Tuesday 26 November 2019

Why You Should Put Your Health First As Your New Year's Resolution

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How many times do you go to see a medical professional about something and the first thing you say is, "I know I should have come in to see you sooner, but I've just been so busy with life that I couldn't find the time". You're not alone. According to the Kaiser Women's Health Study, more than a quarter of all women consistently put off seeing a doctor. It is not really surprising, and it can be challenging to put yourself first and above those who depend on you. But, if you don't make time to take care of yourself, you can't fully be there for those you love. 

It's not just about getting checked out either; it's about taking responsibility for the food you eat and the exercise you do. It's also about knowing what's right and wrong; it's about making sure you are getting the right advice. There are so many cases of medical malpractice, and it's often a case of something being missed rather than anything else. You need to trust your instincts and know when something is wrong, and something needs to be looked at. Luckily there are personal injury lawyers who know how insurance firms think so if you are a victim of medical malpractice there are people out there to help, but that is the point - don't put off getting that help. 

Many women don't make time to see health care providers because they are already balancing work and home life demands which doesn't leave a lot of time to care for their own basic needs, physically and emotionally, nor tend to their health care. Persistent stress can aggravate high blood pressure, insomnia, diabetes, herpes, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic medical conditions. It can also lead to poor concentration, irritability, anger, and poor judgment, which ultimately can affect your job performance. Outside of the workplace, stress leads to marriage breakups, family fights, road rage, suicides and violence. 

As a woman, you're an expert at problem-solving for your loved ones, but it's time to turn that attention on yourself. There is a tonne of obstacles that will prevent you from finding and seeing a health care professional on a regular basis, but in the interest of being your healthiest self to support everyone else in your life, you need to find a way around this. You need to prioritize your health or else you risk running out of energy to move your family or your business forward. You should always prioritize doctor appointments and when there, advocate for yourself and ask a lot of questions as there is a huge importance of knowing about your body and about being responsible for your own health care. As a busy woman, you need to think like a marathon runner and train yourself to endure what you need to.

It isn't that hard to prioritize your health; you can do it by preventative measures such as eating right and exercising, taking time to meditate and generally making sure you go to those appointments.

So, to start with exercising, not being overwhelmed by this is key. You should start out with a simple exercise that won't cause you to injure yourself. Walking is a good one to start with, and it's just about getting into the habit of doing it on a daily basis. If walking doesn't excite you, then how about getting an exercise DVD which you can do at home, following it step by step. There's no embarrassment of going to the gym and being around others, there's just a one-off cost, and if you can't do it, you can just keep trying each day until you get better at it and then you can advance and do a more challenging one. 

When it comes to changing your diet, it's a good idea to start off with a food diary to see what you are actually eating. Then again, make small changes like trying not to eat so much red meat, and when you do have it, make sure that it is lean and avoid the fat portion. Reduce your intake of food that contains refined sugars, such as sweets, cakes and biscuits because when you constantly fill your body with refined sugars, your blood sugar could escalate quickly.

Even if you haven't noticed any problems with your health, it is still important to go and get checked out by a doctor if you haven't been to see one for a while. Book yourself in for a physical to see where you're at and to see what you could be doing better. Put yourself first, and everyone else will be healthier for it. 

*This is a collaborative post*


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