Written by Bella Reilly of Well Now Shop
Being proactive and taking charge of your own health is essential for a long and happy life. But how do you go about doing this? Many steps should be taken to become an advocate for yourself and your own health. Here are some tips.
Speak Up and Make Yourself Heard
The first step to advocating for your health is by speaking up, making sure you’re heard and asking questions if there’s something you don’t understand or agree with. This can be intimidating at times, but it is a must when it comes to taking control of your healthcare. As Reader’s Digest points out, you are the customer—it is the doctor’s job to be respectful and give you the best care possible based on your individual needs.
Technology has become such an integral part of our lives today, so why not take advantage of it when it comes to staying healthy? Keeping track of things like blood pressure, weight changes, diet information, sleep patterns and even stress levels can be done very easily through a variety of apps available online. Staying organized with all of this information allows you to better monitor any trends or changes in your overall health over time.
When dealing with a medical issue or illness, it is important to document each doctor's visit so that everyone can stay on the same page regarding your health concerns. Create a folder specifically for medical documentation so that if it’s needed during a future appointment, it can be easily accessed for reference. Always make sure that you keep a list of prescriptions and test results in this folder as well.
By being proactive and making small changes to diet and exercise habits, individuals can prevent future health issues, decrease their healthcare costs, and positively impact their overall well-being. Start by avoiding sugary snacks and drinks. You can also make time for more movement by taking the stairs (instead of the elevator or escalator) whenever possible.
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