When we take our health for granted we are “valuing it too lightly” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) and are ignoring the essential elements that optimum health requires. This can be easy to do when we allow ourselves to get caught up in the countless details of our daily lives.
As a result, we may find ourselves more often than not:
rushing around scrambling to get things done
skipping meals or eating on the run, food that is quick and easy and not necessarily the best for us
skipping exercise more than engaging in it
ignoring our emotional and mental health and well-being
not getting the adequate sleep our body needs to recover from the stresses of the day, and that our cells require to regenerate
holding onto unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes, eating too much sugar, drinking too much alcohol
For some of us, the mere inconvenience of getting the flu or a cold regularly, feeling lousy and needing to stay in bed in order to recover, is all we need to pay heed (“pay attention, listen to, consider” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary) and begin to take better care of ourselves.
For others, it will take a major health challenge or crisis, maybe several, to get our attention and motivate us enough to slow down and make positive changes.
When your body starts talking to you through aches and pains, and when it' warning signs start going off, what do you do first?
Do you listen to what your body is trying to tell you and start filling it's needs (e.g. getting more rest, changing your diet)?
Or do you run off to a health-care practitioner to treat your body’s symptoms with medicine and a quick fix?
After you have returned to feeling better, do you then think that you are "now healthy” and "back to normal” again?
If so, do you view this as an indication that it is fine to return to your previous patterns, or do you view the experience as a “teacher” and start making some fundamental lifestyle changes?
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn