8 Steps to Taking Back Your Health
Start taking charge of your health with these eight simple steps
It’s a known fact that people’s general health has taken a backseat during the recent pandemic. With hospitals at total capacity and the world shutting down, having regular doctor checkups isn’t even a thought in our minds. The question is, how does the world bounce back? Follow these eight simple steps to start taking back your physical and mental health before 2021 is up.
1. Drink Water Regularly
First and foremost, drink water regularly. The human body comprises around 60% water. Drinking water regularly can help reduce headaches, regulate normal brain function, and much more. In summary, moisture can affect every part of your body. Make drinking water fun by starting a water challenge with your friends to see how you can drink the most water or even compete with yourself!
2. Find a Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Having a primary care provider is an excellent way to stay on top of your health and also lower medical costs in the future. Who is a primary care provider? According to the Cleveland Clinic, “A primary care provider (or PCP) is a healthcare professional who helps you manage your health. They are the first person you talk to when you have any medical problem that is not an emergency.” The best way to find your PCP is through your insurance.
Already have a PCP? Start organizing your care team in your Cix Health, Healthbook. Learn more here.
3. Schedule a Physical with your PCP
A physical exam should be performed once annually depending on your health issues, according to Dignity Health. A physical can give you a better idea of your health and allow you to talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have. Being open and honest with your PCP during these exams can help avoid further medical issues. Keep track of your doctor’s appointments with the Cix Health’s events tracker; check it out here.
4.Do 30 Minutes of Activity every day
The pandemic’s lockdowns slowed a lot of our everyday activities down. Adding 30 minutes of movement to your daily schedule can jump-start you back into a healthy lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, “As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight, maintain weight loss, or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more.”
This 30-minute activity does not have to be rigorous. Walking down the street or around the block is the perfect way to get the blood flowing and step up your health game.
5. Have a Mental Health Check-in
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Throughout the pandemic, many people’s mental health took a toll for the worse. The feeling of isolation and transition of starting to work from home threw people for a loop. Doing a mental health check-in with yourself is necessary to take back your health.
This check-in can include verbalizing your feelings and creating goals for yourself that support good mental health. It can consist of taking a break from your job or reaching out for help from a professional. Psychologytoday.com is an excellent resource to utilize when finding a therapist.
6. Start tracking your food intake
Tracking your food intake can show you what food groups you’re missing in your diet and insight into what foods are not benefiting a healthier lifestyle. Suppose you’re unsure what food groups need to have a more balanced diet view Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate.
7. Track your Medication
It’s essential to take your medication as prescribed. It can be easy to forget with life’s everyday hustle and bustle. If you have a daily prescription for everyday health, scheduling a reminder for each medication can be instrumental to your recovery or upkeep.
With Cix Health’s medicine cabinet, users can add and track their medications. With the option to set reminders right in the app – it’s a one-stop shop for all your prescription needs.
8. Educate yourself
Learning more about your conditions and your health story is instrumental to being on your way to better health. Having all the background information on any requirement can help prepare you for any battle thrown your way.
Cix Health believes in giving our users all the tools they need to maintain their health, no matter their background. Start taking charge of your conditions with the creation of your healthbook – start here.
It’s hard to remember that every person has a different health journey. None is like the other. Completing one of these steps is a massive step towards winning back your health this year. Download the Cix Health App today to begin your better health journey.