When it comes to our health, sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Our lifestyles, thought patterns, and behaviors can often create problems that will negatively affect our overall well-being in both the short and the long-term.
In short, we sabotage our health and only have ourselves to blame when we later become sick.
Consider the following, for example. Do any of these signs relate to you?
#1: You are forever procrastinating
Why do something today when you can do it tomorrow? Well, your health might depend on it, that’s why. And especially if you always abide by this procrastinating mentality, you aren’t doing yourself any favors if you continue to think this way.
So, start an exercise routine today instead of tomorrow. Book your healthcare appointments early instead of ignoring the value of getting your health checked out. Start stocking your cupboards with healthy foods today instead of waiting until another day to start your healthy eating plan. Take the steps needed to kick your bad habits instead of going another day beholden to them. And if you know you need to do further things to improve your overall health, then be proactive instead of waiting until a later date to protect your well-being.
#2: You are in denial
Stop saying “I’m okay” when you know you’re not okay! By denying yourself the possibility of help and support, you are only hurting yourself.
So, take steps to get the help you need. If you know you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, stop fooling people with a happy exterior. See your doctor, get counseling, and ask for support from your family and friends. And if you know you have an addiction problem, stop fooling yourself by telling yourself you can handle it. Show courage and tell a friend. Seek the help of a rehab center or addiction clinic. And benefit from the intensive outpatient treatment that will put you on the road to recovery.
You know yourself better than anyone, so deny your need for help no more. In whatever way is relevant to you, if you know that you need support, overcome your feelings of pride or fear and get it. Your health will start to improve if you do.
#3: You are always busy
What’s wrong with being busy? With work, family, and our social lives, we can all be guilty of busyness from time to time. But here’s the thing. If you are forever busy, and if you rarely slow down, you could be hurting your health. A busy lifestyle can lead to exhaustion, and that can lead to burnout and a variety of stress-related illnesses. You will then be forced into a less-than-busy lifestyle because your health will have taken a turn for the worse.
So, slow down! Carve out a hole in your schedule for me-time, with ample opportunities for rest and relaxation. Say ‘no’ once in a while to the people who make demands of your time. And be your own best friend instead of your own worst enemy by telling yourself ‘no’ when you’re tempted to add more to your daily itinerary. Your long-term health depends upon it!
So, could you be sabotaging your own health? If you can relate to what we have suggested, then yes, you probably are. Therefore, take the next steps necessary to help yourself, not only for the personal benefits but for the benefit of the people who love and care for you as well.
Take care, and thanks for reading.