Making your health a priority

The last few months I have struggled with my health, nothing outrageously horrible, but I have found that colds alone can rock my world, so when you add monthly hormonal challenges, new eating regimes, allergies, kids, work, life, into the mix, it all can become quite overwhelming. I think most of you can relate. We work hard at our jobs, we wake up early to exercise or find a few moments alone before the day begins, we cook or dash through for take-out, we head to our desks or begin a list of to-do’s, we make lists, and then figure out something for lunch and then it is kids, or after work commitments, dinner, maybe sometime is carved out for exercise, crawl into bed, repeat….

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.”
-Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères

What I have learned recently is this, it is more important to find time to rest and heal then to push yourself through the paces, regardless of how important these priorities are to you. I am a big believer in workouts and I usually push myself hard, but when I not feeling well, I prefer gentle yoga and pilates classes where I stay on the mat and complicated poses are not required. I sleep in a little later than usual, I up my water intake, I make healthy, but really simple meals, I use the dishwasher a lot, I rest instead of doing my regular end of day cleanup, I take my vitamins, I drink tea, I listen to my body.

I wish I didn’t wait for my body to put the brakes on to do all the above, I wish I remembered to take this level of care of myself everyday, but as an adult I get busy and my priorities shift mostly towards my to-do lists, not always practicing my own words towards making Self-Care a priority!

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss

Tips on making your health a priority:

*Schedule your yearly checkups with your primary care doctor
If you do not have insurance Planned Parenthood offers appointments for both men and women, there are also mobile clinics you can look into.

*Schedule your twice yearly Dental appointments
If you do not have insurance, dental schools often offer free or very low cost exams, also, some back to school events (which will be starting soon) offer back to school dental specials.

*Schedule your Mammograms, Prostate and Colonoscopy exams
Again, there are free events offered by mobile clinics, the Komen Foundation, Health Fairs, it varies by cities.

There are so many ways to exercise for next to nothing, youtube, Popsugar, and Pinterest are just 3 sites of many that offer free videos and printable workouts. Additionally, libraries have vast selections of workout DVDs. Many cities also offer free workouts in the park, log onto your city’s Parks and Recreation page to see what is available where you live.

*Eat well
It is a sad fact, but eating unhealthy is cheap, but eating healthy can be too as long as you don’t get bogged down in healthy “prepared” food. When you buy things such a produce you cut up yourself or dried beans, rice and other whole grains you cook yourself and when you buy large cuts of meat that are sustainably sourced as well as will often find that stores have loyalty cards, you can find deals online and when you skip the expensive snacks, your total shouldn’t be too startling.

“Head up, heart open. To better days!”
-T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Making time for yourself may seem impossible or just not important, but you cannot be the person your family needs, or the best at your job or even expect to see changes you are working towards in your own life if you don’t make your health a priority. Implementing changes that stick takes time, buy a few more fruits and vegetables, increase your sleep time by 30 minutes, set aside time to exercise and rest, these are small things that add up to huge changes!

Thank you, as always, for allowing us to be a part of your life!
-Team SG


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