Proactive wellness
Posted on February 21, 2024
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Approaching proactive wellness

We all know the standard drill: get sick, visit the doctor, get treated. But what if there was another way? There is a profound shift occurring in healthcare – a shift towards proactive wellness. This is where you actively participate in your own health and potentially avoid health issues altogether.

Proactive healthcare isn’t just about treating illnesses when they arise; it’s about empowering individuals to take control of their well-being, prevent diseases, and live healthier, fuller lives.

Why be proactive?

Think of your health like a garden. With reactive care, you wait for weeds (illness) to pop up and then pull them. Proactive care is like regularly tending the soil, watering, and adding nutrients to prevent weeds from thriving in the first place. Here’s why it matters:

• Better health outcomes: Early detection of potential issues often leads to easier and more successful treatment.
• Reduced healthcare costs: Preventing avoidable health problems saves you and the healthcare system money.
• Increased well-being: Feeling empowered to manage your health boosts confidence and overall quality of life.

So, how can you be proactive?

Here are some key tasks you can do:

Regular Health Screenings: One of the fundamental pillars of proactive healthcare is undergoing routine health screenings. These screenings can detect potential health issues before they manifest symptoms, enabling early intervention and treatment. From blood pressure checks to cholesterol screenings and cancer screenings, staying proactive with regular check-ups can significantly increase the likelihood of catching potential health concerns early, when they’re most treatable.

Maintaining a Balanced Diet: The old adage, “you are what you eat,” holds profound truth when it comes to proactive healthcare. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains not only fuels your body but also fortifies your immune system and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Embrace mindful eating habits and strive for nutritional excellence to optimize your health and vitality.

Prioritising Physical Activity: Regular exercise is a cornerstone of proactive healthcare, offering a myriad of benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Whether it’s brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or yoga, finding activities that you enjoy and incorporating them into your routine can enhance cardiovascular health, boost mood, alleviate stress, and promote longevity.

Stress Management Techniques: Chronic stress can take a significant toll on your health, contributing to a myriad of physical and mental health issues. Proactively managing stress through techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and engaging in hobbies can help mitigate its detrimental effects, fostering a greater sense of calm and resilience.

Prioritising Sleep: Quality sleep is vital for overall health and well-being, yet it’s often overlooked in our busy lives. Aim for seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, establishing a consistent sleep schedule and creating a restful sleep environment free from distractions. Adequate sleep not only rejuvenates the body but also supports cognitive function, mood regulation, and immune health.

Things you can do today:

In many cases we are aware of the bigger lifestyle changes and goals we should be striving for. It’s important to make this into practical steps though that you can do right now.

Schedule your regular checkup: Don’t wait for symptoms! Regular checkups allow your doctor to monitor your health and identify any potential issues early.

Consider preventative screenings: Are you due for a mammogram, colonoscopy, pap smear, skin check or blood test? Don’t put it off any longer.

There is no reason too small: Have you got a niggling cough that won’t go away, do you get sick more than you’d like or are you having trouble sleeping? Are you feeling a bit down lately? There is no reason too small to see your GP and with Evercare you have access to talk to your doctor no matter what the trouble is.

Proactive wellness here we come

Ready to take charge of your health? Schedule an appointment with your GP today! Simply call the clinic on 07 3608 1400 or book directly through your app.