Why should you put yourself first when it comes to your health? Well, because gambling with such a precious asset isn’t a wise decision. Intuitively, we all know that our health is vitally important even if we aren’t consciously grateful for each day we face without ailment. If you’ve ever been sick (especially if you’ve suffered a debilitating condition), you know the mere lack of illness is a daily gift. If we are fortunate enough to enjoy good health, shouldn’t we make our individual health and wellness a celebrated priority in our lives?
When’s the last time you stopped to think about how you’re feeling? Maybe it was during your morning walk, while you were meditating, or maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve turned your gaze to the world within. In fact, being in a state of good health might be one of the easiest things to take for granted.
When you’re feeling great, your health might not be given much thought, but, should you start feeling ill, it’s nearly impossible to focus on anything else. Without a healthful foundation, we can’t embrace life fully.
Feeling dis-eased inhibits our ability to enjoy nature, sit in meditation, enjoy nourishing food, exercise, or be intentional and mindful in our everyday strive for balance. While you might not stop to consider your health status in daily life, putting your health first is imperative to unlocking more awakened states of being.
Before your health begins to suffer, you’ll often experience preemptive warning signs. You’ve been feeling a little tired lately…. maybe it’s just those everyday stressors catching up to you? You go home from work, try to relax and unwind, but the next morning, it seems that your feeling of fatigue was something more…you’ve got the flu.
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Ignoring important warning signs can be quite damaging to our wellness goals in all aspects of our lives. The more aware we are of the present moment, the better equipped we will be to handle challenges and roadblocks along the way. If you’re not listening to your body’s internal messages, you may be missing crucial data that could have a deleterious effect on your physical and spiritual well-being.
Putting your health first is your responsibility. Many of us feel pulled in a tug of war between our desire to develop professionally and our desire to find balance in our personal lives.
If you’re intentional, you can absolutely find a like-minded organization that understands your desire for balance, but even the most mindful bosses can’t read your mind. If you feel that your work hours or environment is putting your health at risk, take responsibility to uncover what you can do differently to improve your circumstances. Can you better utilize your downtime? Meditate on your lunch break? Integrate systems to improve your efficiency? Cut out tasks that don’t serve you or your clients?
No employer, physician, hospital, or insurer can protect your health. Only you can make your health and wellness a top priority!