It’s easy to take your health and well-being for granted.
I know because I experience this when something happens that takes me away from being 100% healthy, and able bodied.
It got me to thinking how my life would change so much if I wasn’t able to continue to do the things that just come naturally or are second nature.
I put out my lower back and luckily was able to see a physiotherapist the following day, but the me before 2018, wouldn’t have known to take that immediate kind of action to resolve the pain.
Imagine not being able to do the things that just come naturally or second nature? How will your life adjust around you or will you be the one adjusting? I propose it’s the latter and even as a society inclusivity is still a concept being grappled with so we are definitely a long way from life adjusting around the individual.
The next level of my thinking was for those individuals who were either born with an impairment or acquired an impairment later on in life how difficult or easy was it for them to learn to adjust?
Basically my suffering lasted a few days and I was debilitated for only a fraction of time but it did stop me from doing just everyday normal things like being able to sit comfortably.
But it gave me perspective.
It gave me the ability to see things from the perspective of really any individual who is experiencing chronic pain, any kind of mobility impairment, pain in general.
Physical pain can be full stop debilitating.
I couldn’t sleep.
Sleep or lack of sleep further impacts your wellbeing.
Once I got the help I needed from a professional I was able to get better.
But my attitude before 2018, would have just been to suffer, endure the pain until it got better on its own? I didn’t realise the skill of a physiotherapist until I went through my own medical emergency and seeking their assistance at the time.
For me now, it’s a matter of taking care of myself. I’m 40 now and I have to remember how important my health and wellbeing is. My Aunty always said health and wellbeing is your wealth.
So now that I prioritise my health and wellbeing I do all that I can to place a focus there with my body and my fitness.
What will it take you to put yourself first for once? To look after and take care of yourself? Would you need to wait for a crisis or medical emergency before you prioritise your health and wellbeing?
What steps are you taking? Or what are you avoiding? Is a lack of time the issue or is money the issue?
If I told you that one day something will happen to you and it will come out of the blue and your life as you know it will just stop and things will change? How does that make you feel? It will change because it has to. It will change because you will begin to prioritise you before anything else. It will be a welcome change.
Don’t wait til the one day maybe to happen. You have only right now and this present moment you are living but you could protect the precious moments in to the future by looking after yourself today.
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Hi my name is Angela. I have loved writing since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. I soon learnt I had a gift of connecting with my ancestors through writing before my 30th birthday.