We have so many things we are responsible for it can be hard to get it all done. After our health stops being a priority because of everything we are trying to do. Over time that choice can cause our health to really suffer. It’s time to make your health a priority again.
The other day I was writing out my priorities. The first time I wrote them out I had my health pretty far down the list. I thought about it for a few minutes and realized none of my other priorities can be taken care of if I’m exhausted and unhealthy. I’m doing a disservice to all parts of my life when my health isn’t the best it can be.
I rewrote my priority list and put health on the top. This did give me a sense of guilt at first because my health is personal and it seemed selfish to focus on myself before my husband, family or friends. But again I reminded myself that being the best I can be can only help the others in my life.
Making your health a priority will look different for each person as we all have different areas we struggle in. For me, I need to eat more veggies, reduce my intake of sugar, get more sleep, exercise more, and lose weight.
I think many will be able to relate to my list. However, sit down and think about your own list for a bit. Do you too much fast food? Are you drinking too much coffee? What issues do you need to address to be healthier?
Tips for Making Your Health a Priority
- Write down the areas you want to change. Writing things down helps us really focus on it. When you are starting to slip you can go back and read your list again.
- Make your goals realistic. Saying “I want to lose 10 lbs a week” is not realistic or even healthy. When you make unrealistic goals you set yourself up for failure and disappointment.
- Tell someone what your goals are. One thing I have learned from the Make Over Your Mornings online course, that I’m currently taking, is that telling someone what you are doing can help keep you more accountable.
- Create actionable steps. When writing your goals also write what steps you will take to reach them. Don’t just put “lose 10 lbs” put down what you will do to meet this goal. Goals are great but without a plan to reach them it’s unlikely you will.
- Stop living in survival mode. If you feel like you are living in survival mode you are likely stressed and not taking care of yourself very well. It can be hard to break this cycle. If you are struggling with this try the Say Goodbye to Survival Mode course. You can do the course at your own pace and it’s only 7 days. The information in the course is invaluable.
- Give yourself grace. You won’t be perfect all of the time. It’s okay! Dust yourself off and get back on track.
When you start making your health a priority the rest of your life benefits. We are more productive and happier when we take care of ourselves. You are worth investing in.