When it comes to achieving better health, it’s important to understand what you can and can’t do to change things. My health challenges have taught me that making good decisions is paramount to living my best life. I’ve come across some juicy keys along the way to healing my body, mind, and spirit. And, I would love to share them with you!
Here are some of my top keys to achieving better health.
Don’t Rush Important Decisions
First of all, never make important decisions when you are emotionally compromised or rushed. This gets a little tough when you’re chronically ill or dealing with something heavy. That said, avoidance can be just as destructive. For me, it’s been better to get focused on solutions and work through decisions with care and consideration. Achieving better health is worth spending the extra time to find the right help and tools needed to level up.
Be Honest with Your Health Care Team
Let’s face it, no one wants to be sick or have uncomfortable symptoms, let alone admit these things to others. The thing is that your real state of health, whether it’s your physical, mental or even dental needs to be shared. Hiding things from your health care team can bite you in the ass…hard. They can’t help you get better or make good decisions unless they know what’s happening. Furthermore, your family and friends have a vested interest in you staying healthy as well. Don’t leave them out if you have health concerns and needs.
While you might not flat-out lie about what you’re feeling, I’m guessing that omitting some information has happened in the past. Though this doesn’t always matter, in some cases it can. For example, not sharing that insomnia hits 6 nights a week instead of the 3 nights you are willing to admit to. Or not telling your dentist that you don’t floss every day…Hint: They can tell, so you might as well be honest. No shame…I just recommend working on being more transparent in the future.
Identify Problematic Habits and Behaviors
We all take the wrong turn with our health at times. The key is recognizing non-serving habits and behaviors before they cause major problems. If you are committed to achieving better health, make the decision to be disciplined about your self-care. Sometimes, simple, small shifts in behavior can be significant in terms of health. For example, if you now eat take-out food 5 nights a week, see if you can limit it to 2 times. If you get no exercise, try walking for 20 minutes once or twice this week. Increase it as you can.
Be Informed about Your Health
Whenever you want to change your health for the better, you likely need information to do so. At least, that’s how it has worked for me my whole life. It’s important to do your research because your health is your responsibility. If you have all of the relevant information in front of you, it’s easier to make the right choices that get results.
For example, if you want to invest in bettering your dental health, talk to your dentist about your options. I recently asked my biological dentist about aligning my teeth because the gaps have bothered me for years…there’s that honesty I mentioned above. I also recently checked out teeth alignment options at Candid Clear Aligners FAQ’s, as I had not heard of it before. And though I might not make this change now, I know what the cost and time investment is. Have the facts about every area of your health so you can move forward with confidence and clarity.
Develop a Plan and Set Goals
Having a plan for your health and setting goals is a solid way to make lasting changes. I’ve done this for many years now to keep my health on an upward trajectory. However, I will admit that my plans haven’t always gone the way I’ve wanted them to. However, I see these times as opportunities to make adjustments that do get positive results.
Two mistakes that I’ve made frequently are setting my goals too high and trying to change too many things at once. Boy, I learned that lesson the hard way many times over. I finally feel like I’ve beat that demon once and for all! My best advice is to cut yourself some slack and be gentle about making changes. Remember, any positive, consistent effort is better than being stagnant.
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