Going to the doctor’s office might not be your idea of a fun-filled afternoon, but it could be just what you need to learn more about living a healthier, happier life.
Instead of racing through a check-up answering “yes” or “no,” have a conversation with your doctor about your physical and mental health. Being transparent and honest is key to taking care of yourself.
Here are some topics you should discuss:
If you are a smoker, have a have a conversation with your doctor about your quitting concerns (failed past attempts? fear of weight gain? family members who also smoke?) and find out what free resources are available to help you stop. Smoking-related cancers cause more deaths than breast cancer in women. A doctor can provide the support you need.
If you are overweight or underweight, talk to your doctor about your eating and exercise habits. Doctors can provide you with a detailed diet plan to get you on the right track.
If you are stressed, talk with your doctor about the cause of your stress. Your doctor can help you find a solution to this problem and also give you tips on how to stay calm.
If you are having relationship issues, have a conversation with your doctor about how this is affecting your mental health. Divorce, loneliness, lack of meaningful friendships and frequent parent-child conflicts are all issues that could affect your mental health.
If you are depressed or having suicidal thoughts, bring it up with your doctor. Depression is something many people struggle with, but they don’t have to struggle alone. Check out Smart Magazine’s article about putting yourself first to overcome a mental illness.
As always, if you’ve noticed something in your physical health that is abnormal (a lump, growth or rash), bring that up at a doctor’s meeting.