Your health is worth a great deal to you. You would be very unhappy if you could not do life without any lifestyle diseases, and were not able to feel well or have the energy to do great work.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize the full value of their health until it is gone. They wait until obesity, heart disease, chronic fatigue, drug abuse, type 2 diabetes, and alcoholism invade their lives. When symptoms become severe, they often wonder “how did I get this way?” The follow-up thought usually is something like “I wish I could have my health back.”
Start taking care of yourself now, so you can better manage your health in times of crisis. Consider investing in these five pillars of success to help you stay healthy: nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep hygiene, and mental well-being.
1. Take responsibility
Many people believe that they are entitled to good health simply because they exist. However, no one or thing is responsible for ensuring our needs for good health.
The quality of your health is entirely up to you. You are the only one who can control how healthy you are, and the only person who can make changes to improve your health. Lifestyle diseases are the most common health problems in people, and you can’t blame them on your friends or family. Most of these diseases are caused by how you live your life.
It is important to stop blaming everything and everyone for your problems. You have to assume responsibility for your own happiness and success.
2. Find peace with the now
Reality can be a sobering experience. Looking in the mirror, reviewing your medical records, and learning you have type 2 diabetes can be difficult to take. However, by using coping strategies that don’t consume your mental energy, you can manage these moments effectively.
Taking responsibility and owning up to reality creates an immediate tension in your mind. You are now aware of how your past behavior has impacted your current circumstances, and you now have a destination of where you’d like to be. The space in between causes friction. Managing problems calmly and effectively is key to achieving inner peace. What has already happened is in the past, and what might happen in the future isn’t guaranteed. All you can focus on is being present and doing your best right now.
You have control over how you spend your time, and whether or not you allow yourself to feel negative or self-loathing. You can choose to approach this time in a positive way, by being grateful for what is available to you and working towards achieving your goals.
The past is behind you and the future is out of your control. All you can do is live in the present.
3. Be aware of toxins
A toxin is a substance that can harm your system when it enters your body. Toxins are substances that can harm our health and the environment. Many people choose to avoid toxins by using pesticides, heavy metals, or industrial pollutants.
The two types of toxins that you are most likely referring to are internal toxins and external toxins. Internal toxins refer to substances that originate from within the body, while external toxins come from environmental exposures. Both can be harmful to your health, but it’s important to consider both when assessing the damage done to your overall well-being.
Disclaimer: “Gluten-free” is a hot topic on social media. There is a growing trend of people choosing to go gluten-free but is it worth the costs? This choice can be costly for both the individual and the economy as a whole, however, gluten intolerance and celiac disease are real issues.
There is conflicting research on how many people have a severe intolerance to gluten, which is known as celiac disease. I’ve found that anywhere from 1-12.5% of people actually have celiac disease, which means that millions of people are affected by this condition. There are about 15% of people are on Twitter, so it might be helpful for you to know more about this topic if you’re concerned about your own health.
Celiac disease can be debilitating over time. The autoimmune assault destroys the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients, leading to a landslide of health issues. The only treatment? Lifelong avoidance of gluten.
There is a real concern that some people may be self-diagnosing celiac disease without receiving a proper diagnosis. However, it is always best to receive a proper diagnosis from your doctor.
Industrial seed oil
Anthropological research has found that the optimal ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats is about 1:1. Additionally, a diet with a lower ratio of Omega-6 fats is connected to modern inflammatory diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes; all of which are on the rise in America today. The high Omega-6/Omega-3 ratios seen in today’s diets have consequences for health that include inflammation.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Cardiovascular disease
The industrial seed oils that are the most toxic are safflower, sunflower, corn, sesame, and corn oil. These oils contain 0% Omega-3 fat and a high percentage of Omega 6-fat.
Obesity is caused by too many calories and not enough exercise.
Nearly seventy percent of Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight, which has the potential to balloon to 2.3 billion people worldwide by 2015 due to obesity being caused primarily by eating too many calories rather than exercising sufficiently.
