What are you waiting for? Why isn’t your health a priority? Read about scheduling health priorities here.
I read an interesting blog post, “But When” The Moment that Changes Everything at SheReads.org. If you haven’t been around long, you may not know that I love to read. I follow several Book Bloggers. The post is about how things change for a character in a book when the author gives them a “But When”. If you love to read you might find the blog post quite interesting.
When I saw the words “But When”, I didn’t think of a book, but about health. Many of us are waiting for the “But When” to change our habits around health.
Waiting for But When
But when she was diagnosed with diabetes, she realized she had to change her eating and watch her sugar intake.
But when she was told she had high blood pressure, she decided she needed to make movement and exercise a priority.
But when she was told she had chronic fatigue syndrome, she knew sleep needed to be a priority in order to function, work, and be able to be a good wife and mother.
But when she was finally diagnosed with GERD, she realized that she should have known what she was eating was making her stomach hurt and something feel like it was stuck in her throat. She wondered why she didn’t try to make changes to what she ate a lot sooner. Why did she wait for a diagnosis or for a white coat to tell her she would be on medication for the rest of her life? Why wait? (That was me.)
The fear and confusion that comes with not feeling well can be paralyzing. The fear that we have to change something. The confusion of where do we start. Both keep us doing what we have always been doing when it comes to what we eat, how much we move, how we handle stress and how much of a priority we put on sleep. I remember how I felt. It seemed easier to keep doing what I was doing and wait to be told what to do.
The interesting thing for me was that I was waiting for a diagnosis to change my life, but the only thing I was told to do after my GERD/Barrett’s Esophagus was to go on pills. (PPIs) To medicate to suppress the symptoms. There was no advice on how to change my health, just to manage it. It took research and having many trials and errors to figure out how to change my health and feel better. It took frustration and determination. I felt alone. It seemed like no one else was dealing with what I was dealing with. But I was wrong.
As I spoke out about my health and went back to school to learn to help others, (so they wouldn’t feel alone) I kept finding people being silent about their illness, their fatigue, their stomach aches, or a host of other health problems. Most of us have something that is causing us to live less than an optimally healthy life or to age quickly. Why? Why are we waiting for a diagnosis to make the changes we should make.
What Are You Waiting For?
What is your “But when”? What are you waiting for in order to take control of your health? What “But When” will have to happen to make you realize that you are the only one that can change your health and your life. Yes, you need a team to help you, but you have to do the work. If you don’t, the “But When” will come, and then you will be forced to make changes or go on medication for the rest of your life.
Don’t wait for that “But When”, create your own. Don’t wait for the doctor to diagnose a condition like an author creates a “But When”.
Get ahead of your “But When” or make reading this blog post your “But When”.
“But when I read this blog post, I decided today was the day. I am not waiting. I am going to confront the fear and the confusion head on and do something.”
Comment below on what is it that you are going to do.
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