3 Essential Ways to Improve Your Health and Wellbeing
Do you find that you’re constantly on the run each and every day? Dashing out of the door in the morning after only a bite of a piece of toast and a cup of coffee, running to deal with professional obligations during the day, dashing home at night, and then running to the sofa in order to space out in front of the TV for a while before getting too little sleep yet again?
A lot of us are perhaps busier today than we’ve ever been before, and all too often this results in us neglecting our health and wellbeing. This goes double for those among us who have an entrepreneurial inclination, and who want to do the best we can in life, and to meet our potential, come rain or shine.
But life can be truly miserable when we don’t take the time to attend to our health and wellbeing, and it’s very difficult to remain even marginally productive when we’re perpetually sabotaging ourselves through abusive behaviors and a lack of attention given to our health.
Make resolving any health concerns you may have a priority.
If you suffer from any chronic medical conditions, or any physical conditions which impact negatively on your wellbeing, you should make it a priority to get those issues attended to the best of your ability. It’s certainly no less than you would do for a loved one, and you shouldn’t expect any less from yourself.
If, for example, you’re hard of hearing, and find that your hearing impacts on your quality of life negatively and makes it more difficult for you to navigate a wide range of social situations, you should drop whatever you need to in order to learn more about the best hearing aids for your needs, and the best batteries for those hearing aids. Then you should make the required appointments and acquire one of those hearing aids at the nearest possible opportunity.
Don’t put up with unnecessary pain, or frustration, because you’re too busy, or too proud, or too careless to take proactive steps to improve your quality of life.
Stop treating sleep as a luxury. It’s a necessity.
There’s a general view that’s quite prevalent in modern culture, that sleep is basically a decadent luxury for weekends. The kind of thing that fits in the same category as chocolate mousse and caviar. More than that, you often see and hear ambitious people sneering at those who sleep “too much”, and talking about it as though it’s a sign of weakness and sloth to sleep more than 5 or 6 hours a night.
The simple fact, however, is that sleep is not a luxury. Not at all. Far from it. Sleep is absolutely essential to life, and getting enough sleep each night, in order to feel rested the next morning, is essential for the optimal functioning of every system in your body.
Researchers have found that people who don’t sleep enough suffer depression at higher rates, perform worse in the workplace, and experience a range of dramatic and negative health consequences.
The example of Peter Tripp — a radio DJ from the 50’s — serves as a good example here. Tripp decided to do a record “wakeathon” on air. After several days of not sleeping, he was hallucinating and developed multiple personality disorder. Those close to him claim he was never the same again after that experiment.
Surround yourself with people who want the best for you.
If your entire circle of friends is based around a questionable pastime, like hard drinking, then you might be well-advised to pause for a moment and ask you if you’re surrounded by the kind of people who want the best for you, or just the kind of people who see you as an entertaining prop, to be used for their own amusement.
A lot of people suffer from health and emotional issues because they surround themselves with the kind of people who have a negative and draining influence. If your friends wouldn’t help you in a tight spot, or stand by you when making a tough decision, they may not be the kind of friends you need in your life at all.
If your drinking buddy can crack a good joke, but also eggs you on to get horribly wasted when he knows your drinking is causing you problems in your family life, you should consider the very real possibility that he’s not your “friend” in any true sense, and isn’t the kind of person you need in your life.
These are, of course, not the only areas of your life affecting your health and wellbeing. There many areas of your life you can make positive changes. These are a great place to start. Put some thought into what changes you can start making today to improve both your mental and physical health and wellbeing.
What changes are you going to start making today? Share in the comments below!