What’s preventing you from being well? I mean, for the vast majority of us, total health is completely in our control. Sure, many will claim it to be the effects of bad luck or bad genes but, the truth is, you are largely in control of whether or not you ultimately develop one of the myriad of chronic illnesses that plague millions of Americans.
Poor health is not a matter of fate. It doesn’t occur because we are genetically programmed to get sick either. If we were, humans would be the only animal on the planet that was actually genetically programmed for disease. Contrary to what you may have been told, we are programmed to thrive and live abundantly, not gradually decay and live at less than our full potential.
So, what’s holding you back? Why aren’t you living at your full potential? The bigger questions is, why have you accepted it as normal? Having practiced as long as I have, you realize that the list of reasons that people have not to take care of themselves is as limitless as there are stars in the sky. Here are just a few:
1. I don’t have time – The truth is, everyone has time. It’s just not a priority for you. Sleeping in, watching a little extra television, or relaxing on the weekends is just more important to you. We all have 24 limited hours within the day. Why is it, then, that some people can find time to take care of themselves while others just never seem to be able. The reality is that you must make the time. If your health is a priority, your other activities would be scheduled around taking care of yourself.
2. It’s too expensive to be healthy – In reality, being healthy can be very inexpensive. Eating fresh foods, fruits and vegetables, can be a lot less expensive than the pre-packaged garbage we so readily consume. A gym membership you say? Work out at home, it’s free. Regular preventative chiropractic care is a lot cheaper than treating acute back pain. Heck, taking care of yourself is a lot cheaper than getting sick.
3. It’s too much work to take care of myself – Of course, being well takes work. Anyone can get sick but can everyone be well? The answer is, for the most part, yes. However, wellness doesn’t just happen on its own. Health is a matter of deliberate intent. The body is definitely designed to be healthy in optimum circumstances but who lives an ideal lifestyle? We are all constantly bombarded by physical and mental stresses. What separates the healthy from the disease is how we address those stresses and help our body’s adapt to the constant assault.
4. I have no self control – We all have self control. Without it, we’d all be criminals. More likely. You’ve chosen not to control those aspects of your life that contribute to a healthy lifestyle or may be inconvenient. Whether you manifest any control around a piece of chocolate cake or not is matter of choice. It’s not to say that your choices will be easy for you but all of your decisions have consequences, good and bad. You have to choose to be in control.
5. I just keep forgetting – Again, this is a reflection of priorities. You probably wouldn’t forget to pick your kids up from school. You probably also wouldn’t forget to eat. If you want to be successful at being healthy, you need a schedule and a routine. Write down what you need to do and when you need to do it. A short pencil is better than a long memory.
Now, what does this all mean? It generally means that a person can have every reason in the book to excuse their apathy and neglect. It also means that the only thing standing in your way is you. The reality that many may face, though, is that if you don’t remember and make time to take care of yourself now, time will be found for you later when you get sick. The choice is up to you. Choose to be healthy now or expect to be sick later. Either way, the decision is in your hands. Be well.