of them are must-haves. Also, don’t just drink any medicine based on what you read about or heard from others. It’s best to consult with a health professional.

Always read the side effects and contraindications of any medication you take. This enables you to spot adverse reactions early and consult your healthcare provider for alternatives or solutions.

Take Preventive Tests and Screenings 

Don't underestimate the power of routine screenings like mammograms, blood pressure checks, and cholesterol tests. The specific type of test or screening can change as you grow older. These simple procedures are usually quick but can be lifesavers, catching potential problems before they escalate.

Knowing your numbers and being aware of any shifts over time allows for early intervention, which often translates into more manageable treatments and better outcomes. Don't wait for symptoms to show; make these tests a regular part of your healthcare regimen.

Wrapping Up

Taking care of yourself is more than just a to-do list; it's a commitment to living your best life. From the food we eat to the way we manage stress, every choice plays a role in our well-being. It's about finding what works for you and your family, and making those practices a part of your daily life. Here's to not just living longer, but living better, filled with vitality and joy. Cheers to your health!

This article was written for WHN by Stacey Peterson, who is a content creator, wordsmith, certified nurse, and health advocate. 

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.

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