The Importance of Self-Care
One of the most important things you can do to take control of your health is to practice self-care. Self-care involves taking care of your body and mind by doing things like eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. However it also includes setting healthy boundaries, prioritizing stress relief, and many other less intuitive things that you may not think directly relate to your health (but actually can make a HUGE difference).
Stress can have a significant impact on your health. It can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, and muscle tension, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Excessive stress also INCREASES your chances of many more serious conditions. Prioritizing stress relief as part of your self-care routine can help reduce the negative effects of stress on your health, and even lower your chances of developing major health issues such as heart disease.
Seeking Medical Care
Another important aspect of taking control of your health is seeking medical care when needed. Making regular check-up appointments with your wellness team (such as coming in to see us for an adjustment before you’re in pain) is a PERFECT example of taking a proactive approach to your health and not leaving it up to “luck”. By doing this, you can catch potential health problems early on and get the treatment you need to prevent them from becoming more serious, or even prevent some serious health problems from developing at all.
Advocating for Yourself
Finally, I want to talk about something that isn’t talked about enough in the medical field; being your biggest advocate.
It’s important to advocate for yourself when it comes to your health. This means asking questions, advocating for the treatments you believe are best for you, getting multiple opinions from different medical professionals, and making yourself heard if you think something is wrong.
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that sometimes, the professionals won’t listen, or they’re having a bad day, or they’ve seen so many similar cases that they’ve become biased and make judgements too soon without getting a holistic view of the patient, or…a million other things. The point is, sometimes the professionals will get it wrong.
If you get anything from today’s blog, let it be this; no one knows you and your body better than you. If you feel that something is wrong, that your diagnosis is not quite right, or you’re just not getting better, speak up.
At On The Go Wellness we pride ourselves on listening to the patient, considering every aspect of their wellness, doing a thorough intake, and working with the patient on their care plan. But please, no matter how great your medical professionals are (chiropractors, therapists, general practitioners, anyone), you should always be your biggest advocate.
Talk to more than one medical professional. Do your research, give us all the possible information you can possibly think of and don’t hold back. Ask all of the questions you have. Advocate for yourself like your life depends on it, because at the end of the day, it might.
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