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Nurture your health

Understanding the healthcare needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals

Understanding the healthcare needs for members of the LGBTQIA+ community is important so that one may know the actionable steps that can impact their physical, mental, and financial wellness.

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community face many social issues, and health is among those that must be given full attention. With the rising costs of healthcare in the country, they face risks that impact physical and mental wellness, too. Understanding the factors affecting their health are significant to counter their impact in the long run.

While belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community is a source of strength, mental health conditions are common among its members according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Risk factors includes rejection and trauma from coming out from unsupportive environment.

Another factor that affects them is the lack of support for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community. A non-inclusive society may inflict harm and impact a person’s physical and mental wellness.

Lastly, harassment in different forms—affects LGBTQIA+ members, which can significantly impact their overall well-being. Actions such as discrimination, bullying, and unfair policies may lead to traumatic experiences and even self-harm.

As inclusivity in society remains a work in progress for LGBTQIA+ community, health must remain a priority. There are several factors that threaten their health, and it is important to work towards living a better and brighter life for members of this community. Here are some tips on how LGBTQIA+ members can protect their health:

1.  Make self-care a habit

Self-care and preservation impact physical and mental wellness. It is essential to preserve a sound mind and body in order to effectively handle every day challenges.

●      Get proper nutrition. Eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water to maintain the energy that the body needs.

●      Be active. Exercise contributes to better holistic health. Aside from boosting cardiovascular and physical health, it also improves mood, concentration, and alertness.

●      Get enough rest and sleep. Sleep allows the body to recharge and boosts the immune system. Getting enough rest and sleep is essential to help the body fight viruses.


2.    Practice self-control

Protect mental health by choosing battles and staying in control. By staying grounded, it allows us to make decisions wisely.

●      Meditate. One way to calm the mind and body is through meditation. It allows focus and positivity while getting rid of negative thoughts.

●      Choose your battles. Turn away from discussions to protect your emotional well-being. It is better to walk away than to get into a heated discussion with someone who has a closed point of view.


3.    Tap into creativity

One way to protect health is to refocus on the things that can impact productivity and creativity. Activities that challenge the mind and bring enjoyment can make a person active and even help improve mental health.


4.    Build a support group

Being surrounded by people who understand what LGBTQIA+ people go through play a crucial role in one’s health. They may serve as a sounding board for frustrations and offer a shoulder to cry on when their courage is tested. A support group may consist of friends or family who also act as confidantes and even defenders.


5.    Get insured

Ensure that resources will be available when uncertainties arise. A life insurance policy would be a smart investment for the community members. This type of insurance product helps take care of urgent needs, protect future goals, and keep wealth intact even in times of medical emergencies.

Same-sex partners would also find confidence in buying life insurance. Based on the current Insurance Commission ruling, insurance policyholders who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community can name their domestic partners as beneficiaries of their life insurance plans. There is no legal impediment to the designation of the domestic partner as a beneficiary of an insured policyholder.

Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ community? Know the life insurance options that are suited for you. Talk to a Sun Life financial advisor today!

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The Brighter Life Team is Sun Life's very own writing team. Sharing their own experiences, goals, and ideas, the Brighter Life Team is ready to make your day brighter.