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Health concerns: be open, be honest

Back in January, we published a post advising you on how to maximize the value of your doctor’s visit. The post contains a lot of useful advice that remains just as true today as it did in the winter.

Perhaps the most crucial piece of advice in that post is also the most basic: speak up. If you have questions or concerns during your doctor’s visit, mention them. Get answers. You have that right.

But “speak up” is always good advice, at least when it comes to your health and welfare. And it is advice that many Americans ignore at their own peril.

Put simply, a lot of people don’t want to see a doctor. They don’t want to tell someone they’re feeling sick or that something hurts. There are any number of reasons for this: fear of a bad diagnosis, anxiety about the medical system, financial concerns, even a culture of masculinity that says men should “tough it out.”

At the risk of stating the obvious, you can’t get the most out of your doctor’s visit if you’re unwilling to actually see the doctor. And you can’t get better if you’re unwilling to talk about what’s ailing you.

Speak up if you don’t feel well—if you’re sick, if something hurts, if anything just isn’t right. You don’t have to wait for a doctor’s visit, either. Our staff cares about you and your health, and they’ll do what they can to help you. And there is a lot we can do to help, whether it’s examining your diet, making your room more comfortable (sleep is crucial for a healthy body, and the setup of your bedroom can play a huge role in the quantity and quality of your sleep) or recommending new activities.

Many people convince themselves that their health problems are minor and transitory: drink some orange juice, get a bit more sleep and the problems will just go away. But our bodies don’t work like that. Minor problems can easily lead to major problems if left untreated. And conversely, major problems can be handled with relative ease and simplicity if they’re caught early enough.

And this advice extends to more than just your physical health. Study after study shows that a positive mindset can influence your quality of life in ways you can’t even imagine. If you’re feeling down or lonely, confide in someone you trust. Reaching out and being honest about your feelings is a great first step in getting the support you need.

Here at Waterstone, your health and well-being is our priority. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything—we are more than happy to assist you in whatever ways we can.

Cheers to you, and to your health!