Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I dont make resolutions. Probably because I dont want to set myself up for failure. That said, I know lots of people do, and maybe instead of setting unrealistic goals for ourselves, we should use this as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the things we should be doing anyway.
Changing bad habits is a guaranteed way to help improve our overall health. Losing weight, quitting smoking, eating better- all respectable and important resolutions. But how about getting that pesky mole looked at finally, or going for your first mammogram? Or maybe its finding a primary care doctor or making sure your "annual exam" really does happen annually? These things can be life saving, so no more excuses. If you are fortunate enough to have health insurance, USE IT! If you arent currently covered by an insurance carrier, take a look at resources that exist primarily to help eliminate this barrier to care.
If youre not sure where to go or how to start, ask someone. Find a friend to go with you, make a day of it. Just do it. Make the appointments. Ask your doctor questions. Resolve to take control of your health.