How to Think About Your Wellness Perspective
It’s no secret that keeping yourself healthy these days can cost you money – and those prices seem to rise daily. Developing an effective wellness regimen for your family will help you stay as healthy as possible. By taking a good look at some important factors in your life, you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible.
Know How Your Health Insurance Premiums Work
With costs for healthcare being so high, almost everyone needs some form of health insurance to help reduce their medical expenses. When you pay so much for insurance, it’s natural to expect your premiums to secure access for you to a team of healthcare professionals and adequate services to maintain your health. In essence, your insurance premiums become part of the total amount paid by all the insurance company’s subscribers to your insurance company. All those subscribers have spent their money sharing the ‘risk’ of needing healthcare services.
Insurance companies can profit because today’s insurance companies have recently begun actively promoting wellness. Therefore, most of the insurance company’s subscribers tend to use only essential healthcare services. When so many subscribers do this, it leaves a large amount of the total premiums paid by all subscribers to pay for the more extensive bills needed by subscribers who are seriously ill. The details of your insurance policy will dictate which services your insurance will pay for.
You may have wondered about third party medical billing– and how it may affect you. Because of the complexity of insurance billing, some insurance companies will outsource their billing functions to a company that specializes in medical billing. You may, therefore, get a bill for doctor or hospital services from a company you’ve never heard of. The third party services will often charge you a transaction fee, so you may prefer to pay your medical bills directly to your doctor or hospital.
Properly Dispose of Unused Medicines and Syringes
When your doctor prescribes medication, part of your wellness regime should include finishing all the pills – even if you feel better before all the drugs in your prescription have been taken. If you have an adverse reaction to the medication, call your doctor. Please don’t stop taking the medicine unless your doctor tells you that it’s OK to stop. Some medications can only be stopped gradually, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
If you do stop taking any medication and have some pills left over, you should never flush the remaining medication down the toilet. Pouring medicine into the toilet can contaminate the local water supply – especially if the medication is a narcotic. County and local authorities provide clear regulations for handling this type of pharmaceutical waste. Check with a pharmacist or with your local health department to check the proper way to dispose of drugs safely.
Another aspect of the safe handling of drugs involves the disposal of syringes and other sharp objects. If syringes are not disposed of safely, an accidental needle stick can occur. Accidental needle sticks can transmit blood-borne diseases (like hepatitis B and HIV). Therefore, if you regularly use needles to inject your medications, you’ll need to use a sturdy container like an empty coffee can to dispose of the used needles.
Check Your Home’s Air Quality
Because the air you breathe is transparent, it can be easy to forget there could be contaminants or other hazards in the air you breathe. Indoor air pollution can occur from building materials, mold, or allergens. If anyone in your home smokes cigarettes, the cumulative effect of secondhand smoke can cause lung diseases – even for non-smokers. Your home’s air quality can significantly affect your overall level of wellness.
Signs of air quality problems in the home can include unusual odors, high indoor humidity levels, and broken air conditioner units. Long-term exposure to indoor air contaminants, such as cigarette smoke or mold, can affect your breathing and damage other body systems- including your heart and the immune system.
If you want to improve the air quality in your home, you should first remove any known contaminants. One of the easiest things to do is to quit smoking cigarettes while you’re inside your home. To ensure the air quality inside your home, you should consult a contractor specializing in indoor air quality services.
Keep Your Family Cool on Warm Days
In addition to the air quality inside your home, other factors can also affect your wellness level. Your room’s temperature is critical to your comfort, and it can also affect your health. If your home’s temperature is too high, you can experience anything from mild discomfort to a complete loss of consciousness.
If you try to reduce the temperature in your home by only opening the windows, you may not feel a significant decrease in the room’s temperature. By opening windows on both sides of the room (called ‘cross-ventilation’) you’ll experience a bigger difference in the temperature. Placing a window fan inside a window will make an even more significant difference.
If you’re fortunate enough to afford air conditioning, it will make a significant difference in adjusting your home to a better temperature. For some people, like the elderly or chronically ill, keeping your home cool in warm weather can be critical for health maintenance. Contacting a local company specializing in ac repair and services can be beneficial when your home’s cooling system is not working. Their fee will be a good investment in taking care of yourself.
Keep the Family Warm on Cold Days
Feeling too cold inside your home can cause different health problems than being too warm. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can deplete your body’s energy and cause severe health problems. Living in a home that’s too cold can severely compromise your comfort and wellness.
If you’re fortunate enough to own a working fireplace, a properly maintained fire can keep your living area warm and comfortable. Fires must be monitored to be sure they don’t spread to other parts of the room, and so any remaining ashes won’t cause an unexpected house fire. You could also wrap your family in warm coats and blankets, though that may not be a permanent solution.
