2020 is going to be your best year yet, right?
If you want to make this year one for the books, then you need to focus on your physical and mental health. A great way to evaluate where you are now, and how you can improve, is by making health appointments for yourself.
So, where do you even start? Who should you visit, and how often? To help you out, here are seven important appointments you should book as soon as possible.
A Doctor’s Appointment
The first appointment you should put on your calendar is a doctor’s appointment. It’s incredibly important to check on your overall health, especially if you’ve been putting it off. Make an appointment for an annual physical and talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your health.
If you’re worried someone will find your records in the doctor’s filing cabinet and read about your health, don’t worry. According to the National Academy of Medicine, 96% of U.S. hospitals and 78% of physician’s offices now use electronic health records. Your health records are in safe hands and will only be seen by those who need to see it.
A Gynecologist Appointment
Your reproductive health is an important part of your overall wellbeing. It’s recommended that women go to the gynecologist at least once a year for a checkup. However, if a woman is having issues with fertility, menstruation, or has any other concerns about her reproductive health, then she should make an appointment whenever possible.
It’s also important to note that if you are 21 years old, you should get a pap smear while visiting the gynecologist. After the initial pap smear, it’s recommended that women get pap smears every three years.
A Dentist Appointment
If you haven’t made a dentist appointment yet, make it one of your priorities this week. Many people don’t like going to the dentist, but it’s important to check on your oral health. You may think your oral health is pristine, but there could be underlying issues you don’t even know about. For example, at least one in five Americans has one or more untreated cavities. Untreated cavities can lead to many issues, including infection and tooth decay.
It’s recommended that people visit the dentist twice a year. When you’re done with your first appointment, be sure to book your next appointment six months in advance. This regularity is essential in catching dental issues early on, such as periodontal disease, which affects 47.2% of adults 30 years and older in some form. By noticing these issues now, your dentist can give you the proper treatment before it gets worse.
A Dermatologist Appointment
When was the last time you checked on your skin’s health? If it’s been a while, then book an appointment with a dermatologist this year. Dermatologists will evaluate your skin, hair, and nails. If you have a skin condition, they will recommend the best course of treatment. Dermatologists will also catch any new moles or other skin anomalies that may indicate a more serious condition, such as skin cancer.
A Mental Health Appointment
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. This year, make an appointment with a specialist to talk about your mental health. Whether you work in the $30 billion customer service industry or you’re teaching kids, talking to a mental health specialist can help identify signs of common mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
This appointment also allows you to talk candidly about your daily frustrations. Almost 80% of Americans claim to experience daily stress. You can try to hold all that stress in, but it will come out eventually. It’s best to express your stress and frustrations to a mental health professional. They will listen to you freely and without judgment while also evaluating your mental health needs.
A Fitness Appointment
Studies show that exercising regularly is good for your overall health and happiness. This year, make a fitness appointment and try out a new form of exercise. You could book an appointment with a personal trainer, or schedule a time to try a new ballet class. Something unique about a ballet studio is that there’s a wall that’s covered with a mirror. Covering one wall with a mirror will instantly made the room appear twice as deep. It also allows you to look at yourself while exercising and learning a new skill.
You can also try other fitness classes such as zumba, cycling, and yoga. Working on your fitness this year will contribute to a happier, healthier you.
A Financial Appointment
What is the state of your financial health? If you don’t know the answer to this question, then it’s time to make an appointment with a financial advisor. A financial advisor will evaluate your financial situation and recommend what to do with your money. They will recommend where to invest your money and help you map out your long-term financial goals. These goals often include saving enough for retirement and setting up a college fund for your children.
It’s never too early to start planning for your future. If you have questions about how to invest your money and grow your wealth over time, then make a financial appointment as soon as you can.
Health comes in many forms, but luckily there are professionals for each variety. By prioritizing these appointments in your schedule this year, you can keep better track of your overall health. These appointments may not seem so important now, but your future self will surely thank you!