What are you doing to take care of your health on a daily basis? Are you taking the responsibility of being proactive with self-care?
Too many people do not prioritize taking care of themselves until they’re faced with some type of health crisis. I’m away from home right now, because my mom is in the hospital with pneumonia. She’s elderly and in poor health generally. She’s lucky, though. She is responding to the professional care and to the medication she’s receiving. It appears that within time, she will be able to return home and pick up the threads of her life.
Many people are not so lucky. Their lack of care, over a lifetime, results in a health crisis which can not be fixed with a hospital stay and medication. Please do not take your health for granted. While you still can, look at the way you live your life, and see if you need to take responsibility for making some important changes.
We all know that we need to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and learn to manage our stress. How many of us put that knowledge into consistent action? How long can we ignore the consequences of our choices before the stakes get too high?
It’s a new day. It’s a new week. As I write this post, I’m in a motel room, several hours from home. I’m here, because over a lifetime, my mom has not been proactive with her health. It’s pretty late for her to make major changes, but I’m hoping that it isn’t too late for the rest of us to look at how we’re living our lives. Please make your health a high priority — for yourself, and for all who love you. There is so much information available to educate us, if we need it, regarding healthy decisions we should be making on a daily basis.
If this post can help even one person to make even one change, I will feel blessed. In the short run, it might seem easier to sit in our easy chairs, instead of going out for a walk. In the short run, it might seem easier to head out to fast food restaurants, instead of fixing healthy meals at home. In the short run, it might seem easier to keep pushing ahead, instead of recognizing our limits and setting healthy boundaries. In the long run, though, the easy way out will set us up for a lifetime of problems, with no easy answers!
Until next time,
Thank you for this meaningful and touching reminder of how important it is to take care of ourselves. It’s so sad that your mother didn’t have the same information that we do today. We really have no excuses. As you suggest, even tiny changes can make a big difference over our lifetime.
Thanks for your comment, Renee. What is really sad is that my mom did have quite a bit of the same information that we have today — at least for the last 15 yrs or so — and she still didn’t make any of the changes that would have made a huge difference in her health now. I always stress to my clients that we have choices, and our choices determine, to a large extent, our consequences. As you said, “even tiny changes can make a big difference.” We just need to start with a small step in the right direction.