Vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements can have a lot of benefits, but so many people forget to take them consistently. That’s not very helpful.
There are a lot of downsides to forgetting to take your vitamins.
- The unused vitamins and minerals aren’t keeping you nourished.
- You’re not getting the health benefits that you wanted when you decided to buy the vitamins.
- You are wasting your money by buying vitamins that you’re not using.
Are you one of the millions of people who sometimes or often forget to take their vitamin supplements? There’s hope. Here are 10 tips to stay consistent with your vitamin schedule, and many of them are easier if you use vitamin patches such as those from PatchAid.
Add them to a routine you already have.
The ideal goal is to turn taking your vitamins into a habit so that you don’t have to think about it anymore. Instead, it becomes something you do automatically each day. You might want to identify a routine that you already have, and add taking your vitamins to that routine.
Some common routines are the morning routine, which might include brushing your teeth and washing your face, and the bedtime routine, which might be similar. You might add applying a vitamin patch to those routines. Some patches, such as the B12 Energy Patch, may be better when taken in the morning. Others, such as the PatchAid Sleep Aid Patch, is more of a night-time patch.
Set a timer.
Set a timer on your phone to ring when it’s vitamin time so you can’t forget. Or, add a daily (or twice-daily, if you want to take vitamins twice a day) reminder in your phone’s calendar so you get a notification at the right time.
Couple them with medications.
Are you on a daily medication, such as for blood sugar, thyroid, or blood pressure? You definitely don’t want to miss a dose of prescription medications, so why not tie your vitamins to your medication? Store your vitamins next to your medications so you can just take them at the same time. With vitamin patches, you don’t have to worry about competing for absorption, so it’s okay to take them at the same time as medications as long as your healthcare provider says so.
Use a messaging app.
There are messaging apps that will send you a text message or other type of notification to remind you to take your medications or, in this case, your vitamins. You can choose how many notifications to receive and when to receive them. Then take your vitamins!
Use patches for convenience.
Vitamin Patches can be easier to take than oral vitamins, such as capsules, chewable tablets, or gummies. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about timing relative to food. You can have patches with or without food. You can also use multiple patches at once, so you don’t have to worry about taking certain types of vitamins at certain times of the day without interfering with other vitamins.
Reduce reluctance to swallow large pills or to have water nearby when you’re ready to take it
Switching to PatchAid Vitamin Patches may be one way to increase consistency when taking vitamins.
Everyone wants a reward, so promise yourself one for being consistent when taking vitamins. You can do it in increments, such as giving yourself $3 every time you remember to take it, and using that hard-earned money for a treat eventually. Or, you can have a bigger goal with a reward, such as giving yourself a spa day if you take your vitamins consistently every day for a month.
Put them where you can see them.
You’re more likely to remember to take your vitamins if you see them often. That means you could put them in the car, on the kitchen counter, or in the bathroom on the vanity. These are all places you may look at often. You might also put them in your purse.
You’re even more likely to take your vitamins if you see them right at the time you want to take them. If you’re planning to take a vitamin patch in the morning, for example, you could leave your patches next to your toothbrush so you see them. If you want to put on your vitamin patches at night, you could put them by your alarm clock so you see them when you’re setting your alarm clock.
Mark them off on a calendar.
Did you take your vitamins for today? Lots of people have trouble remembering whether they did. If that describes you, consider marking them off on a calendar so you have a written record of when you took each vitamin.
Remind yourself out loud.
Talking to yourself may sound funny, but it actually can work. You might say something like, “When I get home, I’ll start dinner and then put on my vitamin patch.” Keep repeating your intention to yourself until it gets into your head. After a few days or weeks, you might get used to this method and be able to use it to boost your memory for other things, too.
Make it a family activity.
Do you give your children a multivitamin and mineral supplement? Does your significant other take vitamins? If you designate a consistent time for all of you to take your vitamins, chances are good that at least someone will remember to take them, especially once you get in the habit. Vitamin Patches can be helpful in this situation because you can all put them on at the same time. Kids especially may get a kick out of helping you put on your own patches.
You chose your vitamins and bought them, so why not get the benefits? That means you need to take them consistently. With these tips and choosing easy-to-use supplements like PatchAid Vitamin Patches, you can increase your consistency to maximize what you get out of your vitamin supplements.