A functional central heating system is the best way to keep your home comfortably warm in the winter. Just like an air conditioner, a heating system may develop operating problems. Some companies that service air conditioners will also provide heating repairs. If not, your family should find a local company to help with any needed heater repairs.
Investigate Your Windows
A leak in the windows inside your home can cause severe challenges to your pursuit of wellness. During a storm, a window leak could allow unwanted water to seep into your home. The change in temperature and air quality from a leaking window can also cause your family significant discomfort.
Air that leaks into your home can increase your energy bills. In addition, window leaks can often result in mold infestation, which can result in severe lung problems. Chronic mold infestation in your home can also decrease your home’s resale value.
When you notice a leak in the window, you should correct it. It’s unlikely you can properly repair or replace a window in your home. You’ll therefore need to find a company that performs window leak detection. Once they’ve detected and evaluated the window leak, they can decide whether to repair or replace your window.
Check Your Furnace
As mentioned, you’ll need a properly working furnace to keep your family warm during winter. To be sure your furnace keeps working well, you’ll need to add regular furnace maintenance to your list of wellness activities. By following a furnace maintenance routine, you can keep your furnace running efficiently.
One of the most essential maintenance tips to get the most benefit from your furnace is to change your air filter regularly. Air filters will collect the dust and dirt from the air inside your home and provide you with cleaner air. Changing this filter will allow the air pumped by your furnace to flow smoothly. You can buy air filters at a home goods store.
With regular maintenance, a furnace is expected to last 15-30 years. When your furnace is no longer working efficiently, you should look at various available new furnaces and choose the best one for your home. One of the decisions you’ll make is about which type of fuel you’ll want to use in your furnace. Many home energy experts recommend using electric furnaces since electric furnaces don’t produce any carbon monoxide.
Evaluate Your Electrical Safety
Electricity provides power for multiple things in your home, so it’s an invaluable asset. To keep your home safe, you’ll need to add an assessment of your home’s electrical safety level to your wellness regime. Begin by checking all the power cords in your home, because a frayed power cord can result in a short circuit or a fire. Replace any damaged cords rather than using a temporary fix – like electrical tape.
Although you may need extension cords to help your appliances reach your available outlets, be sure not to overload the extension cords or the outlets in your home. Too many plugs in a single outlet can cause a short circuit or a fire. It’s also important to refrain from operating electrical appliances near a sink or tub, since water and electricity are dangerous.
If you’re building a new home or constructing a home addition, be sure the new space has safe electrical wiring from day one. Most people need to gain additional expertise to install safe electrical wiring by themselves. However, hiring one of the professional electrical contractors in your area can ensure your new building will be electrically safe.
Determine if Your Pool is Safe
A swimming pool can provide summer fun for the whole family. However, an essential part of your wellness regimen should be ensuring your swimming pool remains safe for everyone. An unfortunate risk in pool ownership is the possibility of someone accidentally drowning.
While your family or neighbors swim in your pool, you should always observe them, to ensure their safety. When you’re not using your pool, it should be surrounded by a fence with a self-closing gate out of a child’s reach. You should also remove any ladders or stools which could be used to access the pool area. Cover your pool for safety when you won’t be using it for a while.
In addition to preventing drowning, you’ll want to be sure your pool has no hazards that could cause an accident during swimming. Swimming pool repairs from a professional pool cleaner and maintaining a safe chlorine level in your water are necessary for swimming pool maintenance.
Find the Solution to Your Muscle Pain
Doing all this work to keep yourself healthy may cause a strain on your muscles. When you have muscle aches, it can be hard to achieve optimal wellness. If you apply ice or a cold pack to the sore areas right after the pain begins, it can begin to ease the pain.
Later, you should apply heat to the area. Heat will open the blood vessels and help decrease the pain. Some people relieve muscle pain by taking acetaminophen, but an anti-inflammatory medication (also called NSAID) will provide more thorough relief from muscle pain. As with any medication, do not exceed the maximum daily dosage.
Other things to help relieve muscle pain include therapeutic massage and a hot tub. Using a hot tub can be very soothing for someone with muscle pain because increased blood flow will loosen the tenseness of your muscles. Soaking in hot water can also relieve any stress you may feel. Some doctors believe regular hot tub use can improve your heart health.
Keeping yourself healthy should be one of your top priorities. You’ll be on your way to wellness with a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and keeping yourself safe. You’ll find a wellness routine to help you live your healthiest life by talking with your doctor and following these guidelines.