4 Tips to Help You Manage Your Health in the New Year
- by Mellissa S.
- January 16, 2017
Mellissa S. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
It’s that time of year again! Time to make New Year’s resolutions. How about taking charge of your health goals? Don’t worry; this can be achievable and easy to follow through on. Here are a few simple ways to manage your health this year.
- Keep a health journal.
A health journal is a great way to track relapsing MS symptoms and your general health. It can be as simple as keeping a running log on your phone, using the planner that you already keep for school or work, or even writing on your calendar at home. It doesn’t have to be a novel; you can keep it as short as a few sentences or key words about how you are feeling. Bring this to each health appointment to give your health care provider a brief snapshot of how you have been doing since the last visit. It also allows you to track your health and might help you notice issues you wish to discuss with your healthcare provider.
- Schedule a follow-up with your health care provider.
Making sure you have regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider is a key step in managing your health. Ensure you and your healthcare provider are in agreement on your goals and doing all you can to meet those goals. Whether it’s your primary care provider or your neurologist, get an appointment on the books. Check out these five tips to get the most out of your next doctor’s appointment.
- Set a few achievable health goals.
After speaking with your healthcare provider, you might have a few personal goals in mind. Pick a few goals that are achievable within the next year and write them down in a place where you will see them easily. Look at your goals daily and, each day, do one thing that brings you closer to achieving those goals. If one goal is to eat better, consider choosing a healthier option for lunch rather than fast food. If you want to reduce your stress, try scheduling a 10- or 15-minute period to go somewhere quiet to read, listen to music, take a short walk or sleep. These may seem like small things, but the small things add up. At the end of the year, look at your goals and see the progress you have made!
- Make time for rest.
We are very good at being busy and caring for others, but we sometimes fail to take care of ourselves. It is so important — especially if you are someone with relapsing multiple sclerosis — to set aside time to rest. You may have to set time aside on a daily basis so you do not overdo it or schedule something weekly to recharge yourself. Taking time to rest is important.
These are a few tips on how to get started. I hope this has been beneficial to you and you can tailor these ideas to suit your goals. We’d love to hear what you do to manage your health!
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Shared Solutions® Nurse
About The Author
Mellissa S., RN: I work for Teva's Shared Solutions® and I have been a nurse for over 6 years.
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Rodney Haug | January 16, 2017I appreciate the tips i do or have all of these still helpful ether way thank you
Teva's Lift MS Team | January 17, 2017It’s comments like yours that inspire us each day, Rodney! Thanks for helping nurture the Lift MS community.
Nicole | January 29, 2017No matter any situation, go at your pace instead of being rushed. If you don't pace yourself, wherever/whatever you're trying to accomplish will be missing something. Then it will have to schedule another spot in your already full calendar again.
Margie | November 29, 2017Thanks for the tips! I especially like the one about scheduling rest, meditation. It helps me a lot when I remember to do this! I'm trying to eat more vegetables for healthier eating. I bought an electric pressure cooker (instant pot). It's healthier and saves time and energy. Cleanup is a breeze! One pot! It's especially important at this time of the year!
Teva's Lift MS Team | November 30, 2017We strive to make Lift MS an informative and inspiring community, Margie. Thanks for your part in making it so.