Do me a favor. Take a moment to consider your priorities in life. Make a list of the top five things that are most important to you right now.
Now let me ask you a question, did you put yourself and/or your health on that list? If you answered no, then why did you answer no? I know I personally like to put others needs before my own as I am sure so many of you do too. However, today I want to discuss why it is important to make yourself and your health a priority.
Personally, I think the root of many people not making their health a priority is because they simply do not truly care about themselves. There are so many excuses that you can use to not take care of yourself. We take care of and cherish things that we really care about, from our cars and pets to our houses. So why do we not stop and make sure that we are taking care of our bodies?
Side Note: Just because you are “skinny” does not mean that you are healthy or taking good care of your body. I have seen people with a healthy body mass index (BMI) develop type 2 diabetes. I have also seen people who are skinny and do not have a healthy BMI because they struggle with an eating disorder.
If you are reading this and it hits home for you then start thinking about how you can start taking better care of yourself. Below are 5 tips that I think might be helpful!
This sounds a little cheesy, but it is so true. You need to love yourself. If you truly learn to love yourself and your body then caring for it won’t be a problem anymore! Start out each day by finding something positive about yourself. Enlist family members to help be positive and uplifting.
Consider what will happen if you don’t start taking care of yourself
Medical bills, doctor visits, loss of independence, inability to work, inability to take care of other family members, and even death are all things that could occur in your near future if you do not start taking care of your body.
Make a choice and stick with it
Once you make the decision to start taking better care of yourself, begin by setting some goals. Make these goals a priority. Don’t let an excuse stop you from following through with your goals.
You already know every excuse you have ever used to not take care of yourself. Plan ahead and find a solution to these excuses. That way when the moment hits you to make a decision on if you will follow through with your goals or not…. you are prepared to follow through.
Help each other out
Let’s be supportive and helpful to our family and friends. Be cautious of what you say and how you say it. Food can be a sensitive topic for anyone with disordered eating patterns. But also make sure you are not an enabler. If you love and care for someone who is struggling to take care of their health then don’t make it any easier for them to keep living like that. For example, if someone you know and love is overweight/obese and on the path to developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. then please don’t go buy them a huge basket full of candy and soda pop. Instead buy them a book, movie or something else non-food related that they are interested in.
Ultimately it is up to you to start taking care of yourself. Nobody can do it for you and nobody can make you do it. But there are resources and people to help you along the way. As Samwise Gamgee once stated to Frodo about the burden he was carrying… “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you”.