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Prioritising your health

We’re often guilty of not doing enough to keep ourselves healthy and happy. With our busy lives, we can often put our health on the back burner while we focus on work or our social lives or families.

But this neglect can often land us in trouble when it comes to our health. The less attention we pay to our bodies and what they tell us, the higher the chances something could go wrong.

So what can we do to help keep us healthy?

Find good healthcare

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to find a doctor you can trust and who will treat you properly and collaboratively. Doing all you can to avoid any form of medical negligence will help to keep you healthy.

This means you should do your research into who you want to treat you. Avoid anyone with any allegations of malpractice hanging over them and place a great deal of value in loved ones’ recommendations.

If you can work closely with your chosen doctor to agree on the best treatment plans for you, you’ll be more likely to follow their guidance. This can help you start feeling better as soon as possible, which can help to give you the motivation you need to start looking at other ways of improving your health.

Change your habits

When you need to start getting into a healthier way of life, you could start by looking at your existing habits. If you need to make changes, look at what you do on a regular basis. This includes eating, exercise and healthcare.

For example, start thinking about whether you should be cycling or walking to and from work rather than driving. When it comes to food, do you need to change your shopping habits so you’re visiting healthier shops and buying better produce? Should you make it a habit to include vitamins in your day?

If you travel a lot for work, you might want to make it a habit to find the healthiest restaurants ahead of your trip. Think about setting up a routine of establishing where you can find good food and a way of exercising.

Involve people

If you want to make sure you follow through with your plans to get healthier, why not get others in your life to hold you to account? If you want to eat healthier, think about getting a loved one to cook with you? Or if exercise is your focus, why not get a friend to join you for a run or in the gym?

It’s important to commit to activities, so put your gym dates in your diary to make sure you don’t forget – or pretend to forget, if you’re not in the mood. Block out time in your online calendars so people know you’re not going to be available for that period and include your gym buddy.

When you’re trying to prioritise your health, some lifestyle changes may be required. But with the right level of commitment, you’ll be on your way to a healthier life in no time.

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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