Are you always on Google, looking up vague diseases, and wondering if you have them? Even though, as you read, you’re eating a burger, with a side of fries? It’s time to think about committing to health, and not the idea of health, as defined on the internet.
Staying healthy is a lifelong journey. It is holistic, and it needs honesty, action, commitment, and intention.
The first step, always, is honesty. Get real about what your problems are. Do you feel tired often? Are you overweight, and unable to knock off those pounds? Is there a history of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hormonal imbalance, or cancer in your family? Are your health issues keeping you from being a happy, productive person?
Next, visit a doctor. If you have a family doctor, consult them about who to see. Or, get an appointment with a specialist and get all the tests done that they ask you to. Bring a family member or close friend on board with you for support.
If there is a problem, figure out what you need to do about it. Get a second opinion, if you need to, but don’t get a third and a fourth and a fifth. And please, stay away from Google!
Once you decide which option to pursue, get really focused on it. Work with your doctor closely. Ask them all questions you have – their work is so much easier and more effective if you participate in your own healing. Think about what you need to change in your life, and figure out how to do it. Ask for help where and when you need to. Get clear on your goals, and work your schedule around them.
Commit to your own health with great intention. If you maintain a positive frame of mind, trust your doctor, and believe that you will get better, you will get better. The person who can help you the most is you.
Several studies have shown, and doctors agree, that the best patients are those who are truly invested in getting better. If you are careless, or get bored, or fall off the wagon, you’re only harming yourself. You will fall into the cycle of getting better, and then getting ill again. Nothing is more tiresome, and there is no point running from one doctor to the next, expecting them to cure you, without your own participation.
Here are five easy ways to commit to your health starting today:
- Make time for exercise. Even 15 minutes of stretches every day make a difference, as long as you include two proper workouts in a week. Work with a trainer, or swim, or run, or walk, or play your favourite sport; sign up for a yoga, or pilates class; dance!
- Start and end your day with five minutes of stillness. Use an app. Listen to chants. Or just, deep breathe. Meditation is now a globally-accepted tool for wellness.
- Commit to your relationship with your doctor with the same focus you bring to your most important personal and professional ties. Check in with them often, and work with them always.
- Don’t let stress take over. Living in a fight or flight state is hugely harmful to you.
- Smile. Be happy. Spend time with people you love. Make time for hobbies. Go on vacation. Relax.