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Self-care places a strong emphasis on “self” and there is no better way to boost your self-confidence than by taking responsibility for your health. A nutritious diet, regular physical activity, restful sleep, and calming your mind are all essential for health and resilience.
Self-care also means knowing how and when to turn to healthcare professionals for advice and treatment when needed. This is what we are here for, and many of us, especially primary care physicians, spend most of our time teaching our patients the preventative steps they can take to avoid health problems. serious or chronic health conditions in the future.
Here are some of the strategies you can follow to make sure your providers have the information they need to get you the most effective health care possible:
Schedule routine exams and “maintenance”
Get your annual medical and lab exams, dental cleanings, vaccinations, health exams and similar appointments on your calendar and treat them like sacrosanct. The more information we have, the better we can serve you.
Know your health history
Keep your personal health records filed in a secure but easy-to-access location, physical or electronic. Keep up to date with the medications you are taking and their dosages. Keep a journal of your visits to the doctor, especially if you see more than one provider, and of your vaccines.
Know your family’s health history
Work with your loved ones to put together a family health story in an easily updatable format, with as much information as possible about physical and mental health diagnoses. There are many resources online to help you record your medical history and that of your family.
Ask the right questions
Write them down ahead of time and / or bring someone with you, if you allow, to make sure everything you need to know is covered. Get details about new medications and potential side effects, ways you can treat your symptoms at home, and how to prevent the problem from happening again, if possible. Get scheduled follow-up visits immediately and call back if you haven’t got your lab or screening results within the expected time frame.
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