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2017 would have to go down as one of my busiest and extreme years to date. I feel like I am still in recovery as I type this and wonder how I survived it at all. I often sit and watch young couples with no kids and just fantasise about things like taking my time to eat a meal, sleeping in, having no plans for the weekend and no one asking me what we are doing today, having an actual holiday rather than just transporting our family life and all of its responsibilities from one place to another.
There were a lot of personal changes going on in my life last year and on top of that it was a year of sickness for our family. My son had 2 cases of quite serious respiratory distress which he now needs daily medication to prevent from happening again. I was suffering from long term fatigue after having 3 kids over the past 10 years and never really feeling like I could catch my breath.
As the mum, I feel like so much rides on me feeling ok. It has become really apparent to me that when I am moody and grumpy and tired my whole family seems to catch it.
We spend so much of our time as mums looking after our kids and making sure they are ok that we often leave ourselves till last. I am learning that this doesn’t work for my family.
If I don’t have my physical health and mental health then it affects my entire family, so it has become a big priority for me to focus on my health and wellness.
How crazy is this! A few years ago I went to the dentist and it had been 10 years since my last visit …. 10 YEARSSSS!! I have always made sure my kids are up to date with their visits but can get so focused on them I forget about me.
This is a little embarrassing to admit but the dentist found 10 fillings! That is a lot of fillings. I justified it as one a year for ten years but still that was a lot of fillings. It was in that moment I was very grateful it was November and I had private health extras cover which meant I saved hundreds of dollars. I got half of them done in November then waited until January to get the other half done to spread my health insurance cover over 2 years.
Access to affordable dental care has been one of main benefits to having private extras cover for us. Did you know that nationally the combined insurance payout for dental claims is over 2.6 billion dollars to cover members? Ever since the 10 fillings day I have made a commitment to myself to go to the dentist at least once a year and look after my teeth.
Not only that, I make sure I use my private extra rebates on massages and physiotherapy for my body when it starts causing me pain and I am also heading down the getting old-needing glasses path which means I will save even more money by having private extras cover.
Making my health as much of a priority as my kids has meant I survived what was the most stressful year of my life and am still standing. Having private extras cover made it so much easier for me to get the help I needed with my eyes, my teeth or my body as I knew I could claim a substantial amount back. The key is to make sure you use it every year to maintain your body and health and don’t leave it 10 years like I did.
I also want to let you know that Private Healthcare Australia (are running a pretty amazing competition where you could win a weekly prize of a $200 eftpos voucher and be in the running to win a major $2,000 eftpos voucher!! All you need to do is visit this website and share your own private health cover story. It could be how you have used it or that you have been lucky enough not to have to use it.
Please look after yourself Mummas as our health and wellbeing is so important for our whole family.