If you think about it, good health is our most important asset. We can't show up for work, for our families, or for ourselves if we don't feel well. Protecting and nurturing our health becomes a vital step on our road to success.
How do you support your good health? These are five things we've identified that we can all work on this year to become the best, healthiest versions of ourselves.
If you grew up on meat and potatoes, like I did, it might have taken you awhile to realize there's a wide world of food out there that is delicious and not at all difficult to prepare. If you can follow directions, you can follow a recipe, which means you can cook. There are so many recipes and tutorials online to help you no matter what kind of healthy eating plan you want to follow.
A New Sport or Activity
It's all about variety! How do you know you don't love mountain biking if you've never tried it? What if Pilates could be the one class at the gym that makes you jump out of bed in the morning? Maybe the volleyball league at the rec center is where you'll meet the love of your life or your next best customer. And if not? You never have to do it again.
Take a look at what's available in your area and decide right now to try a new sport, class, or activity. The exercise is great for your mind and body; mixing up your routine is healthy, too!
How to Say No
Nothing is more draining than having to go do something you don't want to do, especially if you spend a lot of time dreading it. This is unavoidable to a degree, but we don't have to go out of our way to do things we really dislike or don't have time for.
Learning how to say "no" when others ask you to do these things will go a long way in maintaining your sanity. It frees time on the schedule for what you really need and want to do. Practice your polite no next time you're asked to do something that makes you cringe, that repeats a favor you did last week (and the week before), or that takes too much time away from your business, family, or personal time.
It's easy to avoid organizing your taxes, putting together a will, or talking to your parents about whether or not they have the money to cover assisted living and even funeral expenses. None of that stuff is very pleasant. But avoiding it doesn't make it go away, it just makes it harder to deal with when the time comes. Spending the interim in uncertainty is stressful, as well.
Cleaning up your finances and knowing where your money is and what you'll be responsible for is essential. You'll feel better having a game plan. Get the professional help you need from an accountant and a financial planner so you don't stress unnecessarily about your finances.
An Expanded Awareness of Medical Options
We need to remember something important: doctors are people. As in any profession, there are good doctors and there are bad doctors. If what your doctor says doesn't feel right to you, or if you feel like you aren't being listened to, seek a second opinion. Seek a third. Be your best advocate for your own body and your own health.
What are you doing this year to promote your good health?