One way for us to practice self-care is to take our medications on time. When we take our medications exactly as prescribed, we not only keep our blood pressure controlled, but we keep our body functioning at its best. Although our routine may be occasionally interrupted, taking our medications as close to the regular time as possible helps our body maintain its rhythm and keeps us feeling our best.

There are many ways that you can remind yourself to take your medications, and Health Advisors at Pack Health commonly recommend these three:

01 Insert your medications into an already established routine.

This could be placing your medications near your morning coffee, by your bedside, or even in your work bag. By placing your medications in areas you know you will come in contact with, it lessens the chance of forgetting your dosage.

02 Set an alarm.

Setting alarms is a great way to ensure you don’t forget. Over time, you may even begin to associate that time with taking your medications, even without your alarm.

03 Put reminders in plain sight.

Nighttime medications can be tricky. Sometimes placing your night medications in plain sight, such as on the counter where you come in, or by your nightstand can help you to remember to take your medications before bed.

February is American Heart Month. Taking medications on time is important for anyone, but it’s especially important for those of us diagnosed with hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. We may have medications added to our routine by our clinician.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. Your blood pressure measurement takes into account how much blood is passing through your blood vessels and the amount of resistance the blood meets while the heart is pumping. The narrower your arteries are, the higher your blood pressure will be. Over the long term, the increased pressure can cause health issues, including heart disease.

There are several types of medications our doctor may choose to prescribe based on our needs.

Here are two of the most common medications:

01 Beta-blockers

Some medications lower our heartbeat to relieve tension on our artery walls. These are called beta-blockers.

02 Water pills

Water pills, also known as diuretics, help aid the body in eliminating liquid bodily waste. Getting rid of this extra fluid helps lower your blood pressure.