3 Decisions to Better your Health
To me there is nothing worse than a person who is chronically ill and unhappy, yet I see and hear about this phenomenon every day. This results from imbalances one has lost control over, most of the time as a result of an unbalanced lifestyle forced by our current way of living and a passive approach to health.
Without control over our health, we take it for granted, without proactive ‘self health’. Our health is our responsibility to maintain. We'll never live our lives fully and chronic diseases representing the main cause of death in our society will strike after a build up of years of poor decision-making or an accumulation of bad habits.
But how do you cultivate proactive health?
What’s the point of achievement and success to then lose the most precious thing needed to enjoy it all, your health?
For nearly a decade, I’ve had the privilege of learning and coaching people to regain control of their health. Reflecting on the success achieved, I’ve found that virtually every time people make three key decisions that dictate the quality of their lives.
If you make these decisions unconsciously, you’ll end up like the majority of people who tend to be out of shape physically, exhausted emotionally and with worrying symptoms as the years goes by.
But if you make these decisions consciously, you can literally change the course of your life today.
Decision 1: Make it personal to you
At any given moment, millions of things compete for your attention. We tend to address the little things in life one after the other, without really focusing on ourselves. Where the focus goes, energy flows.
What you focus on and your pattern for doing so shapes your entire life.
How much did you spend the last few days thinking about what you could do to improve your own wellbeing?
Which area do you tend to focus on more on your daily life?
If you examine your daily habits, what do you tend to spend most of your time dwelling on?
Rather than focusing on what can be done in the future, before you tackle the mountain of things you need to do at work, thinking of all the things you don’t have and begrudging those who are better off than you, perhaps you should acknowledge that you have much to be grateful for, and some of it has nothing to do with money.
You can be grateful for your health, family, friends, freedom of choice and your healthy mind.
Developing a habit of appreciating your health is a first step. You can create a new level of wealth and emotional well-being simply from doing that. But the real question is, do you take time to deeply feel grateful of your healthy mind and healthy body?
Creating a personal relationship with your own physiology and being grateful for it is the first step of acknowledgement.
If you focus on what you can’t control, you’ll have more stress in life. You can influence many aspects of your life, but you usually can’t control them. Your health however can be one of them.
When you adopt this pattern of focus, your brain has to make another decision.
Decision 2: Figure out what I need to do
This step will lead you from a ‘passive’ state to a more proactive mind-set.
Let me give you example of a passive state: How many of you know someone who takes antidepressants and is still depressed?
How many people do you know with high cholesterol that take medicine for years and still have a high reading?
How is this possible? The drugs should make people feel better. It’s true that antidepressants come with labels warning that suicidal thoughts are a possible side effect.
But no matter how much people drug themselves, if no other actions are being taken, the source of the imbalance will remain.
The focus therefore should shift to what to do to make necessary changes.
A proactive approach to lifestyle, diet, environment are most of the time enough to make those symptoms disappear within a timeframe of 6 to 12 weeks, for good if the right habits implemented are truly installed.
A change of focus and a shift in meaning can literally alter someone’s biochemistry in minutes.
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So take control and always remember: action equals change. Make sure to prioritise and find support if needed.
Once you have became proactive towards your health, it creates an emotion in your mind and that emotion leads to a state to make your third decision.
Decision 3: Build, what will you do?
The actions you take on a daily basis shape your health.
If you want to shape your actions, the fastest way is to change what you focus on and transform them into empowering actions.
Building habits that are right for you.
The baseline of optimum health is simple.
- Eat whole and nutrient rich food as opposed to processed calorie dense food
- Move! Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day
- Spend a minimum of 20 minutes a day of vigorous activity
- Avoid consuming too much alcohol etc.
Start here as a habit and once the baseline of optimum health is achieved, its time to get more personalised.
What areas of your health are imbalanced? What are the daily lifestyle, diet and environmental mini habits that could fix it?
It’s very useful to know where you are now to make the appropriate changes. This is now possible thanks to genomic and functional medicine and it has never been a better time for you to regain control of your health.
Now that you’re aware of the power of these three decisions, start today, and shift your health from a degenerative state to an empowering one.
It’s not rocket science. Being healthy is easy, we are born this way, but we forget it is our responsibility to maintain. If you become aware of the differences in how people approach these three decisions, then you’ll have a pathway to help you create permanent positive changes.
What is your winning plan? be in touch now to find out how to start your health journey the right way.