It is my belief that it is time to begin your own health revolution and here’s why. I made the decision that my health is a top priority for me on a daily basis. There are many reasons for this, however, the biggest reason I feel my health warrants the idea of a health revolution is the old saying “health is wealth”. Do you believe that saying is true? Well here’s the thing, this morning I ran into a childhood friend who I haven’t seen in a while. She was stressed out. Her mom had a stroke a while back and she has now become the primary caregiver. We chatted for a while and I shared with her some of the programs that are available in our community to help her out.
She is in a difficult spot because she has lots of other family members that have opinions on what and how things will be done. It made me sad for her because she doesn’t realize the position she is in and it is a stressful one. How do I know?
My Own Health Revolution
I have been caring for a sick, elderly parent full time for 5 years now. Living with my mom and the immense challenges that come with caring for an ailing parent can be and is overwhelming. I know the stress it can cause. I know the heartache it can cause. You see when I first moved in to care for my mother I didn’t even know that I was considered a caregiver? Caring for our parents ages us. It exhausts us in places we didn’t even know we could be exhausted in. But there is the help you might require, and truly this is one place where if you ask you can get help.
When I look at my mom there are many life lessons for me to learn. Not sure but I certainly am learning about myself, who I have been and the challenges for change. But it also teaches me about why it is so important for us as individuals to take care of our own health. You see, as young people, we don’t seem to be getting this lesson. Almost 13 years ago I watch my mom break a hip and take months to recover. It was then and there that I decided to change my journey when it came to own health. This was the deciding moment in my own health revolution. I was determined to change how I felt, looked and thought. I actually realized that this was my only choice if I wanted a GREAT future.
What Has The Health Revolution Looked Liked?
It has been a long messy journey and I believe it is a life long journey to take care of one’s health. To me, it is a journey that is well worth the effort. I see the alternative each and every day and it is no picnic. In my eyes living an unhealthy life as a young person or an old person is devastating to that human being and all those around them. And there is another way!
As individuals we must begin to see that living with no energy, being overweight, not eating good quality organic food, not drinking water, no exercise are just no acceptable in our life. As individuals, we must begin to think about what we want when it comes to our own health and that of our children. We must begin to learn about how to live a healthy life ourselves and then teach our children to make different choices each day when it comes to our health. And for kids, they learn by example. They do what you do. If you eat crap, so do the kids. If you decide that exercise will not be a part of your life, so do your kids. Start making better choices now for a better quality life today and for the long term. This is what I mean by a health revolution.
Make It A Self Health Revolution – Look Back To Look Forward
Look to your parents. How is their health today? Are they living into their late ’70 and ’80 and beyond with vibrant good health? I know mine are not and it is my goal to take a different path for me. What about you? Are you ready to go down a different path today than you were yesterday? Are you willing to create your own health revolution? Begin with small changes, drink some water today, maybe have 1 less soda pop, how about not eating fast food today for dinner? Make a fresh home prepared meal today?
For us and for the generations that are following us let’s start a health revolution now and begin to live longer and feel better for our lifetime.