Renewal

“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”  Attributed to Augusten Burroughs

On my hike this weekend in Staunton State Park I saw my first dandelion of the season. Signs of spring were everywhere: buds on trees, bright green blades of grass springing up among the brown, and birds chirping madly to each other. I got to thinking about how it is a season of renewal and a good time to slow down a bit, and reflect on where you are in your life. How is your health? How are you treating your body and mind? Are you eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising appropriately? Are you taking time to slow down, rest and enjoy your life and the people around you

Very often, I see people walking around with their shoulders up around their ears due to stress. Life these days is fast paced and filled with many pressures and responsibilities. Now, today, as you are reading this: stop and breathe. Relax for a few minutes and let your “to do” list go. Bring those shoulders down. Ponder how you are living your life for a few minutes. It’s a good time to re-adjust if your health has been a low priority lately. Think about how you can take small steps to improve your eating, physical activity and overall well-being. What do you need more of? What do you need less of? Take an inventory:

  • Are you eating in a healthy and balanced way?
  • Do you get enough servings of fruits and vegetables each day?
  • Do you need to lose weight and if so, what is holding you back?
  • Are you physically active several times per week?
  • What is your stress level like? Are you taking active steps to control it?
  • Are you getting enough sleep? If not, what can you do that change that?
  • Do you limit alcohol and drink plenty of water?
  • Are you up to date on all doctor/dentist visits and testing (mammogram, colonoscopy, cholesterol, etc)?
  • Your health is of paramount importance. Don’t ignore it and take it for granted. Now is a great time to take stock, figure how you need to re-adjust and do just that. Take action – even one small step towards being healthier, will give you energy to continue to improve. Summer won’t be log off and you will be better able to enjoy it when you are at your healthiest and feeling your best!

Your health is of paramount importance. Don’t ignore it and take it for granted. Now is a great time to take stock, figure how you need to re-adjust and do just that. Take action – even one small step towards being healthier, will give you energy to continue to improve. Summer won’t be log off and you will be better able to enjoy it when you are at your healthiest and feeling your best!

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