We’ve talked about health insurance and about determining whether or not your doctor/medical center fits your needs, two very important steps to getting your health and medical life on track for the new year. We’ve been putting a lot of focus on how exterior entities (like your health insurance company, your doctor, or your medical center) can help you keep things running smoothly in 2015, but this week we’re shifting the emphasis to discuss things that you can personally do to ensure that you stay healthy this year and avoid as many trips to your doctor or medical center as possible. There are a lot of different things you can do to better your health and medical life in 2015, and we’ll continue to focus on several of them throughout the upcoming weeks. We believe that one of the most important ones, though, is the following:
Set goals for yourself.
We cannot stress how much of a difference this makes. Whether your goals are long term or short term, setting goals (and actually working towards them) is one of the simplest ways to make sure that you succeed in becoming a happier, healthier you in 2015.
What many people don’t think about is the fact that many medical issues can be avoided purely by taking simple steps. Those bills you racked up from visits to your doctor about your cholesterol can, in many cases, be avoided altogether by exercising stricter eating habits. That CT you had to get after your fender bender may not have been necessary if you’d made an effort to practice driver safety a little bit more. You might not need that MRI for what turned out to be stress-related migraines if you learned proper relaxation and stress-control techniques.
Although in life some things are unavoidable, especially when related to your health, there are also many things that we can take steps towards preventing. So before we get too far into the new year, we’d like to urge you to take 20 minutes and set some goals for yourself that you believe will help lead to a happier you, a healthier you, and a you that doesn’t make as many trips to the hospital.
They don’t have to be anything crazy. The trick is to start small and work yourself up, so begin with simple steps like:
- Dedicate half an hour each day to doing something relaxing.
- Incorporate cholesterol-lowering foods into your diet.
- Exercise for half an hour at least 3 times a week.
- Practice driver-safety.
Small, easy to follow goals like these can have a huge impact on your overall health and well-being, and can help minimize your risk of avoidable medical issues. You may not be able to prevent everything, but if you can save yourself even just one MRI, that’s an extra $500 that you can put towards something else.