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Embracing a wellness lifestyle

Vincent

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As I read through this forum, I'm reminded of the couple of times I've been in the grips of hypochondria. It's hardly a surprise that this pandemic has many of us struggling with it, including me. When the anxiety got to be too much recently, I decided it was time to put a stop to the what-ifs. The bottom line is that we can't worry away the possibility of a health problem. We need balance. The answer that came to me is a wellness lifestyle. With that in mind, I decided to do a few things to adjust my perspective:

  1. Go to wellness checks on time, and go for the preventive procedures my doctor recommends (blood work, skin checks, colonoscopies, etc.). I also stay current with dental and vision checkups. If I'm experiencing something that might seem a little embarrassing or silly, I let my doctor decide that it's nothing to worry about. Trust my doctors, unless they give me a specific reason not to trust them.
  2. I maximize the assurance from my wellness checks by practicing a wellness lifestyle. I chose a healthy dietary approach, and I stick to it. Regular exercise is part of my life. If for some reason I can't exercise at my regular intensity, I'm fine with walking for 30 minutes a day a few times a week. I don't live at the natural grocery store and the gym. It's simply a matter of "do this, don't do that" - making healthy choices. It's doesn't need to be expensive. I've eaten healthily and exercised well when my budget was tight.
  3. I have a good psychologist and speak with him when the need arises. When he gave me a diagnosis for my anxiety condition, I told my primary healthcare provider. When the need has arisen, she has been a valuable player in my anxiety team (along with me and my psychologist).
  4. I stay engaged with other people. When I see others going through life without these anxieties, it helps to keep me grounded.
  5. I keep a spiritual outlook.
Those are just some practices that help me stay ahead of health anxiety. If you've had success with any of these, or with something else, please do share it with us.

Wishing you all the best!
 
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Angelx

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As I read through this forum, I'm reminded of the couple of times I've been in the grips of hypochondria. It's hardly a surprise that this pandemic has many of us struggling with it, including me. When the anxiety got to be too much recently, I decided it was time to put a stop to the what-ifs. The bottom line is that we can't worry away the possibility of a health problem. We need balance. The answer that came to me is a wellness lifestyle. With that in mind, I decided to do a few things to adjust my perspective:

  1. Go to wellness checks on time, and go for the preventive procedures my doctor recommends (blood work, skin checks, colonoscopies, etc.). I also stay current with dental and vision checkups. If I'm experiencing something that might seem a little embarrassing or silly, I let my doctor decide that it's nothing to worry about. Trust my doctors, unless they give me a specific reason not to trust them.
  2. I maximize the assurance from my wellness checks by practicing a wellness lifestyle. I chose a healthy dietary approach, and I stick to it. Regular exercise is part of my life. If for some reason I can't exercise at my regular intensity, I'm fine with walking for 30 minutes a day a few times a week. I don't live at the natural grocery store and the gym. It's simply a matter of "do this, don't do that" - making healthy choices. It's doesn't need to be expensive. I've eaten healthily and exercised well when my budget was tight.
  3. I have a good psychologist and speak with him when the need arises. When he gave me a diagnosis for my anxiety condition, I told my primary healthcare provider. When the need has arisen, she has been a valuable player in my anxiety team (along with me and my psychologist).
  4. I stay engaged with other people. When I see others going through life without these anxieties, it helps to keep me grounded.
  5. I keep a spiritual outlook.
Those are just some practices that help me stay ahead of health anxiety. If you've had success with any of these, or with something else, please do share it with us.

Wishing you all the best!
I love all of these!!! You’re amazing!!! Keep going strong!


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