Have you ever stopped to think about it?
What is your health worth to you? I’m curious about how you value 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 important.
Here in my naturopathic clinic, clients come to us looking to improve their health. Maybe they are tired, not sleeping, gaining weight, stressed, depressed or anxious, riddled with allergies or sensitivities 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 is clearly not supporting good health) or perhaps they aren’t prepared to take the treatments we prescribe. This is all part of the challenge of being an effective naturopath but it can make it difficult to achieve the outcomes our clients desire if they are not prepared to make the investment in their health.
Often, it comes down to time or money
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 or sleep 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 reflect on that for a moment, 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 in the short-term 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 we will happily spend money on “toys” or, what I would call “superficial” improvements like getting your nails done or your hair coloured but then say that it costs too much to look after your health. I really hope this doesn’t apply to you.
So, it is not my intention to judge, but as your health advocate it is my job to remind you occasionally of the importance of prioritising your health. Even if you are feeling well now, it is important to make the right choices to stay that way.