As a busy mom, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes put myself on the back burner. The kids take priority. The hubs takes priority. In fact, there are times that it seems like everything and everyone becomes an excuse not to take better care of myself. I’ll put off symptoms or reason away worries just because I often feel like there is not time for me in the picture. However, recently I had a little health scare that completely caused me to re-evaluate how I care for myself. It caused me to realize that if I don’t put myself into the pictures, I one day may not be there to be part of it at all. Through this revelation, I discovered that caring for myself should not be a chore….it should be a priority. As I changed my perception of self-care, I put together a few simple wellness tips for busy moms that I think every wife, mom and woman can benefit from!
Pay Attention to Symptoms
As a woman, it’s almost second nature for me to reason away symptoms. After all, there always seems to be more important things to worry about in our always busy life. Add to that the fact that doctor’s visits can be time consuming and expensive and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll make almost any excuse to avoid heading to my doctor’s office. When I recently saw a “Moms, Money and Mental Health” report that stated that 63% of moms feel guilty about making time for their own personal health, I found myself nodding along. I though back to the appointments I had put off and knew without a doubt that putting everyone else first had been a major factor. But after my health scare earlier this month, it became clear to me that if something ever were to really be wrong and I had put off seeing a doctor because of guilt that I wasn’t putting my family first, I would have some major regrets! With that in mind, I’m becoming more in tune with my body and paying closer attention to my symptoms. From simple things that seem normal like allergies to more concerning issues like skin abnormalities, I’m now paying attention to my physical wellness and not ignoring symptoms.
Don’t Forget Your Mental Health
While physical symptoms seem to be the ones that are most noticeable for me, it’s also become apparent to me that paying attention to my mental healthy is highly important. Knowing that 1 in 4 moms note that suffering from stress and anxiety can impact their ability to parent, I’ve been taking a closer look at my mental wellness. With a teenager who’s getting ready to start driving and a kindergartner who’s always going, I’ve been having more bouts of anxiety and even a few panic attacks in the past few months. While that admission is a little scary on my part, knowing that May is Mental Health Awareness month has me wanting to share with my fellow moms that anxiety and stress are normal and knowing when to seek help is important!
Think I’m just concerned about nothing? Well, many moms feel that stress and anxiety are just a part of life but the truth is, one in five adults in American will experience a mental health condition and more than half of those effected won’t receive professional treatment (in part due to lack of access to care). With stress, anxiety and depression affecting over 100 million Americans and nearly 50% of the American population, mental health really need to be on the forefront of mom’s minds instead of something they just brush off. For me, stress and anxiety effect the way that I parent. They impact my decisions. They change the type of mom that I am. However, with medical help and treatment, I’m able to make simple changes that help me address my mental health and keep me on track so that my mental health doesn’t impact my personal health, my personal relationships, my role as a parent, my work and more!
Seek Medical Advice When Needed
Whether symptoms are physical or mental, one of my biggest changes to how I take care of myself is learning to seek medical advice when needed. However, I’ve learned that this doesn’t always mean heading to the doctor’s office. Not only is a physical doctor’s visit often inconvenient and time consuming, the average wait time to see a physician is 18.5 days. Add to that the fact that even if you can see a doctor, it takes two to three hours from the time you leave your home or office till the time you get back home and it’s easy to see why busy moms avoid doctor’s visits! That’s why I’ve started turning to Doctor On Demand when I need advice on my physical and mental health.
With rising healthcare costs, video medicine like that provided by Doctor On Demand is a cost-effective (and time effective) way to get care when it’s needed while avoiding the expense of trips to the emergency room or urgent care. I recently had a chance to try out Doctor On Demand for myself and was very impressed! After signing up and creating an account that provided my medical history and symptoms, I was able to schedule an appointment the very same day with a board-certified physician, psychiatrist or even a licensed phychologist right from the convenience of my smart phone or computer.
With the app on my phone, all I had to do was open it up a few minutes before my appointment time and I was connected directly to my doctor. I was then able to explain my symptoms, ask questions and receive medical advice without having to pack the kids up in the car and give up hours of my day.
In just fifteen minutes, I was able to put my worries to rest and know that I had medical advice that I could trust, meaning that those worries I’d been trying to ignore for some times were no longer worries! Instead, I had a plan of action in place with a doctor that I could trust and a treatment plan that I was excited about! And the best part was, Doctor On Demand is available at any hour of the day whether or not I have heath insurance! It even allows me to use my heath insurance to make appointments even more affordable! As one of over one million patients that have trusted Doctor On Demand with my health care needs, I feel confident that putting my medical and mental needs in the picture has never been easier!
Whether you have physical or mental symptoms that are concerning you, now is the time to make yourself a priority! It’s time to live life well and pay attention to all our symptoms as women! While Doctor On Demand has treatment options for every condition and every age, right now I encourage you to take a look at your Mental Heath with Doctor On Demand. In support of Mental Heath Awareness Month (May), until the end of the month Doctor On Demand will cover the cost of a visit with a board-certified physician so that you can get an assessment and recommendation for the treatment of your stress, anxiety and depression! That’s right…if you’ve been putting off making your Mental Heath a priority, NOW is the time to see one of the many physicians at Doctor On Demand and began the process of creating a plan that can help make you a better parent and a better person!
So don’t wait! May is almost over and time to take advantage of your FREE mental health visit is running out! Head to Doctor On Demand today to discover like I did that when life is busy, Doctor On Demand is there to help with all your wellness needs!
Tell me, how will Doctor on Demand make it easier for you to make wellness a priority?