When your life is working well it’s an opportune time to reflect on what you’ve been doing to make it that way. What have you pro-actively done? The same applies for when it spirals out of control – what have been the main contributing factors? Have you ignored the signs and kept going hoping the situation sorts itself out rather than pro-actively making changes?
The most important person in the whole wide world is you. Yet how much time, effort and money do you invest in you? How much time, effort and money do you invest in your health?
I’m asking you these questions because of an incident that affected me last week.
My husband is in the building industry and unfortunately he was involved in an industrial accident. He badly cut his right thigh muscles close to his bone on sheetmetal roofing that was sticking out on the site. He was rushed to hospital and was operated on that day, ending up with over 100 plus stitches to his leg.
When I was able to see him that night he looked unbelievably well. You would never have guessed the trauma he had been through a few hours earlier. He was hardly in any pain. He had been given medication but only low doses.
The next day he came home! His leg was heavily bandaged and he had a Velcro splint to keep it straight. He could even walk with the aid of crutches. The only tablets he took were the antibiotics to prevent infection, anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling and some Panadol.
On day four after the operation he discontinued all medication and has continued to take supplements suggested by our naturopath.
How could he have bounced back so quickly? It’s because he is proactive with his health. He eats healthily (most of the time), exercises regularly and sees our naturopath to ensure his body is functioning internally. In fact, I rang the naturopath to find out what Tama needed to take after his operation to boost his immune system and speed up the healing process.
He doesn’t make excuses about not having time to look after himself…and it’s times like this when he’s thankful he has made the effort. His body can withstand the trauma and has a strong base to restore him back to his normal healthy state.
It will be a few weeks before he is (hopefully) back to normal with full use of his leg. We’ll make sure he is fighting fit with ongoing physiotherapy and he’ll also have a modified fitness program to keep himself in good shape. In fact, I’m also planning to have him go to a health retreat so he can detoxify and remove as much chemical from his body caused from the anaesthetic and pills he was given. This will also help him lose any excess weight he’s likely to put on due to having limited mobility.
Before the accident and after the accident, time, money and effort has to be invested in his health otherwise he will suffer the consequences.
A few weeks ago one of my clients felt a tingling in his finger. Being a workaholic he didn’t have time to pay too much attention to it. After all he had meetings booked all day and they were more important than a tingle in his finger. He was about to leave home, then collapsed. Luckily for him, there was another family member in the house and they called the ambulance.
John had suffered a stroke. The warning signs were there all along. He smoked, was 15kg overweight, his diet was poor and exercise was spasmodic. He worked long hours and was under enormous pressure in his role. Much of the pressure was due to John’s organisational skills. He was a poor delegator and had difficulty saying ‘no’. Planning was something he did if he had the time (which meant he never did).
Up until the time of his stroke, John had been making progress through being coached, however he wasn’t making enough consistent effort, particularly around his health. He was a disaster waiting to happen and it did happen. John is 43.
Fortunately John has survived, but what a way to have a ‘wake up ‘ call. He’s definitely paying attention now and making himself the no. 1 priority in his life. He’s had four weeks off and is slowly easing himself back into work with reduced hours and a whole new outlook on the meaning of life. We’ve looked at the options open to him to ensure he stays well. This includes holistic medicine combined with diet, exercise and relaxation.
5 Ways to Get Organised and Stay Alive
Learn how to get yourself organised so you make time for you.
Find a holistic practitioner who offers a range of health tests and can provide proactive on-going treatment and advice. You will require supplements because hardly anyone eats a 100% organic, fully balanced diet and lives in a non-toxic and stress free environment.
If you don’t know where to go feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Avoid people and places that do not support what you are trying to achieve, ie. there’s a lady who attends my gym every day to stay in shape and keep her weight under control yet she works in a bakery!
Once you know what to do and how to do it, then do it.
Once you know what to do, how to do it, then do it and if it works…then keep doing it!
The Final Word
Being fit and healthy is not an option. Just because you are standing and breathing doesn’t mean you are well.
You can do our Work/Life Assessment to see what parts of your life are working and where you need to focus more attention. You’ll most likely discover the area of health will be an area where you definitely require a change.
Wellness is about being pro-active with your health and not waiting until you are sick or something happens to you. No matter how busy you are, you surely can’t be too busy to die?
Have a great week