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How To Take Control Of Your Health And Wellness

Joel CrossFit Cronulla 6

When there are so many competing demands for your time, ranging from work commitments to family obligations, your health and wellbeing often take a back seat and are pushed to the bottom of your priority list.

If it has been a long time since you addressed your diet and self-care routine, taking control of your health can seem to be a daunting challenge, but the benefits you will experience as a result will make the effort worthwhile.

So, if you are physically and mentally exhausted and want to come up with some creative ideas to help you get back on track and grow a new lease on life, keep reading for some of the best tips and tricks available today.

Take responsibility for your own healthcare

From wanting someone to be responsible for your health to taking personal responsibility for your own health, look at changing your attitude towards healthcare.

Most people have a traditional doctor-patient relationship, believing that the doctor is ultimately responsible for the patient’s recovery. In fact, people who take charge of their health study their symptoms and seek treatment for them. Furthermore, most physicians are overworked and do not have enough time to keep up with the most recent studies on diseases and therapies. Moreover, knowledge learned in medical schools can often be outdated and current science has moved on dramatically. Patients can now access a wealth of knowledge through books and the internet. With so much data available, doctors and patients must collaborate.

Of course, you should never ignore your doctor’s advice or that of any healthcare professional. If they suggest, for example, that you need glasses, look at, and if you need to take a particular medication, it is important that you take it. Or if you have missing teeth, you should get dental implants to have those gaps filled in and avoid other dental issues from arising. However, do your own studying into things as well and if you are not happy with something, discuss it with your healthcare provider.

Remember that one size does not fit all

Just because something works for someone else does not mean that it will work for you. Try things, but if they do not work, do not be afraid to approach your doctor and say, ‘actually, can we try something different?’. A good doctor will work with you to find something that does work for you. This leads on to our next point.

Make a note of what works – and what doesn’t

Keep track of how things affect you so that when you are not feeling good, you can go back to your list of what works and what doesn’t. This does not just go for prescribed medication, but supplements and other treatments such as acupuncture or massage, or even certain foods. How do you feel afterward? This will allow you to talk to your doctor much more confidently about treatments that are suitable for you.

Taking control over your own health and wellness can be quite intimidating but also very liberating. You should have a collaborative partnership with your healthcare providers, with you making the overriding decisions, rather than handing over complete control.

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