After the pandemic outbreak, healthcare and especially personal health have become hot topics of discussion. Some of the biggest questions that many people are asking, “Is should you allow someone else to dictate to how healthy you are? Should you take your own healthcare into your own hands? Should you trust the professionals and just do what they say? But haven’t these professional also made mistakes?
With this many questions comes doubt. Also, you can find yourself wondering just which direction to go in because you have so many unanswered questions, and this can become confusing. But when you consider that all of these questions relate to you and your health, then it’s crucial that you think about the importance of this, staying health. Given this, then you need to think carefully about what your options are.
Let’s look at how you can better manage your health, and claim responsibility for your wellness in 3 simple steps.
Step #1 Conduct accurate online research
With so much information on the internet it’s hard to pass up using this online resource to find out more about our health and illnesses. However, with so much at your fingertips, the search alone can be exhausting and take considerable time. Plus, how do you know which websites and sources can be trusted?
Some of the best resources you can use confidently on the internet that allow you to do a little research about your symptoms, conditions and triggers for all health problems are:
- NHS – if you live in the UK this is the official healthcare service. On this website you can search for any type of symptoms you have and the search results will give you a list of possible conditions.
- Webmd – this source is a wealth of online knowledge created by doctors. So posts and pages updates are carried out by the professionals themselves. It’s a great website if you want to find treatments you can do at home.
- Symptomate – an app that is a symptom-checker. It can pair with some of your other technology such as your watch to use the heart rate monitor and temperature measurements to narrow down your illness.
Step #2 Find your own doctor
If you’ve used the online resources and you don’t seem to be getting any better, or you are concerned that your health might be at risk, then it’s time to seek professional advice. The best person to see, in this case, is your doctor. And, if you don’t have a regular doctor then you can visit a website like The Memphis Medical Society where you can find your own doctor.
Physicians and general practitioners (GPs) are doctors who mainly focus on non-surgical health issues. This means they are experts in modern medicine and are knowledgeable about the latest drug trials and breakthroughs in medicines. They are also a great source of information on the various self-care treatments and other health concerns that don’t involve surgery.
Step #3 Don’t be stubborn
Sure, taking your health into your own hands is somewhat liberating, but don’t become stubborn and think that you don’t need help, when you possibly do—often it’s less confronting to pretend you’re okay, when you’re not. So, while you think you know more than a professional about how you feel, because you’re the one hurting. Often a professional can offer you advice that you may not have considered prior.
It is also essential for you not to become disheartened because the professional’s treatment options don’t seem to work immediately. Don’t expect instantaneous results. Some treatments need time to work.
Also, remember that your doctor cannot experience what you are, so it is possible that you may need to improve your level of communication to get your message across. It’s important for you to remain open-minded when you deal with your doctor. This approach will enable you both to work more effectively together. And, if you’ve given it a go but you still don’t feel confident about your doctor, then it’s time to seek a second opinion by seeing doctor.
Overall, when it comes to your health you should be more proactive than reactive. You can do this by monitoring your health regularly, eating and drink responsibly and taking the time to exercise. This strategy will help you to maintain your strength and to keep yourself well.
Taking the reactive approach—by allowing yourself to become unwell—is always challenging.
Well, you have to race against the clock to find answers and diagnose your symptoms, which can be stressful. And if you don’t have a regular doctor, then this can add to your concern.
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