Want To Take Back Control Of Your Health? Here Are Four Steps You Can Take To Start
These days, control can feel like a hard thing to come by. The pandemic has shown us just how fragile our daily routines can be, and we have had eighteen long months of waiting to hear when we can start to go back to normal.
It has been an incredibly difficult period and that feeling of powerlessness has been one of the most difficult things about it. There is nothing worse than feeling like we are at the mercy of something and that there is really nothing that we can do except sit inside and wait it out.
Things may be challenging right now, as COVID-19 case numbers may be on the rise thanks to the Delta variant, but we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Even if we know that we will be living with Coronavirus for some time yet to come, we have been learning how to navigate so that we can get back to something approaching normal.
One of the best ways that you can start to feel like you are getting back to your best self is by taking control of your health back. Here are a few tips to help you feel more in control of your body and your mind.
Find A Healthy Routine That Works For You
We all know how helpful a routine can be. The hard part is getting into one and sticking to it! With that in mind, it is always better to plan a routine that you know is achievable daily instead of aiming too high too early. Start by thinking about how much time you have that you can dedicate to exercise every day. Is jogging or cycling to and from work a realistic goal? Could you set your alarm half an hour earlier to get an aerobic work-out in before you start your day? Once you get into these simple routines, you will find that you can start to push yourself further. However, it’s the getting going that can be the biggest hurdle so start with those small wins.
Make Appointments And Talk To Your Doctor
During the pandemic there were two prevailing attitudes when it came to talking to health professionals. The first was impressed upon us by the authorities, which was that we should only make appointments for emergencies to minimize the risk of infecting any doctors, staff members or other patients.
The other came from within, which was “this is not serious enough to bother someone with when there is a pandemic going on.” Now that things are starting to get back to something resembling normal, it really is high time that you stopped ignoring health issues that you are worried about.
If there has been an issue that has been troubling you, then reach out to your doctor and request an appointment. Even if it does turn out to be nothing, you will have put your mind at rest and answered the question.
Start Getting Regular Check-Ups
It is a fact of life that, as we get older, we will be at greater risk of suffering from a range of different conditions and diseases. That means that we need to start paying more attention to how we treat our bodies. It is important to make sure that you are exercising regularly and that you are keeping an eye on your diet. High cholesterol and high sugar foods are classic problem-causers, but you should also think about reducing the amount of alcohol you are drinking and how much red meat you have in your diet.
But taking care of yourself is not just about going for a brisk walk and choosing the fish instead of the steak. It is important to keep an eye out for warning signs of health conditions that cause serious issues if they are not spotted and addressed quickly enough.
Make sure that you are visiting your doctor regularly to keep an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and you should really think about getting a regular cancer screening. Ezra offers an early, accurate full-body screening with the option to set up a yearly plan.
Reach Out To Your Friends And Loved Ones
One of the best ways to get into a good healthy routine is by making it a team effort. Now, making an appointment with your doctor may not be a group activity, but working on a healthier diet plan or getting into a new exercise routine could be.
Talking to your friends about the things you want to change can make a huge difference. Set yourself and your friends a series of goals that you want to reach and talk about the different approaches and techniques that have helped you. Share recipes for healthy meals that are easy or fun to make and challenge each other to come up with new ideas for how you can all get proactive with your health.