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The #1 Key to Being Healthy
Every week I talk to multiple people who want to have more energy, lose weight, stabilize their blood sugar, or relieve their anxiety, depression, chronic pain, digestive issues….and the list goes on.
When I ask these people why they aren’t taking better care of themselves, the most common response is:
“I don’t have the time.”
I understand. I’ve been there—rushing almost anytime I moved from my desk, working crazy-long hours, quickly shoveling meals into my mouth, even hurrying to yoga class so I could relax for an hour. (What a parody!)
I find myself with that same thought sometimes still, that I don’t have the time to do everything I want. With that thought, my chest begins to seize up, and I can feel myself becoming paralyzed…frozen…stuck.
Question Is…Is It a Priority?
I slow it down. I pause. I remember that not everything I want is a top priority. Then I mentally refer to my list of priorities, and I become un-stuck.
My list of priorities happens to be topped by two items, one aside the other: fulfilling my own needs for health (physical, emotional, cognitive)…and fulfilling those needs for my little daughter.
If I truly don’t have time for that in my schedule, I CREATE time, because those two priorities take precedence in my life over everything else. I shift my schedule; cancel a lower-priority engagement; plan an easier meal; go to sleep earlier so I can wake up revved (refreshed, efficient, effective); ask for help—whatever needs to be done.
As a single mom to a tot, I can tell you this is not always easy! It takes DAILY commitment from me—and sometimes hour-to-hour.
What I’ve learned, however, is that if I’m not willing to ACTIVELY PRIORITIZE MY HEALTH, my health falters.
If I put my daughter’s needs above my own, my physical, cognitive and/or emotional health begins to falter. Then I’m not as available to her as she needs me to be anyway!
Or if I prioritize my work (which I love!) above my own health, my health falters. Then I’m not as effective, efficient or present in my work as I or my clients deserve.
Being clear on my priorities has made life a whole lot simpler for me.
Being clear on your priorities can simplify your life, too.
How to Get Clear on Your Priorities
When I first created and completed this exercise for myself, it became clear that my full-body/full-being health and my daughter’s both needed to be at the top of the list. If one of us doesn’t feel well physically or emotionally, EVERYTHING ELSE in our lives is affected. This is how I ended up with two #1 priorities: my health and hers are so strongly intertwined.
I’d love to hear how your list turns out. Let me know: what are your top priorities?
Being clear that your health is a top priority is THE #1 way to be healthier, because when your health is a clear top priority, you know exactly where to focus your time, energy, money and effort.
When you’ve completed the worksheet I’ve given you, you have given yourself a reference—your list of top priorities—to evaluate if you’re getting distracted and spending too much time, energy, money and/or effort on lower priorities in your life.
Whatever your priorities may be, TAKE GOOD CARE!