Your health is part and parcel of who you are. When you feel well, both physically and mentally, you are able to operate at your peak performance levels. In addition, you feel an overall sense of peace, calmness, and happiness upon knowing you are in good health and doing everything you can to stay that way. In today’s busy world though, caring for your health can often be easily neglected.
Prioritising your wellbeing is easier said than done when you’ve got work, responsibilities and family to look after. However, it’s vital that you stop and take stock of your health regularly. If you’re not getting enough sleep, or eating healthily enough, there are some ways that you can tackle it head-on. It can seem a bit overwhelming though.
In this post, we’ll look at some simple and helpful ways to take care of your body and mind a bit better today.
Evaluate your situation
Life can get so frantic at times that it’s easy to forget to check in with ourselves. Stop and think about how you’re currently feeling. Aside from general tiredness, are you feeling more exhausted than usual? How are you sleeping? Are you eating regularly enough? What kind of foods are you eating? It sounds simple, but doing a basic stop and check of how things are going with your physical wellness is really important.
Things to check include the condition of your hair and nails, your teeth and your weight. It’s really important to check your skin for any changes or new lumps, bumps, moles or marks. Make sure you check yourself for lumps under the skin too – this is really important.
After evaluating some of your physical concerns, don’t forget to stop and assess your mental wellness too. How are you feeling at the moment? Are you making enough time for yourself to relax and wind down? Caring for your health means giving your brain space to enjoy itself and unwind. Take some time to really consider the steps you could take to reset your mind, especially if you’re feeling a bit wrung out.
Schedule some medical check-ups
Beyond seeing your GP at least annually for preventative medicine and overall wellness checks, you could make additional time in your calendar to schedule the following appointments. You might not need to attend all of them, but it’s important to prioritise a range of physical needs when caring for your health.
Comprehensive health assessment
There are many times in your life when you will require a more complete health evaluation. This may be based on concerning symptoms or just because you want a comprehensive suite of examinations to fully determine your overall health. Regardless of the need or motivation, you should schedule an appointment for a full health assessment package based on your unique healthcare factors.
Seeing your optometrist or ophthalmologist is essential. Make an appointment to see your eye doctor at least every year or two, or when you notice a change in your vision or unexplained pain in or around your eye. This could simply indicate a need for glasses or corrective lens adjustments or possibly something that requires more thorough testing.
Taking care of your oral health is crucial for your overall health. In addition to keeping your teeth looking and feeling their best, a number of systemic diseases have been researched and connected to poor or inadequate oral hygiene and care. You should see your dental provider for a cleaning, X-rays, and an examination at least twice yearly or sooner if a problem arises. It’s also really important to heed any advice they have regarding oral healthcare at home.
Mental health appointment
Yes, a mental healthcare appointment is, indeed, part of your complete health maintenance needs. When you have experienced trauma or loss or just need someone empathetic and impartial to talk with about life’s stressors, a licensed mental health professional is a good place to turn to. They can help you work through life’s problems, create goals to work toward and set healthy habits and boundaries in your personal and professional lives.
It’s not always easy getting the help you might need at the time. However, if you’ve managed to get an appointment with a professional for the first time, watch this helpful video for tips on how to talk with a mental health provider to get what you need and work toward a healthier you.
This is a collaborative post.