I work (by day) as a health promotion educator for a very special population of Canadians. On good days, I'm busy facilitating and speaking on topics related to health prevention. Such (exciting) topics include; eating well, exercise, stress management, addictions awareness, and even suicide intervention. When I'm busy, I am in love with what I do. However.....when those I serve are busy serving, you can hear crickets in my office and I start wondering if I should just become a barrista at Starbucks (something I've always wanted to try). So why is it that health promotion ebbs and flows?
In a perfect world, we would all foresee the future and make the necessary changes to our lifestyles to ensure the best for ourselves down the road. Retirement planning is a great example of this. Why are we so focused on investing our money when most of us won't have a body that works well when we retire? We won't be able to enjoy our money, our summer homes, our leisure time because our bodies will be hurting, sick, or just stopping due to a lifetime of stress, inactivity, and fast food.
|Make your health your "retirement project"!|
If you believe that to focus on one's health is to be selfish (I'm thinking of parents who put all others first without attention to their health needs...very admirable, but not very effective) you won't be any use to anyone if you don't put your health first. Get your 7-8 hours of sleep, eat more vegetables, get some daily physical activity, and lighten up on the seriousness. That is the best way to invest your time, energy, and money!
...and if anyone can help me understand why our "health-care" system is based upon reaction and not prevention (and I'm aware underbelly of it all) please let me in on it.
That's all I got...