3 Health Checks We Need To Have in 2018

Health Checks 2018


Our health is something that we really shouldn’t be taking for granted. I know for me, last year I really neglected my own health both physically and mentally and it caused me to have a breakdown. When we think about our health let’s consider the full picture – our physical, mental, and sexual. The more we can work on each aspect of health, the better we feel within ourselves. Let’s take a look at why we need to focus on our health this year.

Physical health

Our physical health is something that is probably one of the most obvious to treat if it were to ever ‘go wrong’. Whether our physical health deteriorates due to an injury or it’s self-inflicted, we certainly know when it’s time to get things dealt with. Be sure to have those regular check-ups at the doctor. If something doesn’t feel right then seek the trusted advice that you need.

For me personally my physical health relates to my weight which is something I’m very aware of. I know that I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last few months, so for me it’s important to get this under control and focus on exercise and healthier eating this year. I know that I need to work on my weight as it’s affecting my sleep, I’m also experiencing some back pains and I know that my blood flow is being impacted as I’m getting cramp in my legs quite often. Luckily for me I know the reason for all of this, so I’m already working to solve these health issues.

Mental health

This is a topic that’s very close to home for me. Last year I dealt with my own anxiety and depression issues and it was completely debilitating. It actually contributed to me leaving my teaching profession and kept me quite isolated for a very long time. Looking back, I realised that I left it quite a while before seeking any help and opening up to anyone. When I finally was able to be honest and talk about my struggles with my loved ones, I was then confident to get the help I needed. I got in contact with MIND and was given one-to-one CBT. This was amazing and I was also placed on medication by my doctor.

This year I know that I need to make sure I keep having that mental health check and noticing when I start to go back to those dark places. I also know that I need to be open and speak to someone I trust when I start to feel that way again. To read about my anxiety struggles, see this post here.

Sexual health

TheSTIclinic.com is the UK’s largest independent online sexual health clinic and was established in 2008 to provide people with access to affordable private sexual health screening through one of the UK’s leading pathology laboratories. They are located in Harley Street, London and are a licensed healthcare provider that employs GMC registered doctors.

When TheSTIclinic.com contacted me to say they would like to work with Spoken Reveries to increase awareness of sexual health, I was more than happy to oblige. I felt it fitting that sexual health should be something discussed after all of the festivities of recent months. During this time is when there is a rise in the number of sexually transmitted infections. These then have to be treated in the first few months of the New Year.

Having spoken to the team at TheSTIclinic.com, the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection encountered is chlamydia trachomatis (the organism responsible for diseases such as the STD chlamydia). This is a very serious infection that can result in infertility in men and women. It is advised to take a test for chlamydia a week after having had unprotected sex, as it takes seven days to show a positive result in a chlamydia test.

The symptoms of the chlamydia infection are not always so clear. Screening tests can be done from self taken swabs or urine samples. However, if a woman is experiencing urinary symptoms then it is probably a better idea to test for chlamydia with a urine sample, rather than a vaginal swab. Young people below the age of 25 should be tested for the infection every time they have a new sexual partner. Also in the event of experiencing any symptoms such as pain during urination, painful sex, abdominal pain, or abnormal discharges or bleeding from the vagina.

Chlamydia can be effectively treated with medication such as azithromycin or doxycycline. Both of these treatments come with their own advantages and disadvantages. You should always expect to be treated again from five weeks after treatment started. This is to make sure the infection has been effectively treated.

It’s important that all recent partners from within the last three months should also be given treatment irrespective of their own chlamydia test results. It’s also important that you and your current partners should be being simultaneously treated with antibiotics, while abstaining from sex during treatment, even with a condom.

Sexual health is something that we all should be more aware of and regard as being important. Regardless of your age, gender and life circumstance, your knowledge of sexual health should always be refined. It’s not a discussion to condemn anyone, and should be seen as a topic we take seriously just as we would our mental health (which I’ve discussed my own experiences here), and our more obvious physical health.

I hope this post has given a much needed reminder to put our health first this year. If you have any other advice on how to put your health first, please leave your comment below!


Speak soon







  1. Pari
    February 9, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I always look out for my physical health but when it comes to mental health I tend to ignore it. Your article is a great reminder that mental health should be a priority too.

  2. February 9, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    This post is so important because I feel that as a nation we really neglect our physical health. Also because of our lifestyle we tend to spend a lot of time at home on the sofa. It’s good to see mental health getting more exposure because we all know what a taboo that has been for decades.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    This post is great and these three are very important – mental health is such a key one and sometimes we forget to reflect and access x

  4. February 9, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Brilliant post and so important! I think it’s easy to forget that we actually need to properly take care of ourselves sometimes and that our mental health is so important x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  5. February 9, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I think I’ve gone to the dr once in the past 15 years. I might need to step that up some haha

  6. Helen
    February 9, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I really hope that you manage to get the right help with your mental health issues – I suffer from anxiety and it makes my world a very small one!

