My health hasn’t always been a priority. I spent many years putting other things first. I didn’t intentionally sabotage my health and wellbeing, but that’s exactly what happened.
Instead of putting my health first, I put …
- work first
- friends first
- family first
- drama first
- stress first
We’ve probably all done that at one time or another, and I still do occasionally, but it’s the exception, not the rule.
I had little wake up calls along the way reminding me that I should take better care of myself, but I was too busy to really pay attention. I finally started to listen when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. When it became very obvious that I had to choose between a healthy lifestyle and declining health from a chronic, degenerative disease, my health became the priority.
Making my health the priority meant stepping back, getting honest about my daily behaviors, and changing everything … one thing at a time.
If you look around at your family, friends, and co-workers, you’ll see that many people have an excuse to treat themselves poorly. Their child is sick, or they are on an impossible deadline, or they just got dumped, or they are depressed, anxious, bored, cold, hot, mad or in the middle of another emotionally charged crisis. There is always an excuse, always a reason they don’t come first. Maybe you recognize yourself in this group too. I know I’ve been there.
The best part about giving yourself permission to finally put yourself first is that when you feel great, you can take better care of a sick child, work towards a deadline with more clarity, handle adversity with more grace, and feel more optimistic about life.