Taking care of yourself saves you $$$

It’s true. Who wants to spend money on doctor’s appointments, prescriptions and possibly unpaid sick days? Not me (although I am lucky enough to get some paid sick days).

After a quite terrible winter two years ago where I actually came down with the flu TWICE, nevermind the 2-3 bad colds I got and a handful of migraines, I decided I was going to do what I could to keep myself healthier. I started taking my multivitamin regularly (wasn’t quite remembering to do that), watched my diet better, and most importantly, kept my hands clean with hand sanitizer and faithfully wiped down my desk as often as I could (freelancers sometime sit at my desk on deadline before I get in for my shift). And wouldn’t you know it, it worked. Last winter, I didn’t catch more than a weak cold. I did get a nasty stomach virus earlier this year, but I did all I could to avoid getting sick and having to go to the doctor.

The same goes for your teeth — dental work can be super-expensive, even with dental insurance. Brushing and flossing regularly keeps all that icky food from rotting out your teeth and inflaming your gums. I’m lucky in that I’ve never had a cavity in my life (*knocks wood*), and I’ve become dedicated to going for my 6-month checkup and cleanings. Which reminds me, I need to schedule one of those, stat.

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