Most individuals would answer yes if asked whether they should prioritize their health. However, not everyone does. Work, kids, housework, yardwork, carpooling, paying bills, visiting with friends and family, and a slew of other responsibilities frequently put health to the bottom of the priority list. We know we should eat more veggies and less red meat, exercise more, sleep more, and drink more water, but we don't. Or don't do it on a regular basis. Despite our hectic schedules, family responsibilities, and never-ending to-do lists, it is feasible to prioritize our health and really enjoy it.
When pushed, individuals often claim that they are "too busy" to prioritize their health. The truth is that they aren't overworked; they are just putting other things ahead of their health (which sooner or later, will catch up with them, possibly in very unpleasant ways). Rather than creating excuses, we encourage you to follow these easy guidelines for a healthier, and hopefully happier, you.
There are 9 things you can do right now to prioritize your health.
1. Concentrate on yourself
Taking care of oneself is not a priority for many individuals, particularly women. They may consider it, but putting it into action is another story. Consider this: if you're ill, tired, and sad, checking off every item on your to-do list is pointless. Those who are able to prioritize their health above others are able to make it a priority in their life. This should not imply being egotistical or unconcerned about others. What it means is that you should make self-care an unashamedly essential aspect of your life, one that is well worth your time and effort. What's the end result? Not only will you be healthier, but you'll also be able to love and care for the people in your life more effectively.
2. Make self-care a priority in your everyday routine
It's not easy to find time to exercise, eat properly, and sleep more. Because you make time for it, it becomes a part of your life. Make time for exercises, food planning, meditation (or another kind of mental concentrating), and sleep in your routine. You'll quickly discover that a little forethought goes a long way toward ensuring that you have the time you need to get and remain healthy, in addition to all of your other obligations.
3. Create habits rather than making adjustments
It's simple to alter your diet or go to the gym instead of using the elevator one day. It's challenging to make such adjustments stay, to convert them into long-term habits. If you really want to put your health first, you must repeatedly select activities that you like.
Do you despise the act of running? Find an activity that you like. Is kale making you nauseous? Choose nutritious meals that you like and include them into your regular diet rather than treating them as a treat. Do you like taking your dog for a walk? Take a long walk with him/her. The trick is to discover activities that you love and look forward to performing on a daily basis, and then stick to them.
4. Change your surroundings
People are products of their surroundings, including the people, foods, and order or chaos in which they live. You're unlikely to eat carrot sticks if your cupboard is stocked with snacks, cookies, and crackers. Keep in mind that every purchase you make at the grocery store is an investment in your health. Similarly, every time you exercise, you are investing in your health. You are not setting yourself up for success if you make bad investments (unhealthy eating, not exercising). So take a close look at your entire surroundings and make changes if it isn't assisting you in being healthier.
5. Set realistic objectives
You must go slowly and carefully, step by step, if you really want to establish habits, not changes. Start with going to the gym one day a week, then two, then three, but not all five days at once. The essential thing is to recognize that even tiny changes are changes and that these modest changes accumulate over time to become large habits. To make your health a priority and keep it that way, concentrate on modest, long-term improvements that you can stick with.
6. Consider the fact that you only have one body
You only get one body in life. If you don't take care of it, who else will? There are only one set of organs and joints, one brain, and one cardiovascular system in your body. No one will prioritize your health for you if you do not prioritize it yourself. You may make all the excuses you want, but it's powerful to know that you're in charge of the improvements you want to see. Be kind with yourself and begin where you need to begin, but remember that this is not your practice life; it is the only one you have.
7. Pay attention to the food labels
Make it a practice to read all of the labels on the foods you purchase. Examine the amount of fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, protein, trans fats, MSG, artificial coloring/flavoring, and preservatives in each item. Also, keep an eye on the portion size to ensure you don't eat more calories than necessary.
8. Keep tabs on your figures
Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, BMI, and bone density are all measures that you should be aware of and keep track of. They may also assist you in determining your risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Ask your healthcare practitioner whether you can be tested, how frequently, and what the results may tell you about your health if you don't know your statistics.
9. Consume nutritious foods
Spend some time planning out your weekly meal. Remove unneeded carbs, saturated fat, starches, sweets, and empty calories and replace them with fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, and whole grains. You'll be amazed how little changes to your diet may have a significant impact on your weight, health, and mood.
What will you do in the new year to prioritize your health?
Many aspects of your life will automatically fall into line with your aim of becoming healthy if you make it a priority. So, take it slowly, one step at a time, don't allow failures to disrupt your goals, and most importantly, enjoy the ride.