Why prevention is better than cure when it comes to your health

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Most of us contact our GP when something is wrong. That pain, cough, lump or bump that won’t go away or is affecting your daily life? Time to ring the doctor. But what if you could take a step back and speak to your GP before anything goes wrong?

A proactive approach to your healthcare is one of the best ways to look after your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s all about knowing where to start.

Healthcare in a pandemic

As many NHS doctors’ surgeries are busier than ever amid the Covid-19 pandemic, you may feel reluctant to contact your GP if you have any concerning symptoms. It’s very important that you don’t put it off though. If you notice any changes in your body or new symptoms, you should always discuss these with a doctor as soon as possible.

With the pandemic forcing many of us into lockdown and isolation, some people are swapping their traditional doctor’s surgery for a virtual healthcare service like Vala. With these services, you’ll pay a monthly or annual fee and benefit from unlimited GP appointments. Best of all, these appointments take place over video chat, so you don’t need to leave your home and risk infection.

Wait lists for NHS GP appointments can be anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, and a typical consultation lasts a maximum of 15 minutes. In stark comparison, private healthcare providers like Vala are committed to getting to the root of your problem as soon as possible. You can usually book a same day GP appointment and discuss your symptoms in detail, so the doctor can get to the root of the problem.

Proactive healthcare

The long-term value of using a virtual, private healthcare service is that it allows you to build an ongoing partnershipbetween you and a team of on-demand healthcare professionals.

For example, the team at Vala are able to diagnose conditions, prescribe medication and refer you to a specialist if necessary. But they’re also able to advise you on how to stay healthy, look after your mental health and take a more proactive approach to your healthcare.

This includes a few key factors:

Mental health - Perhaps you’ve known for a while that things don’t ‘feel right’. You might have low energy, feel sad and hopeless and lack motivation to do the things you used to enjoy. You could be feeling stressed about the Covid-19 pandemic, worried about your job security or experiencing high levels of anxiety about developing a serious illness.

These are factors related to your mental health, and the good news is that they’re all treatable. Working with the team at Vala, you can get an understanding of your current mental health picture, identify any concerns and then put together a plan to look after your wellbeing on an ongoing basis. You can check in regularly with the team to discuss your progress and tweak the plan to suit any changes to your lifestyle.

Physical health - There are loads of reasons that you may feel like giving up on your fitness goals, or fail to start them in the first place. Motivation, confidence, emotional wellbeing, busy schedules and general malaise are all factors that can make it difficult to prioritise exercise.

According to the mental health charity Mind,

“There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example, it can help with:

  • better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
  • happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
  • managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times”

So, it’s no secret that regular exercise has significant physical and mental benefits. But you’ll need the right support, environment and mindset to make exercise an inherent part of your lifestyle, instead of an unwanted chore. The team at Valaloves working with customers to create fitness plans that are tailored to their needs, lifestyles and goals.

Sleep hygiene - We can’t overstate the importance of getting good quality sleep! Everyone wants to sleep well, but many people don’t know how to improve their sleep habits.

Whilst we all know that a lack of sleep contributes to feeling tired and grumpy, the long-term effects of poor sleep are far more serious.

The NHSwebsite states that, “A continued lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.”

If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough sleep, our team can give you really simple, practical tips to get a better night’s rest. If prevention is better than cure, then prioritising your sleep is pivotal.

About Vala Health

If you believe that prevention is better than cure, get in touch to find out how we can support you in building a healthy lifestyle. Our team is highly experienced, professional and friendly - they’d love to help you get back on track and develop healthy lifelong habits that will improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

From just £15.99 per month, you’ll benefit from unlimited GP appointments, same day services and on-demand, proactive healthcare. Sign up now to get started.

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