Teresa sat down with her health coach and said, “I haven’t been feeling good lately. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t have any health issues that I’m aware of, other than being a little over weight. Though lately I have been smoking a little more than usual and drinking at least three cokes a day. But, I can think of worse things I could be doing. Overall, I have people around me most of the time, so I guess I have a pretty good support system. I just wish I knew why I’m not feeling good.”
Teresa has a few things going on. She mentioned some of them, but in order to really evaluate Teresa’s ill feeling a thorough assessment must be done. It’s a good idea to evaluate your health from time to time, even when you may feel things are pretty good. Evaluating your health helps you get a clear view of inconsistencies and whether the current situation is benefiting you positively. When evaluating your health, it is wise to include any and everything that has the potential to affect your health. This includes people around you, family, friends and co-workers. Social support is a key prescription for any additional health intervention. Social support keeps you ready to combat any negative health issues.
Missing the Obvious
Not taking the opportunity to evaluate your health means you will be less likely to take something seriously. You may even brush warning signs aside. Your health is important and requires inspection to keep you functioning at your best.
“We all have to die from something.” How many times have you heard this? This is true, but you do have an opportunity to influence your health by being in control of your actions. Illness prevention is key.
The important question lies in how you want to spend your available time on earth. Healthy or not? Evaluating your health allows you to examine and confront issues that may potentially put your health at risk. Take full advantage of this opportunity. Here are some steps to assist you in your evaluation:
- Discover the Origins. Teresa admitted that she had been smoking a little more than usual and drinking more sodas. Her next statement brushed it off declaring she could think of worst things to do. Let’s take a closer look at what causes Teresa to smoke more and drinking more sodas. Clearly, these are not the best habits to engage in, but with some investigating Teresa can discover why she even entertains them at all. Pay attention to signs that something feels different or wrong.
- Identify the Behaviors (and Habits). In life sometimes you take on health behaviors that may not be the best for us because the behavior helps us feel better momentarily. These sometimes become habits that impact your health today, next week, or even further down the road. Make a list and sort out what to keep and what to throw out.
- Stay Vigilant. Evaluating every aspect of your health behavior can be a huge endeavor to take on. Trying to decide whether something is good or bad for you can be somewhat stressful at first. Instead of good and bad, think short-term and long-term. Think sustainable and unsustainable. As you make it a practice in your lifestyle, I assure the process will be easier. If your goal is a healthier life, the decisions to arrest behaviors before they become habits is the vigilance you need. Consider it all, nutrition, changes in routine, people that are around you etc
- Start Now. During the process of relearning pay attention to the warning signs your body may be giving you. Take them as the opportunity take a closer look at the situation. Evaluate fully. Understanding that in order to operate at your best, you must be in the best condition. Don’t take for granted that you have time or things can be put off that are not severe enough at the moment. Think about the benefits you receive from all that you do to be healthy and those you surround yourself with.
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a two year homeschool veteran. She is currently working on two books, the 3rd in the Brady Boe series, and a writing challenge novel entitled, Take Me Off the List. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]