Is your health a priority?
This is a question I think we should all ask ourselves now and then – ‘how much of a priority is my health to me, truly?’ And answer yourself honestly.
In this day and age I do believe that we have come to a point where looking after ourselves, so that we can enjoy life to the full, has somehow ended up waaaaay down the list…somewhere after catching up with all those emails, paying the bills and getting that 15th load of laundry done, right? After all, who has time?
The trouble is, on the whole I think most people are really feeling the effects of putting their health last on the list. It is showing, and it is taking a toll, make no mistake. And many of these individuals wind up in my clinic – exhausted to the point of barely being able to get out of bed in the morning, suffering from aches, pains and digestive upsets, not to mention the hormone swings from hell.
But consider this important fact – every other aspect of our lives depends on our health and wellbeing.
Without energy to get through the day, are we going to be the best parent, the best partner, the best employee or boss? Are we going to be able to do all the things we really want to do?
Making your health a priority means making a conscious choice. Too often it seems easier to put everything else first, but in the end – it actually isn’t easier at all, if the price you ultimately pay is ill health. And for many people it does take a health scare, a serious diagnosis or the loss of a loved one to trigger a reality check.
Don’t you think it makes more sense to look after yourself now, instead of waiting until this happens? As the old saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. In other words, preventing problems where possible or nipping them in the bud early is going to be far easier than trying to regain your health from rock bottom.
And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Make a conscious choice today to add a few extra vegies to your lunch or dinner, say ‘no thanks’ to the cake being offered around the office and eat a lovely sweet piece of fruit instead, and maybe get out into the fresh air and move your body a little this afternoon. Get out and kick a ball with your kids for ten minutes. Or even just take a short break to sit in the garden with a cuppa. Your body will thank you for that extra little bit of TLC.