Taking a temperature reading regularly is important to note any changes in body temperature, as this can be an indication of infection or other illnesses. An individual can take their temperature using a thermometer, or there are now digital thermometers that use infrared technology to measure the heat radiating from the body. Normal body temperatures should range between 97.8 to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.5 and 37 degrees Celsius).
2. Blood Pressure.
Blood pressure is an important indicator of overall health, as it measures the amount of force exerted by your heart against the walls of your arteries as it pumps blood around your body. An individual can use a sphygmomanometer to measure their blood pressure at home which requires placing an inflatable cuff around their arm and using a stethoscope to listen for changes in sound when measurements are taken. Normal blood pressure readings should be 120/80 mmHg or lower.
3. Heart Rate.
The heart rate is a measure that expresses the number of times a person’s heart beats per minute. This can be measured using a stethoscope, or a person can monitor their heart rate manually by counting the number of beats in a 15-second period and then multiplying this number by 4 to arrive at an approximate number for their resting heart rate (which should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute).
4. Respiratory Rate.
The respiratory rate is the number of breaths that someone takes per minute, which is important to monitor as it helps indicate how well the lungs are functioning. To measure respiratory rate, individuals should count all breaths taken over a 1-minute period while they’re in a relaxed state (not during exercise). Normal breathing rates tend to range from 12 to 20 breaths per minute.
5. Weight & Body Mass Index (BMI).
Regularly checking one’s weight is important to note any changes, as this can indicate a potential health problem. An individual should also use their height and weight measurements to calculate their body mass index (BMI), which helps inform whether an individual is in a healthy weight range for their age and sex. A normal BMI should range between 18.5 and 24.9 for adults aged 20 or over.
6. Pain or Discomfort Levels.
It is important to regularly take stock of any pain or discomfort that an individual might be feeling, even if they cannot pinpoint the cause of it yet, as this could indicate the presence of an underlying medical condition.
7. Sleep Quality & Duration.
Regularly monitoring sleep patterns can help individuals identify any issues they may have with sleeping, such as insomnia or other sleep disorders. Individuals should aim to get between 7 and 8 hours of quality sleep per night to support their physical and mental wellbeing.
8. Mental Health Status/Moods/Emotions.
Checking in on one’s mental health is important for overall well-being and should be a regular part of a daily symptom checklist. This can involve noting any changes in mood, emotions, or thoughts that could indicate the presence of depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues that require attention from professionals.
9. Other Symptoms.
Finally, individuals should also be aware of any other symptoms they might experience throughout the day such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and nausea. These can all be potential indicators or warning signs of a medical issue that requires further investigation.