  7. February 9, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Prevention is always best. And thanks for pointing out we need to check our mental health too. That gets so overlooked most of the time!

  8. February 9, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    As a nurse, I say these are important health checks not just in 2018 but should be looked at on a regular basis. Let us spread awareness.

  9. February 9, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    I think taking care of our healthy should always be number one. So many people never did a check up on their lives it’s crazy! I really think people should look after their sexual health better, it’s so quick to do the testings.

  10. February 9, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    Important post. Interesting that putting on weight affects your sleep. I also think that all three areas that you are pointing out, are connected and cannot function one without the other. A healthy mind in a healthy body is key.

  11. February 10, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I’m excited got my diet sorted out but I need to get a grip with exercise. I walk loads but need to up my cardio.

  12. February 10, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I do think people should check in to themselves regularly. I am really dedicated to my physical and mental health through practicing yoga and meditation. I value natural medicine and holistic therapy. I think more people should become aware of tapping in to their health both physically and mentally.

  13. February 10, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I have medical policy where I undergo a full body health checkup twice a year. But your article reminds me that how mental health is equally important as body health. I will definitely take this up and go for mental health checkups too 🙂

  14. February 10, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    The one that always gets me is my dental health, so I’ve cut down on the sweets thankfully. I prefer to eat a lot healthier too, because for me, it helps with your mental, physical, and sexual health too! Thanks for posting!

  15. February 10, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Thank you for these reminders! It’s so true that we often neglect to get health checked, at least once per year. I have white-coat syndrome and that makes it hard for me to go to any kind of doctors office—I love my dentist so that’s a more recent feat I’ve overcome—but because I am young and want to keep my body working well, I go anyway. And mental health…I’m an advocate for therapy as well. Thanks for these

  16. February 10, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this list, every individual be it healthy or sick should make sure to always have a physical health check.

  17. Laurence
    February 10, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Sometimes I noticed that health is not being prioritized until you feel something. Good post, especially a lot of people are feeling some depression during winter season.

  18. February 10, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    It’s funny, there is a huge focus on physical health but rarely do we focus on our mental health and sexual health. I think it has to do with not wanting to look at it. I think it’s simply too much for most people to look into with our lives feeling so overwhelmed.

  19. February 11, 2018 / 7:39 am

    This is such a great reminder! I need to get my full body check-up this year. I always get a little scared to get it done but I understand that it is so important to get our mental, physical and sexual health check-up.

  20. February 11, 2018 / 8:23 am

    These are three really important areas for our overall health and well-being. One or two often get neglected but they shouldn’t as they are equally important.

  21. February 11, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    This is a really great post that focuses on all three crucial health checks for everyone. Oftentimes, we care for one and unknowingly ignore the other. Your reminders are really going to help, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  22. February 11, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    It’s so important to stay on top of all elements of your help! People can definitely get lax with their sexual health, so important to have checks as it could impact you in the future.

  23. February 11, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Physical health depends on mental health also, so it’s vital not to ignore both aspects. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  24. February 12, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I’m not usually one to take any consideration for my own health, wether it be mental, physical or any other. The only time I head to a “doctor” is when I’m having a baby so not even a doctor but a midwife! I have however put in my plans for this year to look after myself alot more, I have 5 children so I need to make sure my health doesn’t start suffering because if I’m not here to look after them, there isn’t that many people I would trust enough to do it for me. 🌹 great post thanks for sharing.

  25. February 12, 2018 / 11:09 am

    I am constantly working on my health health only because I have acknowledged how much I need to work on it and how much of my attention it needs. I have to constantly calm myself down either by swimming or have a quick sit in the steam room just to stop my mind from going into overdrive. I love to draw and write and I focus on these creatives when I am most down. Our mental health is almost as important as our physical health.


  26. February 12, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    I am just coming from the doctor`s office and I cannot stress out how important is to take care of our health. This is a very informative article.

  27. February 12, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I’m in the same boat as you. I always gain weight in the winter and have to get it under control in the spring. I’m glad you included sexual health in this article. It seems like a lot of people dodge that subject. You dived right into it without awkwardness and gave some very sound advice. Awesome!

  28. February 13, 2018 / 1:16 am

    It is very important to take care of all aspects of your health. You bring up a lot of great points about each one of the three you described. Often times people may feel comfortable talking about sex, but not necessarily about sexual health and it is a very important part of our wellbeing. Great article!

  29. February 13, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Love the openness of this post. Anxiety and depression are real issues in today’s society and the more open we are about our own personal struggles the more the stigma is washed away.

  30. February 15, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Just found your blog and this post was a good read. I will be back to read more. . .

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