Summer is quickly coming to a close, and for many, school is already underway. Some parents have been so consumed with back-to-school preparations for their children that they may have overlooked their own health.
Here’s our checklist for parents to be on their A-game all school year:
Schedule routine physicals and preventative annual screenings now
Even if you aren’t due until later in the year or early next year, go ahead and make the appointment.
Receive the COVID-19 vaccine or booster if you haven’t already
- Everyone six months of age and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
- Everyone ages five years or older should get one booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series.
- Two boosters are recommended for adults ages 50 and older and some people ages 12 and older with moderately or severely compromised immune systems.
- Visit CDC.gov or check with your doctor if you have questions.
Toss expired prescriptions and make sure you are set with refills
Take time to organize
The more organized you can be, the less stress you’re likely to have as the school year begins.
Establish positive sleep, eating and exercise habits
- Talk with your primary care doctor to address any issues or concerns you have with sleeping patterns, nutrition and physical activity.
- Don’t have a primary care physician? Find one here.
Read with your kids
- Reading with your children not only helps their academic performance, it also keeps your mind sharp.
If you are struggling with your mental health, seek out resources to help
- Talk with a behavioral health specialist during your next primary care appointment. Find a provider here.
- Utilize your employer’s Employee Assistance Program if applicable.
- Contact The Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network, offered through Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a free and confidential behavioral health connection resource.