2020 and the first month of 2021 have taught us to be more acutely aware of our own health and wellbeing. The global pandemic wreaking havoc amongst every population means that we are more focused than ever on being well. Of course, maximizing our wellbeing means tackling health issues head on. Here are some pieces of advice that can help you to achieve this!
A top health concern on most of our lists right now is Covid. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has been in full force for almost a year now, so many of us are now much better adapted to living our lives around the virus. We’re taking precautionary measures, such as keeping our distance from others, wearing masks in public, washing our hands regularly and more. But when it comes to actually dealing with Covid symptoms, many of us feel left in the dark. The key to knowing what to do is checking your government’s guidelines. As soon as you identify any Covid symptoms in yourself or anyone you live with, you should isolate. Check with your government guidelines whether you should have a test carried out. If you need a test, get one and isolate until you have received the results. If you test positive, healthcare professionals will then be in touch to advise you on how long to isolate for and with means of support if you need them.
Something that’s getting neglected by many throughout this pandemic is our sensory health. Sure, you may not be attending casual checkups in the same way that we might have in the past, but if you notice any changes in your senses, it’s still important to reach out for professional help. If you notice changes to your eyesight, get in touch with an optician who will be able to book you in for an eye test. If you notice changes to your hearing, contact a professional audiologist who can assess your hearing loss & background noise. It’s important to do this sooner rather than later to get the help, treatment and support you may need.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. So, treat it as such! If you have any concerns about your mental health, it’s absolutely essential that you reach out to a professional who can help and guide you on the road to recovery. As soon as you begin to struggle with mental or emotional health, or as soon as you notice any difficulties, it’s important to get in touch with your doctor. They’ll be able to diagnose any conditions you may be experiencing and recommend treatment. They could also refer you to support groups or recommend mental health helplines. Plus, there’s a wealth of information on all subjects of mental health through a number of online charities, such as Mind.
These, of course, are just a few areas of focus. But they are extremely important, so should serve as the perfect starting block for you!