What if 2024 was the year you finally focused on your health and wellness? Every new year brings with it an opportunity for renewal. In our article, discover some tips for living a healthy, balanced year!

Adopt healthy lifestyle habits

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The key to good health lies in a healthy lifestyle:

  • Balanced diet and good hydration: Opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Limit processed foods and opt for home-cooked meals. Remember to drink water regularly and limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Our nutritionists can guide you towards food choices adapted to your individual needs.
  • Regular physical activity: Regular exercise is essential for maintaining good health. Engage in a physical activity that you enjoy, whether it’s walking, swimming, yoga or dancing. Start gradually and increase intensity over time.
  • Restful sleep: Rest is crucial to physical and mental health. Establish a regular sleep routine, create an environment conducive to rest and give yourself enough sleep to feel revitalized.
  • Limited screen time: Reduce the amount of time you spend in front of screens. They have a detrimental impact on your sleep and mental health, especially in young children, where they can lead to developmental delays.

Schedule a medical check-up with a family doctor

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A medical check-up is much more than a simple medical consultation. It’s a comprehensive examination that assesses your current state of health and anticipates possible future problems.

It’s for anyone who wants to look after their long-term health, whatever their age, sex or current state of health. However, regular check-ups are recommended from the age of 30 onwards. For children, check-ups should be carried out according to a specific schedule. Consult your pediatrician for more information.

During this check-up, your doctor performs in-depth physical examinations, blood tests and discusses your situation (history, medication, lifestyle habits, etc.) to detect any abnormalities or early signs of disease. This process helps to identify potential health problems at an early stage, offering the possibility of early intervention and effective treatment.

We see the health check-up as an essential tool for proactively managing your well-being. For a quick appointment, contact a private clinic.

Plan your annual visits to specialists

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Taking care of your health also means regular visits to specialist doctors such as your gynecologist, dermatologist, urologist or dentist. The frequency of visits depends on your age and medical history. However, here is a list of the most important check-ups you should have to prevent certain illnesses.

For everyone :

  • Dermatological consultation: every year, to have your moles examined and limit the risk of skin cancer.
  • Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): adults who have been in a high-risk situation.
  • Colorectal cancer screening: every 2 years for adults aged 50 to 74.
  • Dental cleaning: Every 6 months.
  • Eye exam: Every year if you have vision problems.

For women:

  • Gynecological consultation: Every year, for a smear test to detect any infections or cancerous cells.
  • Cervical cancer screening (HPV): Every 2 or 3 years, for women aged 21 to 65. This can be done at the same time as your gynecological examination.
  • Breast cancer screening: Every 2 years, for women aged 50 to 69.

For men:

  • Prostate cancer screening: For men aged 55 to 69.

To make an initial appointment with a specialist, you must first obtain a referral from a family doctor.

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Taking charge of your mental health

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Mental health is just as important as physical health. Taking care of your emotional well-being is essential to living a balanced life. Here are some recommendations:

  • Practice mindfulness: Meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve mental health. Learn to be present in the moment and deal with negative thoughts.
  • Consult a mental health professional: Mental health should not be a taboo subject. If you feel the need, consider making an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist or family doctor, who can advise you on treatments adapted to your situation. Discover our mental health clinic.

Take time for yourself

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Taking time for yourself is essential for a balanced life. Investing in wellness activities can go a long way toward your happiness and fulfillment. At ELNA Medical, we recommend:

  • Engage in relaxing activities: Try yoga, meditation, tai chi, or any other practice that helps you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Prioritize hobbies: Make time for activities you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, painting, music, or cooking, doing what you’re passionate about contributes to your overall well-being.
  • Take care of yourself: A massage, a beauty treatment, a manicure… So many little things that relax and make you feel better about yourself. Consult our esthetic clinic for more ideas.

Network of multidisciplinary medical clinics

By making these health resolutions, you’re investing in your long-term well-being. At ELNA Medical, we are committed to supporting you on your journey to a healthier and more fulfilling life. Thanks to our network of multidisciplinary clinics located in the Greater Montreal area, we are able to provide you with all the health care you need.

Book an appointment today to complete a complete health check-up, schedule your annual visits, and take charge of your health!

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Take the first step towards a better life today by scheduling a consultation with our healthcare professionals. Together, let’s build a healthier and more balanced future!