Tips for Success in Telehealth

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journaling to maintain routine during pandemic

The events of recent months have caused many health services to transition to telehealth, or appointment by phone. While speaking to your medical professional on the phone may seem impersonal, it is important to keep your appointments. Your health is very important, even in times of a pandemic, and your commitment to remaining healthy is more important than ever.

Keeping Your Appointments

Keeping track of your appointments is crucial, especially if your schedule has become irregular. It is easy to forget engagements when your days lose their structure. If it helps, set alarms to remind yourself of your appointments. You can adjust the alarm to go off a time that gives you the opportunity to prepare for speaking to your health care provider. Be sure to write down any questions you have and prepare an area or space to conduct your phone appointments.

Finding an area where you can be free from distractions is essential. With family and kids, work, or school, finding a private space can be difficult. Taking your appointments outside could be a suitable solution that also allows you to get out into the fresh air. Nature and the outdoors can be very relaxing and therapeutic. If finding a quiet space outside is difficult, you could always try sitting in your car. This may not seem ideal, but it can be relaxing because it is a familiar space for you. 

Use journaling as a way to keep track of the things you want to talk about with your healthcare provider. Maybe you were journaling in the past but lost the habit because your routines have been disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparing for a physician’s appointment is good motivation to restart this healthy practice. Keep your journal handy just in case you do forget an appointment and are caught off-guard by the phone call. 

Like so many other things, this change in health care may feel awkward at first. Doctors understand that this new “way of life” may be uncomfortable for some, especially when dealing with mental health or substance abuse. If you feel telehealth is not suitable for you, it is important that you talk to your doctor about it. Your recovery is your #1 priority, and adjustments can be made to protect it. Don’t be afraid to ask.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged some people’s recovery by creating barriers to resources and disrupting their ability to maintain their healthy habits. This situation can be particularly problematic for people who are new to sobriety or who have been successful in changing behaviors after struggling. It’s okay to stumble along the way, as long as you pick yourself back up again. At Avalon Malibu, we understand the hurdles of recovery. Our dedicated team of mental health professionals can equip you with the right tools to cope with daily stresses and disruptions so that you can protect your recovery and maintain good health. Located in Malibu, California, Avalon offers a wide variety of treatment options in an effort to provide each person with a personalized rehabilitation experience designed to meet their unique needs. To learn more about our treatment options and how our highly trained staff can help you throughout your recovery journey, call us today at (844) 857-5992.

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