Ignoring your physical state will erode your confidence just as quickly as someone telling you they think you are an idiot. When was the last time you thought you did your best work when you were sick? Probably never.
Obviously you will get sick from time to time; there is not any way to avoid it. What are you doing to minimize the chances of that happening or lessening the severity when it does? Are you exercising regularly? Are you eating well? Are you washing your hands frequently? The steps to staying healthy are fairly simple, yet somehow they are nearly impossible for many to adapt.
Stop polluting your body. This could mean quitting smoking, drinking less wine or eliminating processed foods. For me it is Diet Coke. I have been drinking it since I was a kid in the 80s when the advertisements were all about drinking it “Just for the taste of it.” I love Diet Coke and I do drink it because I like the taste more than other sodas; however research is now showing it messes with your blood sugar. So three years ago I cut back to one 12-ounce can per day and two years ago I gave up Diet Coke.
Walk more. I was raised in a small town in Nebraska. When I was a junior my family moved to a new town and our house was 2½ miles outside of town. On nice days it was not unusual for me to skip the bus ride home to enjoy a walk. Let us skip forward several years to when I lived in a mobile home park. We had a central post box area for mail delivery and no one in the park lived more than five blocks from it. I knew many neighbors that drove to get the mail and then right back home because they thought walking six blocks total was too far. If your trip is less than a mile, the weather is cooperating and you are able… leave the car at home and enjoy a walk.
Read food labels. Many years ago I compared a margarine label to a butter label. I never bought margarine again. I am not a purist; I have never read the label on Cheetos because I am sure I would never eat them again and they are yummy (once in a great while). Take a trip through your cabinets and read your food labels. If you can not pronounce most of the ingredients, look for better options the next time you are at the store and start replacing the fake food.
Be proactive. Why do you brush your teeth at least twice a day? To prevent cavities. There are many other ways to be proactive with your health. Wash your hands often. Take vitamins. Manage your weight. Everyone comes in many shapes and sizes. My family is naturally tall and thin. Other people are naturally short and stocky. Nobody has fat rolls “naturally” (except maybe a baby). Being overweight leads to many health problems. I have a friend that is overweight. She always referred to it as being “big boned”. There are not any bones in your 40-something waistline. My friend eats high-calorie junk food and drinks Mountain Dew like there is no tomorrow. That is why she is 50 pounds overweight. Take an honest look at your life style to see where you can adjust for better health.
Stop stressing. Stress may be the biggest, most preventable, health issue we face. I consider myself to be a worrier. If my child is 20 minutes late getting home I am convinced they are dead in a ditch somewhere. My “worries” begin and end with my children’s safety. So I “stress out” maybe a sum total of 20 hours per year. My “other half” seems to worry about everything else. I am pretty sure he is not stressed out only when he is sleeping. “I am late! My world is going to fall apart.” “Why will my five year old not stop asking why over and over?” “That mole I just noticed is definitely cancer.” “My boss does not appreciate me.” Sound familiar? If you find yourself stressing and obsessing over tiny issues it is time to learn some stress-relieving techniques. There are many techniques to choose from so experiment until you find what works for you.
Taking the time to optimize your health as much as you can will have a dramatic impact on your confidence level.
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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