Is Health a De-Valued Commodity?

I ask you this because I have truly been taking stock of things in my life and the way I manage myself and my health. Upon further consideration, I began to realize that I am not alone in slighting my own needs, and that most Americans value their health by one simple litmus strip; OUR ABILITY TO GO TO WORK.

Many Americans are of the ingrained belief that if they can go to WORK and function in any way possible, they MUST, even if they feel like crud and are potentially contagious to others. It is called “The Don’t Call In, CRAWL In” syndrome. Our work ethics as a society truly seems to dictate whether or not we allow ourselves time to rebuild our health when viruses or colds attack.

Consider this; how many times in college or even in your older adult years have we partied a little too hard at night and then managed somehow to pour ourselves into a job the next day? And we are proud of this saying, “I can handle it, no worries! After all, I didn’t call in sick!” We KNOWINGLY push our own boundaries past the point of making sense really, especially when it comes to our health.

Another scenario; perhaps you have a chronic pain in your shoulder or hip, and you know full well you should see someone to learn what is wrong and plot a course of action, but you simply put it off while continuing to be in pain because you do not want to miss work.

Are you seeing the pattern here?

I realize we are in a recession, and I know many are concerned about losing their job. I am not advocating a mass walkout because you have stubbed your toe… What I am saying is that until we take our own health a bit more seriously and care for SELF and the needs of SELF when your health and well being are compromised, we cannot truly serve our own clients and be true to what we stand for.

I know from whence I speak on this subject.

I had a bit of a wakeup call myself as of late, and I have made a commitment to make profound changes in the way I manage myself and my health. I have lost over 50 pounds now, I am eating a balanced and sensible diet, I am moving more now than ever before, and I am slowing down when my body sends me signs I am tiring. Moreover, I am RESPECTING what signs I receive from my body, and I am working to learn more about how this machine works and what I can do to help keep it running properly.

I want to say to you it is OK to take a sick day. It is OK to stay home. YOUR HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU OWN! If your car is broken, you take a day and take it to the garage. If your plumbing goes out, you sit at home and wait for a plumber. Here is the kicker…. Let your cable or DSL go on the blink and it is a major crisis! In all honesty, none of these this means ANYTHING if you are not caring for yourself, first and foremost.

It is cold and flu season. Do your co workers and clients a HUGE favor and STAY HOME if you are ill! Not only are you spreading your illness to anyone around you, but it only makes you weaker to push yourself to the limit.

Allow yourself the time YOU DESERVE to care for yourself and your health. When you do this, and your clients see you take this stance, perhaps they too will feel empowered to take their own health a bit more seriously. After all, is that not what we want them to do?

As for me, I have a new attitude, a new physique, a new commitment to being healthy and preserving my health as long as possible. Won’t you join me?


4 comments for “Is Health a De-Valued Commodity?

  1. November 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    What a great article….Thank you for the reminder that we are worth it and that our own health is important to the success of the other things we try to accomplish – work, family, life! It is unfortunately that for those of us in the field of helping others it can be difficult to make the time for ourselves. I totally agree with you that it is important for our clients to see us making this time for ourselves…we can’t request that they do something that we can’t do for ourselves! We DO deserve it and we are worth it! Thanks again!

  2. November 11, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Congrats Angie! I too have dedicated my life back to me. I have been on good regimen for many years in terms of eating whole, organic foods and taking supplements, etc., but have upped the ante. I have drastically reduced my carb intake, I work out with a personal trainer 3 times a week (in addition to exercising on my own 3 times a week), get acupuncture weekly (used to be every 3 weeks) and of course get my weekly massages! Between all this and chopping off 12 inches of my hair to donate to Locks of Love, I am looking different….

  3. Nancy
    November 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Hi Angie,                  this is Nancy from FMT. Guess who is taking a sick day today and feeling totally guilty over it? ME! I think I have a slight bug and instead of going to work I am resting. I hate the fact I feel guilty but I don’t want to infect anyone. It is not surprising after 2 weeks of non stop between work, the conference and training that I am now sick.  I think since we take care of everyone else we are terrible at taking our own advice. I am good at looking after myself with diet and exercise but when it comes to getting sick I beat myself up. How do I get past this or does this come with being self employed?  I am going to join your revolution of self care and you keep up the hard work I hope to see less of you in San Diego!

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