Your daily routines may look different now as a result of the societal changes due to the coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your health! June is Men’s Health Month, and the Rio Grande Urology team wants to make sure you’re keeping health top of mind.
Though we’re still learning more about this virus, early research shows that more men appear to be contracting COVID-19 than women. It’s one more reason to focus on your health and what you’re doing to stay well in this season. In addition to following CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID, focusing on your physical and mental health can help you better cope with stress and uncertainty. Most important, keeping to a healthy routine can help minimize the risk of other health issues as well, including urological issues.
To help, we’ve compiled six do’s and don’ts to support you in making your health a priority in this season.
Do continue to exercise.
You may not be able to go to the gym or play your favorite sport right now, but there are many ways to work out at home. Making exercise part of your daily routine supports both your physical and mental health. Take a 30-minute walk in your neighborhood, try an online workout video or challenge, or get creative with different items around the home for weights.
Do keep eating healthy meals.
Diet plays an important part in your overall health, including urological health. Particularly for anyone who has or is at risk of urological or kidney issues, what you eat matters. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vegetables and fruits. And as we head into the warmer summer months, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Do make time to focus on mental health.
Stress can impact both mental and physical health and can sometimes lead to urological issues, such as UTIs or erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s important to pay attention to which triggers may cause you to feel stressed or overwhelmed. Sometimes a walk, sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing, or meditation can help you relax and refocus.
Don’t put off doctor appointments.
Whether it’s a regular checkup or you’re experiencing symptoms of possible illness, the team at RGU is still here for you. We’re offering telemedicine appointments as well as in-person appointments, when necessary. Contact our staff to find out if a telemedicine appointment is right for you.
Don’t skip any prescription medications.
Staying on top of your prescriptions is essential to managing any health issues. Work with your physician and regular pharmacy to make sure you’re getting any new prescriptions or refills as you need them. To support patients during this time, many retail pharmacies are offering curbside or drive-through pickup, or even free home delivery. Check with your pharmacy to see which options are available for you.
Don’t ignore signs of illness.
If you are experiencing any signs of urological or other issues, don’t wait to make an appointment with your physician — call RGU right away. Postponing treatment can lead to complications or more serious issues.
Our caring staff and physicians are here to help you along the way. Contact us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.