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  • Writer's pictureTerry Miller

How Important is Your Health (to you)?

Have you ever seen the Four Quadrants of Time Management? If not, click on the hyperlink. Basically, there are things that are urgent or non-urgent, and things that are important and non-important. I would like to propose that you can keep your health out of the urgent box if it is in the important box. Let me explain.

Health IS important to all of us at the time of some type of dysfunction. Whether it is disease or injury, our bodies are always important to us. When you have pain, your body becomes urgently important. When you get the flu, you change your life to get over it. When your knee or hip or shoulder isn’t operating correctly, which augments normal life, it matters. When the unthinkable happens, a lump, a stroke, the onset of Alzheimer’s, all of a sudden your body’s importance can supersede almost every other thing in your life. There isn’t a day that goes by that your body isn’t important to you, we just don’t think about it. Even when we do give it a little pondering, it doesn’t rise to the level of importance that it should had we been thinking clearly.

Your heart is important. Your central nervous system is important. Your ability to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar is important. We would all agree with that. When I ask people, “How many times a year is it acceptable to be sick?” almost everyone answers, “zero”. The disconnect is that we don’t have health in our important “box” until it rises to the level of urgent! We do it with credit debt. We do it with marriage. We do it with our mental and emotional health, as well. In the words of Dr. Phil, “What were you thinking?!”

There are simple things you can do to improve your health. Today! Like get over 8 hours of sleep. That is something most want to do but we don’t seem to do it. We claim busyness but my suspicion is that it has little to do with how much we MUST do on a daily basis and more about our choices. Your choices create an environment for health. Before you go on a diet or get a dry sauna put in your home, how about creating a pathway to health? A game plan. You know, like professionals do in business, theater, and athletics. An honest evaluation and an informed and thought out game plan. If you need help, email me.

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