As the weather warms, it’s important to pay attention to health and safety. There are a variety of ways that you can make small changes to your day-to-day life to make sure that everyone in your family is as healthy as possible. Whether you’re tuning up your car or evaluating your medicine cabinet, there are numerous health and safety tips you can put into action.
Consider utilizing the following tips:
Get Your Car Checked
There are as many as 6 million car accidents on American roads each year. As you prepare for adventures this Spring, take the time to get your car checked out. Basic maintenance can lower your risk of an accident, so be sure to take care of inflating your tires, checking your fluids, and changing your wiper blades before you hit the road. In addition, it’s wise to have your car serviced seasonally by a maintenance professional. These steps can go a long way towards keeping everyone in your vehicle safe and decreasing your odds of an accident.
Schedule Time to Unwind
Stay healthy this Spring by regularly scheduling time to unwind. Humans aren’t designed to work around the clock without stopping, and if you don’t make dedicated time to rest, relax, and enjoy life, you’ll soon find that you’ve flown through the season without time for anything fun. Instead, spend some time with your calendar and block out time to relax. Consider setting aside time for a hobby, time to spend with your family, or time to go on a weekend vacation this season. This time to unwind is extremely important, so be sure to block it out on your calendar.
Use Bug Spray
Before you venture outside this season, take some time to apply bug spray. Around 500,000 people go to the emergency room each year from a sting from a bite or an insect. Almost two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects. In addition, insects can transmit deadly diseases to humans that include: malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and even plague. Applying insect repellant spray when you’re outdoors can help limit your risk of being bitten by an insect carrying this type of disease. It can also help prevent itchy, uncomfortable reactions to insect bites, making it more enjoyable to be outdoors.
Evaluate Your Medicine Cabinet
Spend some time this Spring reviewing the medications in your medicine cabinet and checking their expiration dates. Expired medications and medications that you no longer use present a danger to other members of your family, especially children, and should be discarded. Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash, however. Instead, return them to your local pharmacy or police station during a medication return event.
Check in With Your Mental Health
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and depressed, even in the Spring. If you’re noticing that your emotions aren’t as sunny as the weather, it may be time to check in with your mental health. Consider reaching out for online therapy, which allows you to attend sessions from the comfort of your home. Online therapy provides access to mental health treatment for people who are disabled and cannot leave their homes, as well as to those in remote or rural areas. Many providers are now offering online services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing patients to attend appointments via videoconferencing.
When the weather warms, it’s easy to immediately jump into scheduling numerous outdoor activities and adventures. However, it’s important to also make sure that you take care of basic safety precautions for yourself and those around you. Utilize these tips to make sure that everyone around you is as safe as possible.