New year, new you! The phrase is ultra cliche but it when it comes to improving your health, the saying carries some importance. Health can be a scary topic especially if you haven’t had a checkup in years. I think it takes courage to admit when you don’t feel your best and decide to make adjustments in whatever area of health. Here are some tips below to help you confront your health issues and take back control:
1.) Make Your Annual Appointments
Going to the doctor may not be the most pleasant thing in the world but this is the #1 best way to take back control of your health. Don’t self-diagnose yourself if you know there is something very wrong going on with your body or if you haven’t been to a doctor or specialist in years. Make your appointments, get informed, and clear you of any fears you have regarding your health. If any issue arises, you will have the guidance to take care of it the right way.
2.) Pay Attention To Your Body
All day, every day make sure you are listening to what your body is telling you. If you feel like you need more rest and you catch yourself sleeping at your desk, try adjusting your sleeping schedule. Pay attention to how your body reacts when you eat certain foods as some can make you feel better or worse. Make adjustments as you learn and recognize things about your body and yourself.
3.) Don’t Forget About Mental Health
This is very important! Though the conversation about mental health isn’t discussed much in the black community, it is an extremely important part of general health. If you find yourself battling depression, anxiety, or any other mental issue it absolutely ok. There is nothing wrong with seeking assistance. See it as a way of taking back your power!
4.) Have an Exercise Routine
Creating an exercise is fantastic! However, you don’t want to start off too big. If you haven’t exercised in months, then it is best to start off small. For instance, try starting off with a jog or going for a walk for only 20-30 minutes a day. Same goes for any type of exercise training you decide to take on such as yoga, Zumba, or pilates! The key is to start small then build your routine as you go along so you can feel your best without hurting yourself.
5.) Consider Changing Your Diet
Nothing says take control of your health than deciding to cut back on fast food, salt, and sweets! You don’t have to cut them out completely but it can make a drastic difference in your energy. If going vegan or vegetarian seems too extreme, make sure your diet consists of more fruits and veggies. Keep in mind the kinds of vitamins you are taking as they help improve your skin and hair health as well.
What are some things you’re doing this year to take control of your health?