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What is your health worth to you?

10 May 2011 5:02 PM - Have you ever stopped to think about it?
What is your health worth to you?

I'm curious about how you look after your health.  (In fact, as a naturopath I spend most of my waking hours thinking about my clients' health).

Have you stopped to think about what your health is worth to you?  I hope you have.  

I would argue your health is the most precious asset you have and that without good health everything else is just a little less satisfying.

Here in my naturopathic clinic in Melbourne, clients come to us looking to improve their health. Maybe they are tired, not sleeping, gaining weight, stressed, depressed or anxious or just constantly catching every bug that goes around.

So, amongst other evaluations, one of the important things we do is to have a look at their diet and lifestyle for clues as to what might be contributing to their current poor health. Once we have identified those aspects that might be perpetuating their health issues we have to work out how to change them for the better.

It's fair to say that occasionally we get some pushback. Sometimes, people are not prepared to change their routine (even though it clearly is not supporting good health) or perhaps they aren't prepared to take the treatments we suggest. This is all part of the challenge of being a good naturopath but it can make it difficult to achieve the outcomes our clients desire if they are not prepared to invest in their health.


So, what do you invest in maintaining your health, either in time or money? 


Time

Let's look at the "time" issue first.  Most of us "don't have enough time" to do all the things we would like and often, it is time to exercise or time to prepare a healthy meal or time to unwind that is the first thing to go. 

How often have you said one of these things?

  • "I don't have time to exercise today"

  • "I don't have time to go to the supermarket so I'll just get take away"

  • "I'll just finish this task first...then I'll relax"  

Do any of these statements apply to you? 

As someone once said (and I wish I could remember who),

 if you don't have time to look after your health now I hope you are prepared to lose time to illness later!

Maybe think about that the next time you are "too busy" to prioritise your health. 


And what about money?  

Most of us don't have enough money for all the things we would like and so we have to make choices about what we spend our money on.  

Obviously there are some essentials such as a roof over our heads, food on the table, the kids' education and clothes on our backs but I hope your health (and that of your family) is also given priority, especially over things that are arguably "non-essentials". 

Is cost one of the things preventing you from seeing a health care professional, seeking help with your diet and lifestyle or taking herbal and nutritional supplements to achieve and maintain good health? 

Have you stopped to think about other things you happily spend money on?  Perhaps they bring happiness now but is that happiness short-lived and will they still be of value to you in 20 or 30 years time?  It fascinates me that men and women will happily spend money on "toys" or, what I would call "superficial" improvements like getting their nails done or their hair coloured  but then say that it costs too much to look after their health.  I really hope this doesn't apply to you. 

Be prepared to work on your health now. Treat it as a priority and it will pay dividends for years to come. It's a bit like superannuation for your body and mind. Think of it as an investment!

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

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