Eating too much sugar can have an impact on your health. Here is sugar by the numbers:
- Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
- The average American eats 1 pound of sugar every day.
- There are 600,000 processed food items in our environment, and 80% of them contain added sugar.
- 90% of kids and 50% of the U.S. population drinks soda once a day.
- One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of obesity by 60%.
- You have to walk 41/2 miles to burn off one 20-ounce soda.
- you’d have to run 4 miles a day for a week to burn off one supersize fast-food meal.
- Nearly 70% of Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight.
Autonomy in your career
Imagine working in an office rather than showing up at a certain time or any time for that matter, you just have to get the work done.
Managing employees is not just about making sure they are physically present in the office. It’s also important to create a work environment that allows employees to achieve their best performance.
Doesn’t that sound like it would be easier to get work done?
The traditional model of management in the workplace is no longer sustainable. Employees do not want someone constantly monitoring their every move, and this type of atmosphere can quickly lead to resentment. Additionally, this type of management deprives employees of a fundamental human desire–the urge to be creative and produce quality work.
Many businesses are moving away from the traditional work model where employees are strictly supervised and have short working hours. Instead, these businesses prefer a “long-leash” approach where employees have more freedom to be themselves and work on projects that interest them. This new model is better for both employees and employers because it allows for a more productive workforce.
Employees are no longer seen as cogs in the wheel, but rather as partners who provide real value to the company. Once employees are allowed to do their best work, they are not replaceable parts and become valuable members of the team.
Are you dissatisfied with the amount of autonomy you have in your job? If so, it might be time to reconsider your position or seek training that will give you more control over your work. Because, after all, a job is something you do for 40 hours a week or more – it’s not life itself.
It seems that Aristotle was right when he wrote that we are social animals. We all crave relationships, but sometimes our desire for companionship overrides our ability to make sound decisions. This is especially true in the case of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where popularity can be more important than quality relationships.
What we surround ourselves with has a profound effect on our lives. Those who are similar to us tend to be more favorable towards us, while those who are different from us may challenge or even dislike us.
Do you have any close relationships in your life that challenge, encourage, and support you to be a better person? Or are your relationships causing massive physical or emotional pain?
To better understand where you can invest more of yourself in your relationships, take inventory of the people in your life. See where it may be time to say goodbye to some members because they are not fulfilling a role that is important to you.
It is important to have different levels of relationships in order to find the right one that nurtures your need for relationships. Being a mentor to someone, being friends with someone, and being the one mentored can all provide you with what you need.
Mentoring someone allows you to share your expertise and guide them through their career or personal goals. Being friends with someone allows you to have some fun playing basketball together on the weekends.
A lack of sleep can have a number of negative consequences beyond simply triggering basic feelings of fatigue, crankiness, hunger, and irritation. For example, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it has been proven that insufficient sleep can lead to increased stress levels and decreased productivity. Additionally, inadequate sleep is linked with a variety of health problems such as obesity and chronic conditions like heart disease. As you might imagine then, ensuring that you get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night is not only important for your own well-being but also for the welfare of our nation as a whole.
- Unethical behavior at work
- Fat gain
- Dangerous driving
- Low testosterone
4. Shift from life-changing to lifestyle
You may be ready to make a change in your life, but you need to approach it the right way. Emotional motivation is not typically enough to achieve lasting success, so you’ll need a more sustainable approach.
Instead of obsessing over the life-changing outcome, you should focus on the lifestyle behavior needed to achieve it.
Rather than obsessing over the life-changing event, take that enthusiasm and channel it into lifestyle behavior. Big dreams are good, but consistent daily habits are better.
5. Believe it is possible
The placebo effect is powerful. The expectancy theory holds that our brain learns to expect certain things, even if they do not occur. This can result in us receiving what we expect, or something similar.
You should expect to get your health back by replacing destructive expectations with positive ones. When you do, your brain will begin to believe that it is possible, and as a result, you will expect to achieve the outcome you desire.