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a young woman is sleeping peacefully in her bedYour primary care doctors at Mercer Medicine are passionate about helping you live a healthy life. We believe healthy lifestyles start at home, and we want to help you thrive! From managing stress to seeing a doctor regularly, there are many ways you can improve your health:

Primary Care Tip 1: Get Quality Sleep

After a good night sleep, you likely wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. But, did you know that your body was working hard during those precious 8 hours of rest? When you get quality sleep, your body is rejuvenating your muscles, improving your physical health, and supporting healthy brain function. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, your physical, mental, and emotional health begins to decline.

Primary Care Tip 2: Reduce Stress

Did you know that too much stress can literally make you sick? Stress can cause your immune system to suffer which makes your body vulnerable to illnesses. Further, chronic stress can lead to mental health issues and cardiovascular diseases such as depression and anxiety. If possible, write down what aspects in your life are causing you the most stress and think of ways to eliminate the culprits. (Our mental health counselors can help you!)

Primary Care Tip 3: Learn to Say No

A short, powerful quote is this: “The way to get things done is learning how to say no.” The truth is, it’s impossible to get everything done for everyone and still feel like you have all of your sanity. It’s okay to say “no” to certain things in life. This will reduce your stress and help you manage your time.

Primary Care Tip 4: Make Regular Doctor Appointments

You may be accustomed to seeing your doctor only when you’re sick. However, we want to encourage you to see us even when you feel 100%! These visits are called wellness checkups. This allows your doctor to see if there are any underlying health issues that haven’t presented issues and ensure everything is working as it should. These doctor appointments can save lives!

Schedule an appointment with a Mercer Medicine doctor.