Are you staying on top of your health?
Health isn’t something that everyone thinks about often Choma, but it’s an important part of our lives and we should all prioritise it. Good health not only keeps you feeling fit and well, it also helps keep your energy levels up and helps improve your mood and state of mind. If you feel like you could be doing more to stay on top of your health, then here are a few steps to get you started:
Start by exercising and eating better
One of the best and easiest ways to look and feel great is to get into a regular exercise routine.
Another great way to look and feel your best is to improve your diet. Even simple changes such as cutting down sugar/fizzy drinks or greasy junk food can make you feel so much better.
Change your toothbrush
If your toothbrush is older than 3 months or the bristles have started to fray, it’s time to get a new one. Keeping a toothbrush for too long can cause plaque buildup in your mouth which causes bad breath and may lead to other health problems.
On that note, consider getting some floss if you can. Flossing regularly is recommended for fresh breath and healthy gums.
If you are sexually active, be responsible
Choma, it’s important to be safe and responsible if you have chosen to be sexually active. Make sure you’re preventing unwanted pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by using either a male or female condom every time, and getting tested for STIs as well as HIV regularly at your nearest clinic.
Go for any check-ups you’ve been putting off
If you have any specific or even general health concerns, it’s good to book an appointment with your healthcare provider at your nearest clinic or public hospital to have them checked out.
There are many different specialists depending on specific health issues. Not sure who to call? Here are a few common areas you may need to get a check-up in and their corresponding doctors:
- Ear, nose, or throat- call an ENT Specialist
- General concerns and physical examinations- go to your nearest clinic or call your Family Practitioner or GP (General Practitioner)
- Skin concerns- call a dermatologist
- Your reproductive system (females)- speak to a gynaecologist
- Teeth and oral hygiene- contact a dentist
- Mental health- Speak to a psychiatrist or you can make use of the following counselling hotlines:
The National Counselling Line Lifeline on 0861 322 322.
South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26.
When making your appointment, make a note of the date, time and address.
Choma, getting on top of your health is important in order to improve how you look and feel. Not only that, but it will make you feel confident and empowered by giving you peace of mind.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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