In order to know what health is, we must also know what it isn’t.
Clarity brings understanding. Sabotage, as in self-sabotage, happens and prevents us from moving ahead towards progress and goals. There are roadblocks to abundant health that we basically can do something about. We’ll use “Roadblocks” as an acronym:
Reaction: Life holds stresses, surprises and challenges of all sorts. Reactions of anger, frustration, depression, rage, sarcasm, and all things negative impact the immune system in a negative way. Conversely, calmness, satisfaction, kindness, and all positive reactions impact the immune system favorably.
Overwhelmed: Frequently, too much stress, work, information overload and the like causes overwhelm. When that happens, many pull back and decide to do nothing. “It’s too daunting a task.” Instead, breathe deep, take a walk in nature, chill, and return to the task later when you are refreshed with a better perspective.
Afraid: One thing about fear is important to recognize. It can paralyze us, keeping us stuck in a situaton or cause us to act hastily with regrets later on. Facing fears armed with accurate knowledge and preparedness is key.
Denial: Folks often try to convince themselves and others that there is no problem when a problem exists. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but when you fool yourself, you pay the piper. An honest recognition and acceptance of what needs to be addressed is the first step toward moving ahead.
Beliefs: It’s no revelation that some things we’ve come to believe are not always true. These beliefs become “limiting.” Accurate knowledge empowers us to change.
Lack of Knowledge: There’s no shame in that. None of us knows everything there is to know. However, we can search for accurate knowledge when it comes to health and begin to apply it in everyday living. Education is the key. Einstein was recognized as having one of the greatest minds and thinking ability. His advice is worth heeding:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Opposition: This can come from within, being opposed to change. Opposition can also come from those around us when we decide to improve ourselves. Either way, we cannot achieve anything worth doing or having if we do it half-heartedly.
Counter Conditioning: Our mindset may be fixed due to schooling or working in a certain field. Many times we develop a prejudice or ready rejection of anything which is not in that sphere of acceptance. Neither growth nor health are stagnant processes.
Keep Putting It Off: We know this one as procrastination. Excuses, though creative as they may be, impede us from moving forward and realizing our potential in many areas.
Story: Our story is told so often, we hang on to it. For example, a label of illness may become your story. “I have arthritis.” “I’m a diabetic.” “I have MS.” I own it , and therefore I will keep it. Know that we write our health story each and every day by how we live. Rewrite your story.