Obtaining and holding onto a state of good health is a natural human desire. However, wanting something and actually getting it are two completely different things. True health takes time, energy, effort, money, and consistency. Some of these things are too difficult for many women to give at any given time. Unfortunately, the result is poor or declining health that doesn’t improve. The only way to fix this is to gain knowledge and actively apply it to our lives. Here are some of my best ways to improve health now.
Have a Quality Healthcare Team
Healthcare is a complicated industry that, unfortunately, doesn’t always cater to the wellbeing of the patients. In other words, it can end up taking us on a wild goose chase for answers that we can’t afford to buy once we find them. That said, I do believe it is worthwhile to search and find the best doctors and practitioners you can afford. Personally, I have chosen a functional doctor as my primary physician after years of being disappointed by the mainstream medical community. I also consult with and use the therapies other types of practitioners like a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and nutritional expert. Go with a healthcare team that listens to you and takes you seriously.
Additionally, if you have children, do look for the appropriate practitioners for them. There are special considerations when dealing with a child’s health and well-being. Furthermore, when acute illness or accidents happen, it’s important to have specialists that know what they’re doing. Going to a Pediatrician, Child Therapist, Nutritionist, or Pediatric Occupational Therapy may be a good idea, as opposed to using the same practitioners you do.
Let Go of Non-Serving Habits and Situations
If you want to improve your present and long term health, it’s important to look at what you’re doing, thinking, eating, and reacting to now. Poor health stems from not what you do once in a while but what you do all the time. This means consistent poor choices and behavior creates an environment of bad health and suffering. These choices, addictions, and behaviors have to change in order to create something different.
Some things to ask yourself: What do you eat regularly? What do you drink regularly? Who do you hang out with a lot? Are you happy with your job? Do you take care of yourself regularly? Are your relationships good? What bothers you the most about your health?
If you have negative answers for any of these questions, consider changing some things. And, remember, if you have multiple adversities in your life, you don’t have to work on everything all at once. Take steps to reach your goals and a better state of health. Simply being aware of something negative in your life is the first step to change.
Do the Things You Resist
Do you know that the things we resist are the things that persist in our lives? Yeah, re-read that. What we don’t want to do usually ends up being the thing that helps us the most. This includes things like going for that walk or bike ride every day, eating those veggies, breaking up with that romantic partner that doesn’t get you, quitting that job that doesn’t pay enough, and breaking those nasty, unhealthful habits.
Our resistance to doing certain things is a form of self-protection that stems from our ancient instincts. We cringe or shy away from that which seems to threaten our comfort. In primitive times, these things were actual threats like an approaching wild animal, snowstorm, or unfriendly intruder. Today, we repel anything that seems to take too much time or energy. Yes, we have become that sensitive and pampered.
Reprogramming ourselves for stamina, tolerance, and perseverance takes time and a plan. I recommend writing out your goals and creating an action plan that asks a little more of you each day.
Don’t Underestimate Quality Sleep
You can do, eat, think, and create all the right things in your life, but if you don’t sleep well, it won’t make as much difference. Getting quality sleep is one of the main pillars of true health that we should not ignore. I know this can be difficult to do, considering our fast-paced lifestyle and stressors. However, it’s because of what we do all day long that we need to get good sleep. Our bodies and minds recover and restore themselves during rest.
There are so many benefits associated with sleep that I don’t have time to list them here. That said, here are just a few that directly affect your overall health: improved cellular regeneration, cognitive function and memory, helps maintain weight, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and quickens healing from illness or injury.
Keep in mind, these are just a few health-improvement tips to try. I recommend that you consult your healthcare team for a comprehensive plan to reach optimal health. Implementing any new strategy will start you on a better road of awareness and success.
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