When was the last time you thought seriously about your health?
The last time you were sick, right?
We tend to take our health for granted, until there’s a problem.
Too often working for a healthy self isn’t a top priority, until illness whacks us and we can’t live our normal lives.
We need a plan for living that keeps us from getting whacked. Sound good?
Let’s work out a plan for ‘Healthy You’ that increases your enjoyment of life now and that reduces risks of health issues for the rest of your life.
My father volunteered me to be the 24-hour-per-day care-giver/nurse for a quadraplegic who wanted to go to college. The only care-giver.
I had never learned to say no to my father. So Jim moved into the dorm. And I with him.
The room was normally a guest room with a half-bath – sink and toilet, hospital bed and my cot, a chair and desk.
My life stopped. Everything I did was centered around and for Jim.
By the 4th quarter of the term, I was emotionally drained. Physically exhausted.
I didn’t realize at the time that I had slipped into an unhealthy funk.
My grades suffered, my social life was a disaster, and time for spiritual considerations was nonexistent.
But I didn’t realize it at the time.
That’s common when emotional health is at the root of being unhealthy.
After college I somehow secured a job at a Christian camp working to build a walkway through a swamp. The instructions given me were – here are the supplies and equipement – build it.
It was hard, physical work and that turned out to be just what I needed. The exercise and sweat were medicine for my body, my thinking, and my emotions.
I learned that ‘Health’ is a blanket that covers the physical, the mental, and the emotional self.
The good news is that focus and effort in one part of your self, benefits your other selves also.
Reasons to Get Healthy
How does improving your health improve your life?
Regular, consistent exercise rewards you in many ways.
- Prevents chronic illnesses (cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases)
- Improves attention, concentration, and other functions of the brain
- Maintains healthy thinking
- Improves sleep
- Lowers stress
- Reduces dependence on unhealthy habits
- Reduces physical illnesses
Take that first step into creating a healthier You – #BestYou
Increase the amount of daily physical activity you do.
You don’t have to buy a Gym Membership. You don’t have to buy Home Gym Equipment.
If you believe that you are too busy to start ‘going to the gym’ for exercise, here’s a short list of practical modify-what-you’re-already-doing ways to get it done.
If it’s raining, snowing, or too hot, head to the local mall for a walk as you windowshop.
Exercise at home. Push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, lunges, and stretching are good for you and are free of expensive equipment.
Take the stairs as often as possible. You might start by taking the elevator from a different floor than the one on which you work.
Drink plenty of water.
Sip water throughout the day. Drink enough and you have a guilt-free excuse to go for a walk to the washroom and back!
Staying well hydrated may also reduce feelings of hunger, and can often reduce chronic back pain.
Go for a family walk after dinner.
Guard Your Emotional Self with Intent
Nurturing your mind is as important as nurturing your body, and it will make you better able to deal with the stresses of your life routines. Be brave and consult with a mental health professional if your friends or spouse tell you that you need to.
Remind yourself of your personal value.
Read Zig Ziglar, Norman Vincent Peale, Og Mandino, James Allen. What these authors wrote are in ‘old books’ but they contain timeless wisdom.
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
Your thinking will either give you permission and power or hold you trapped and timid.
Everything you put into your mind shapes your life. The books you read, the music you listen to, the movies and TV shows you watch. Your reality and expectations from life grow from how you spend your time.
Changing your input, changes your output. The old computer programming comment was: GIGO (Garbage In : Garbage Out)
What you feed your mind will be reflected in your thoughts and choices.
Just as what you feed your stomach is reflected in your body.
Create a healthier mind and it will show up in your physical health.
Download a Health Sphere Worksheet to help you create plans for a Healthier You.
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