Today we’re taking some time to talk about…. *shh* healthcare. More specifically, we are talking about ways to save on time and Healthcare costs for busy young professionals, like myself. Want to learn how to save money by NOT getting sick in the first place? Find out how to prevent getting sick and more…
First things first, I hate getting sick. It sucks. I mean, I don’t think I’m saying anything crazy nuts here, I’m pretty sure everyone hates being sick. There’s nothing fun about getting sick when you’re an adult cause there’s no sick days out of school for a young professional. You’ve gotta get your butt to work and if you can’t go in, you better get well REAL soon cause work is just gonna keep piling on you. So yeah. Getting sick sucks.
I used to get strep throat every year for the past couple of years, except the last two. I would be fine allll year until I’d get strep and I’d be sick for like a week. Then I’d be fine again for a whole week. I haven’t gotten strep in a while but now I do get colds and they tend to be intense – my last one lasted a week and a half! It was me feeling crappy but not totally bad, but it lasted very long. Meh.
So I wanted to spend today to talk about how to PREVENT getting a cold – since this is the BEST way to save on money and healthcare costs. Simple. Don’t get sick! I’m all for prevention over treatment.
5 Tips on How to Prevent Getting a Cold
1. Sleepy time
Get your Zzzzz’s people! It’s so important! If we don’t get enough sleep, we become more stressed, and the more stressed we are – the less immune we become to bacteria and viruses. Therefore it’s a lot easier to get sick.
2. Chew on Garlic
According to Gene Stones, chewing garlic at the first sign of illness is a secret recipe for battling the symptoms and having them go away before a real cold emerges. This is interesting because this has been a natural remedy for colds in Poland ever since I could remember. Whenever I felt sick, my mom would make me eat a sandwich (one slice) buttered with fresh garlic slices on it. Gross? Yes. Helpful? Perhaps. It’s certainly worth a short. I trust the traditional remedies, there’s a reason they’ve been around for so long, I think.
Partying hard weakens your immune systems: whether it’s alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs- these things will lower your immune system making you more susceptible to getting sick from bacteria and viruses that are floating around. I’d say don’t party hard at all, you’re better than that, but who am I to judge. We’ve all been there!
4. Sweat it out
Exercise can be super helpful in boosting your immune system! Just another reason why it’s good to get your sweat. British Journal of Sports and Medicine released a study in 2010 that said that people were healthy and exercised were less likely to get a cold and if they did get sick, their illness didn’t last that long. Cardiovascular system is key here, so go and get that heart pumping. Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood helps!
5. Keep it clean
Most of us know that washing your hands well is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick, and it’s true! But to go a step further, you should also make sure to keep the common surfaces in your home cleaned, scrubbed, and disinfected frequently. Bacteria hang out in many areas like the sink, doorknobs, etc. I know you’re busy, but clean your house once in a while, mmk? Your health will thank you.
But if you do get sick…
Okay, but it happens. You get sick. I suck at being sick, I’m a total hypochondriac and it automatically think there’s a lot of things wrong. I’ve gone to the immediate clinic so many times in half-panic because I thought this and that was wrong but in reality, it was just something totally minor each time. I’m not even gonna get into this cause it’s embarrassing, haha. I’m in the process of not being such a weirdo about this type of stuff.
So the thing is – going to get treated (or even getting preventative care) can get pricy. A great way to save money and healthcare costs is going to Walgreens Clinic. We’ve got this Healthcare Clinic Chicago and I actually had no idea these even existed. I mean, I knew there’s a pharmacy at Walgreens (It was my pharmacy of choice) but I didn’t realize there is an actual clinic there too that can be a lot cheaper than going to the doctors. Good thing for #CollectiveBias making me aware of these things 😉
They have Healthcare professionals that can take care of you and provide treatment for your minor sicknesses, ailments, and conditions. Then for preventative care and wellness services, they do that too. I find it pretty awesome because there are Walgreens Clinics all over the place and they accept almost every health insurance. PLUS if you’ve gotta pick some medicine up, they have a pharmacy right there too (obviously) so it’s like a one-stop shop for wellness. You’re saving a LOT of time by making just one trip and getting it all done in one place.
I surely hope you don’t actually have to go and get sick to experience Walgreens Clinic, cause like I said – being sick blows. But it happens. And then you might consider Walgreens #HealthcareClinic. I will next time too!
Questions for you:
- What do you do to prevent getting sick?
- What are your own tips on saving time and money on healthcare costs?
Let me know in the comments below!