You’ve probably heard it before: prevention is the best cure. This statement is no mere cliché—it’s the key to keeping yourself as healthy as possible.
Read on to learn more about the importance of being proactive about your health, and how you can achieve this vital goal.
Relieve stress and anxiety
Maybe you had a bad day at work, and now you’re stressed out. But what happens when you experience stress day after day? Be proactive about your mental health and speak to a professional before stress and anxiety become chronic problems in your life.
Being proactive about your health can save you thousands of dollars over the long term. If you think about it, we change the oil in our car when the light comes on. If we don’t, things will spiral out of control and before we know it we have to replace our whole car engine.
Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are extremely expensive to treat, but can be mitigated or prevented with simple, inexpensive lifestyle changes like watching what you eat and getting enough exercise.
Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and causes them to break easily, often develops without the patient’s knowledge. Even if you don’t have any bone problems right now, talk to your doctor about bone health. He or she might suggest dietary changes, more frequent exercise or calcium or vitamin D supplements.
Keep in mind that weight bearing exercise is one of the best things to do for bone health, so throw some books in a backpack and go for a walk in the sun to get some vitamin D!
Catch breast cancer before it spreads
Women should be proactive about their health by conducting regular breast self-exams, visiting a gynecologist each year and getting regular mammograms after age 40.
Acupuncture is an important part of a wellness plan. It helps you de-stress, boosts your immune system and keeps things running smoothly. Making an acupuncture appointment once a month or seasonally can keep you both healthy and happy.