Another one of my favorite bloggers has stopped by to give her take on taking charge of your health. Make sure you check her blog out http://www.lifeishardlaughanyway.com/ and follow her on twitter @anoptimisticmom and on facebook. Keeping up with the health theme of the month Latorsha has given us a great post on what we need to be doing for ourselves.
Take charge of your health
Listen to your healthcare providers but don’t be stupid!
It is important to communicate honestly with your physicians and follow their directions for caring for yourself. BUT it is also important to listen to your body. For example don’t do things that are making you worse. It could be a sign of another problem. If walking 30 minutes was prescribed but you find yourself getting chest pain, listen to your body and stop. Consult with your physician immediately.
Do your homework and don’t cheat.
When possible research your complaints online, at the library, or a place that provides health care information. Although you aren’t diagnosing yourself being educated about the possibilities is good. This will also empower you to ask questions and gain more insight from the health care providers.
Now let me clarify what I mean by don’t cheat. Don’t expect to just ask around the Sunday dinner table and get professional advice, unless there is a professional at the table. Advice from someone who has no experience with the topic is not necessarily the best person to ask. You see, we all know someone who thinks they know everything about everything. But that is not the case. So don’t try to take short cuts and cheat. Do your homework the right way.
Make your health a priority now not when you get time.
I truly believe some people have heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, etc. because they don’t make time for their own health. Their excuse? Too busy. Well, there will come a time when you have run out of time. I’ve talked to people who can’t remember the last time they saw a doctor. I’m talking 20+ years.
If you have unexplained pains, or if things just don’t seem right seek healthcare advice. Yes. I know there are challenges. I understand. I been there. But while you are waiting for the perfect timing you could be ultimately running out of time.
Take charge of your own health today. I truly believe you will be glad that you did.
I have listed just a few ways to take charge of your health but there are many more. With that said I want to hear from you! How do you take charge of health?
This guest post by me, Latorsha, was written with the same disclosures that I use on my own personal blog. Please read it by clicking here for the full policy.
Opinions for this post are my own and should not be used as a professional resource, as I do not blog as an expert.