Are you really serious about your health? Have you taken the necessary steps to address your health concerns? Whether it’s an injury, joint pain, headaches, obesity, chronic condition or Fibromyalgia; what are you waiting for?
Are you waiting to feel so horrible that you can barely get out of bed? If you don’t think it’s affecting your performance or those around you, you are sadly mistaken.
Below are my observations from having worked in healthcare. They are my opinions, and may not reflect those of other professionals.
I have worked in the healthcare industry for 20+ years. In that time I’ve worked with thousands of people, from all walks of life: from skid row in Vancouver to the British Properties, from Hope to Kitsilano. So, suffice to say, I’ve seen it all. I’ve gotten to know people. I understand the motivations people have, or lack of it.
Motivation to help yourself comes from within, and you need to have some “self-love” in order to take that step.
I’m not a psychologist, so I will not be going into detail on improving the most important relationship in your life…the one with yourself. But, I wanted to shine a light on this, since I see this on a daily basis.
I have a test I have been using for about 15 years. I had to start using it when I became more known within a large organization. People saw me as some sort of health guru, so anytime they saw me, it would remind them of their health problems. On a daily basis, people stop me in the hallway asking me for a quick fix for their neck pain, back pain, weight problems, sleep disturbances etc. These people are looking for something easy, like the Green Tea supplement Dr. Oz said was a miracle weight loss pill. My response is now always the same: “I’m in a bit of rush now to get to a meeting (which is usually true). Please email or call me and I’d be happy to set up a detailed assessment.” I seldom hear from them again, until they see me in the hallway a few months later, and the process is repeated.
They aren’t serious about making their health a priority.
I know this may sound flippant. It is actually the opposite. The saying that “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink” is very true. A health care professional’s time is valuable, and they need to focus on the clients that really want the help. It truly saddens me that I can’t help everyone that needs it.
Now, the few people that do take me up on my offer for help are very different. These people e-mail me before I get back to my desk. They are serious. They come to their first appointment and soak it all in. They do their homework and their exercises, and they thirst for more. Their mood changes within a few sessions, and their progress is fast and consistent. They read the books I recommend, watch the videos I send them, and keep doing the program I have outlined for them. Simply put, they get better.
The most important person in your life is yourself. It’s not your kids, your spouse, your best friend or your dog. I have been saying this to anyone that will listen since the advice was given to me by a client at my first job in a physio clinic in 1994.
You can’t be the best version of yourself unless you put your health and wellness first.
You are not the best parent, friend, co-worker, or spouse if you are in pain or depressed. Get serious. Take that leap and make your health a priority and you will start to see positive changes in all the relationships in your life. It takes a real shift in thinking, but, it is well worth the time. Invest in yourself. It will pay dividends in the years to come.
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