I Choose Health

My health is important. I choose to prioritize my health to ensure I have the strength and energy to do the rest.

Your health is important. It affects your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also influences your ability to do the things you love, such as spending time with your family and friends, pursuing your hobbies, and exploring new experiences. However, in today’s busy and fast paced world, it can be challenging to prioritize and maintain your health. You may face obstacles such as lack of time, motivation, or resources. You may also have habits that are detrimental to your health, such as eating poorly, being sedentary, or neglecting your sleep and rest.

Fortunately, you can overcome these challenges and improve your health by making some simple and realistic changes in your lifestyle. You do not need to follow a strict diet, exercise regime, or schedule. You just need to be mindful of your choices and actions, and find what works best for you.

Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle brings numerous benefits that positively impact our overall well-being. Here are a few:

  1. Improved Physical Health: Engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep contribute to improved physical health. It can help prevent chronic diseases, boost cardiovascular health, strengthen the immune system, and increase energy levels.
  2. Enhanced Mental Well-being: A healthy lifestyle promotes mental well-being by reducing stress levels, improving mood, and increasing resilience. Regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Eating nutritious foods and getting enough sleep also support optimal brain function and emotional balance.
  3. Increased Energy and Productivity: When we prioritize a healthy lifestyle, we experience increased energy levels and improved productivity. Regular exercise and a balanced diet provide the necessary fuel for our bodies, leading to enhanced focus, concentration, and overall performance in daily activities.
  4. Weight Management: A healthy lifestyle helps maintain a healthy weight, which is crucial for overall health. Regular physical activity and a balanced diet contribute to weight management, reducing the risk of obesity and related health conditions.
  5. Stronger Immune System: A healthy lifestyle supports a strong immune system, making us more resilient to illnesses and infections. Proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management all play a role in boosting immune function.
  6. Longevity and Quality of Life: By adopting a healthy lifestyle, we increase our chances of living a longer and more fulfilling life. Healthy habits contribute to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, improved overall health, and a higher quality of life as we age.
  7. Improved Self-esteem and Body Image: Taking care of our physical and mental health through a healthy lifestyle can enhance self-esteem and body image. Feeling good about ourselves physically and mentally positively impacts our self-confidence and overall well-being.
  8. Positive Social Connections: A healthy lifestyle often involves engaging in social activities, such as group exercise classes or team sports. These activities provide opportunities for social connections, fostering a sense of belonging and support.

Remember, a healthy lifestyle is a holistic approach that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By prioritizing healthy habits, we can experience these benefits and enjoy a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

Acts to Prioritize Your Health

I find prioritizing my health is a wise decision.  I want to remain active (with my family and friends).  I want to be able to try new things and not worry if I am physically able. Here are four things I do to prioritize and maintain my health:

  1. Establish a balanced and nutritious diet: I focus on consuming a variety of whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. I limit processed foods and sugar.
  2. Engage in regular physical activity: I incorporate exercise into my routine every day (first thing in the morning). I also add extra activities that I enjoy including walking, hiking, and dancing.
  3. Prioritize sleep and rest: I strive to get enough quality sleep each night.  I found adding an eye mask helps me get uninterrupted sleep to allow my body to rest and rejuvenate. I stopped looking at my phone right before bed and instead close my eyes and do a meditation.
  4. Manage stress effectively: I have found healthy ways to manage and reduce stress.  My practice of choice journaling and living my compass keep me grounded.  I enjoy spending time in nature which bring me joy and peace.

Remember, small, consistent steps towards prioritizing your health can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. Listen to your body, be kind to yourself, and make choices that support your physical and mental health. Your health is a valuable asset that enables you to live a fulfilling and vibrant life.

This Blog is part of our Choose For Yourself –  21-Day Challenge. Chick HERE to learn more.

 

Your Turn:  Health

Choose health as the foundation of your life, for it is the cornerstone that supports your dreams, ambitions, and overall well-being.

Become Aware

  • What does prioritizing your health mean to you?
  • What areas of your life does, or could it impact?
  • Do you feel you are doing everything you need to do to prioritize your health?
  • Notice any observations (gaps, triggers, patterns, and situations) that interrupt your ability to be healthy.
  • Acknowledge your (observation) and its (insert impact)

I am aware ______________________ and it’s _________________________.

Be Grateful

  • Identify one observation you want to become aware of and use as a reminder.
  • What is the mindset you want to have once you become aware.
  • Change your perspective, be grateful for (insert observation), because it reminds you to (insert mindset).

I am grateful ________________________ and because I can __________________________.

Take Action

  • Name an action you will take next time you become aware.

Next time I become aware I will _______________________________________________.

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.