Happy New Year, everyone! The start of a new year brings the potential for positive change and growth. For many people, a new year’s resolution can serve as an impetus to improve some aspect of your health and wellbeing. However, it can often be considerably easier to make a resolution than it is to achieve it or keep up with it as the year goes on. In order to help our readers stay organized and on top of their health goals, we wanted to provide this new year’s health checklist.
- Come In For An Annual Check-Up
There is arguably no more important step towards achieving wellness in the new year than taking the time to schedule an annual physical with your healthcare provider. Here at Family Practice Center, we perform Complete Physical Wellness Exams to help our patients gain a better understanding of the state of their physical and mental health. Complete Physical Wellness Exams take a comprehensive approach to wellness by including a wide variety of diagnostic testing, discussions of the patient’s medical history, changes and healthcare goals, assessment of existing medical conditions, and much more.
- Set Realistic Goals
Sometimes, the smallest changes can be the most important ones. While we understand that some people may seek profound results from their resolutions, it can be difficult and frustrating to, for example, completely overhaul your diet or quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey after years of smoking. And this frustration can often lead to an abandonment of the goal entirely. That’s why we recommend being realistic and making incremental progress on the way to your ultimate goal. Feel free to share your goals during your annual wellness exam so we can offer any assistance and encouragement.
- Don’t Forget About Your Mental Health
It can be easy for your mental well-being to get lost in the shuffle when planning on how to improve your lifestyle, but taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Trying to unplug from your phone or computer, taking a walk, meditation, and taking some time to connect with the people in your life are just a few things that can do wonders for stress after a long day of school and work. Additionally, if you feel like you are having difficulties and need to speak to someone, don’t hesitate. We offer a wide variety of mental health services to assist our patients with matters like stress, depression, and more.
With the new year comes a new opportunity to focus on your health. Our hope is that our readers will take these words to heart to take a proactive approach to wellness this year and beyond. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers, contact Family Practice Center at one of our four Atlanta area locations today.