How Are You, Really? 14 Personal Health Questions to Ask Yourself on a Regular Basis
If you've ever had a physical, there's a good chance the doctor ran through some questions regarding your everyday practices. It may be uncomfortable to talk about your late-night snacking routine or how many glasses of wine you had last week, but just like your medical history, each of these personal facts has its purpose.
"The mere act of addressing certain topics, such as diet and exercise habits or frequency of alcohol or tobacco use, often creates a deeper conversation with more focused discussion regarding approaches to improvement in overall health," says Michael Barber, MD, PhD, a board-certified internist, cardiologist, electrophysiologist, and medical director at STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa.
Similarly, addressing certain questions on a regular basis—on your own and outside of occasional doctor visits—may make you more attuned to behaviors that could be setting you back or become harmful if left unattended. "It's interesting how often a person is unaware of habits that fail to successfully align with their overall wellness goals," says Dr. Barber.
Here, a range of experts speak to some key questions and respective assessments that can help serve as personal gut-checks on your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Plus, the best tools and advice (including when to see a medical professional) for getting your happiness and health back on course.