From the desk of Lori Aufderhar, Summit’s Director of Operations/Retirement Coach:
When going to the dentist, just relax in the chair and think about being at a spa and enjoy your “spa time” – remember this is self-care. Think of when you have your teeth cleaned how good it feels, just like having a facial, pedicure, or manicure.
The same for when you go to have your eyes examined, relax in the chair. Do deep yoga breathing.
As we age, we require more maintenance, so why not enjoy it? Don’t dread the dentist.
Better to go to those preventative appointments to keep up on your health than wait until a problem occurs, which can be unpleasant when it’s easily avoided.
When we implement self-care strategies, taking advantage of preventative appointments that are often covered by insurance, we not only prevent disease, we feel better and have peace of mind, knowing our health is good.
If we find out there’s an issue, we are catching it early and the procedures to remedy the issue are typically less invasive than when we let it go and wait.
Simple changes can easily be implemented when we are mindful about keeping up with our appointments, our maintenance, and our appearance.
Why wait until there’s a problem that requires a visit to the emergency room? What do you need to schedule today?
Press pause and make an appointment with yourself and your favorite beverage. Include a note pad and pen. Don’t forget your phone and calendar. Think about when you last went to the dentist – need to schedule? Eye exam? Hearing test? Annual physical? Once you assess what’s needed, get on the phone and schedule in the next week or two. You’ll be glad you did.