How You Should Make Your Health A Priority

Do you feel guilty about not prioritizing your health? Do you want to make it a priority? Most people will answer both questions in ‘yes’. Between family, work, kids, household chores, friends and the list goes on forever, your health becomes less important for you knowingly or unknowingly. You all know what to do for a healthy life but either you don’t do it or do not maintain consistency. However, is it really possible to prioritize your health in spite of the busy work schedules, family and an endless to-do list? The answer is “Yes”!

Ways to Make Your Health A Priority

 Why don’t you take care of your health? Because I’m busy! That’s the standard answer. This is not the truth. The truth is you haven’t set your priorities right. It’s time you understand how important your health is for you. Practice the below given suggestions for a healthier and happier you.

1. Focus on yourself

Not taking care of you has become normal for women. It’s not that they don’t think about it, or they don’t want to do it but actually doing it is altogether a different story. Doing everything mentioned in your to-do list is a waste if you are depressed, exhausted or sick. For a healthy you, you have to make yourself a priority over others and for doing this you never ever have to feel guilty. It simply means you made self-care a part of your life. It will benefit you in the long run in more ways than you can imagine. As a result, you’ll be able to do your other tasks more efficiently.

2. Make a daily routine

 Nothing happens without effort. You have to make an effort to take out time to exercise, sleep properly and eat healthy. When you take out time for all these, they’ll become part of your daily routine. Organize your routine to include all these. A little organization makes sure you’re getting time for everything including your healthy habits and other commitments. 

3. Create habits

Changes are easy but converting these changes into habits is a challenge. You can start exercise; control your cravings, or use stairs rather than a lift for a day or so. You have to find things you love and do these things again and again. Do you enjoy dancing? Try Zumba. Do you like to walk your pet? Take it for a long walk. Choose healthy food you like. Do these things regularly to create long term habits.

4. Change your surroundings

You are the result of your surroundings. The food, people, peace or chaos around you. The more unhealthy food you have in your kitchen or fridge, the probability of you eating healthy food decreases. Don’t forget, whatever you buy at a grocery store is an investment in your health. Similarly, your workout sessions are an investment in your fitness. If your surroundings aren’t helping you in making wise investment choices, change it.

5. Small changes

Slow and steady wins the race. You have to go slow and in a step by step manner to achieve your goals. Start with a 10 minutes workout session and gradually increase the time. You need to understand that even small changes can lead to big results. Make changes that you can maintain in the long run.           

6. You have one body only

Who else will take care of your body if you don’t? You all know nobody will take care of yourself if you don’t do it yourself. You can make so many excuses but at the end of the day you’re the sole owner of your life. Be patient and kind to yourself. Start from wherever you are and whatever you want to reach where you want to.

7. Read food labels

Check labels of all the foods you purchase. Thoroughly read all the preservatives, MSG, artificial flavoring/coloring, cholesterol, fat etc they contain. This will make sure you only eat the required amount of nutrients.

8. Eat healthy

Maintain a weekly healthy menu. Take away empty calories, sugars, starches, saturated fat, unnecessary carbohydrates and include whole grains, nuts, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables. You’ll yourself realize how small adjustments can make a big difference in your health.  

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