We are two days away from Valentine’s Day, and I really want to talk about a priceless gift that we can all give our loved ones.
Good health. For ourselves, and for them.
By now, regular readers of my blog, and those who follow CODS on Facebook, are aware that nothing matters to me or my team more than knowing that each patient who comes to us leaves us healthier, happier, and full of a renewed love for life. As a surgeon, I see the crushing disappointment, fear, and sorrow that overwhelms family and friends when a loved one is ill. I also see the hope, doubt, fright, and questions in the eyes of patients. Nothing in the world can make these feelings go away except a commitment to good health.
It really is the biggest sign of love.
So, what can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy? We’ve discussed quite some ideas here – implement my five rules for wellness, set a standard of good health as early as you can, stay aware of any diseases in your family and talk to qualified doctors about it, do whatever you can to keep lifestyle diseases and obesity at bay, and just learn to make good health your right.
That is the only way to see it. If you truly believe that you deserve good health, and so do your family and friends, you will do everything you can to achieve that goal.
Bring the same determination and focus into your personal life. Refuse to sacrifice your time to work out. Plan ahead and make sure you eat healthy, balanced, wholesome meals cooked at home as much as possible. Take time out to relax, spend time with people you love, cultivate a hobby, laugh, unwind. (Remember I went diving with my daughter last December?) Meditate. Focus on your mental and spiritual wellness, as much as your physical. Good health is holistic.
Often, we cannot help the external stressors in our lives. This is a fast-paced world, and you need to not only survive, you need to win. And you will fall by the wayside if you neglect your own health, and that of your loved ones.
So this February 14, aside from any other celebration, do take a moment to be grateful for everything you have, and promise to always value good health above all other goals.