Nowadays, many people talk about self-care.
But what does “taking care of yourself” actually mean? Taking medicine when you feel sick? Eating ice cream because you are sad? Making your own doctor appointments?
Maintaining good health and caring for yourself includes many moving parts.
At times it can feel overwhelming to know where to start, or even whether you need to do anything to maintain your health.
After all, if you feel more or less okay, that means you are fine, right? Not necessarily.
Generally, it is good for everyone to see their primary care doctor once per year for a check-up to screen for and prevent illness.
Dental cleanings are generally recommended every six months to prevent gum disease and cavities.
Regular exercise coupled with healthy, balanced eating habits can help to prevent heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity.
And if you are aware that you have a chronic illness, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism or bipolar disorder, it is good to keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your provider.
Sometimes managing your health can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if this is your first time dealing with a condition without significant help from relatives.
The first step is to talk to someone who might be able to help you better understand your body and mind so that you can reach your personal, academic and career goals here at Florida Tech. After all, knowledge is power.
Holzer Health Center – provides a variety of health and wellness services. Website: www.fit.edu/health
Location: beside CAPS (at the corner of Country Club Road and University Boulevard)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – provides a variety of mental health and wellness services.
Website: www.fit.edu/ counseling-and-psychological-services
Phone#: (321) 674-8050
Location: beside the Holzer Health Center (at the corner of Country Club Road and University Boulevard)
Want more information and resources about how you can maintain your own health?
Come to the Florida Tech Health & Fitness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 10:00-2:00 at the Clemente Center! There will be raffles, prizes and samples as well as several tables with plenty of information on health, fitness and wellness.
Be sure to also stop by the Holzer Health Center and CAPS tables for helpful resources and information about maintaining a healthy mind and body!