The mid-holiday quiet time can be a great opportunity to think about the year gone by and the year about to arrive. While you may have many priorities, one of the top ones has to be your health, both physical and mental. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to give yourself a 2022 health check.
First of all, make sure that you are registered with all relevant healthcare providers. You should be having regular checkups to assess your general health and the health of your eyes, ears, and teeth.
You can expect to be invited to these appointments – but only if your healthcare providers have your up-to-date contact details so make sure they do. It’s also a good idea to make sure that their domains are added to your list of safe senders. If you don’t have one, then you can easily create one. That will make sure that their emails actually do reach your inbox.
Secondly, make sure you have a way to track your health-related habits. This is a vital part of giving yourself a health check. You can use digital and/or paper options. If you opt to use a digital-only approach, then make sure that you keep a copy of your records. They can be very useful for medical professionals investigating any concerns or problems you raise.
Decide what you need/want to track
There are lots of factors that influence your health so there are lots of factors you could track. With that said, it’s better to track a small number of factors accurately than to track a larger number of factors sporadically. In other words, think carefully about how much time and effort you, personally, can commit.
In particular, think about how much detail you’re able to capture, especially if you’re keeping your records on paper. For example, are you prepared to keep notes of the types of drinks you have or just the fact that you’ve had a drink of some sort? Would it be more efficient just to track your water consumption?
Usually, the most effective way to decide what to track is to think about what your priorities are. For example, if you identify weight control as a major health goal for you, then you should probably focus on diet, hydration, and exercise.
Review your records
The whole point of tracking key health factors is so that you can gain insight from them. That will only happen if you actually make the time to review them. When you do so, be honest with yourself and be realistic about which issues you can tackle yourself and which issues need professional help.
In particular, if you recognize that you have issues with alcohol and/or drugs, then you should definitely get professional help as soon as possible. You might wish to start by speaking to your regular healthcare provider. They may be able to give you an onward referral or at least an alcohol and drug rehab list. Alternatively, you may prefer just to research options yourself.
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