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What You Need to Know About Health and Wellness

By Dr. Molly Casey

Health and Wellness Journey

Health and wellness is a journey, not a destination. There are a lot of twists and turns. It can be horrifically challenging at times and can feel fun and joyful other times. You are either growing in health or sickness: that is it. You can’t be both. One of the main components that can sometimes be the most challenging to embrace is the change in mindset. How you perceive and view things that come into contact on your health and wellness path will largely dictate the experience you have. So openly challenge your views and grow.

What Are You Paying For?

One of the most common objections to living a healthier life is that it is expensive or costs too much money. In every choice you make about the food you may or may not eat, the products you may or may not put on your skin, the alcohol you may or may not consume, the supplements and medication you may or may not take ... each of these decisions has an effect on your health. Ultimately, with every cent you spend you are paying for sickness or health.

I hear people say that because their health insurance doesn’t cover this or that, they won’t participate. I challenge you to see it as sickness insurance, not health insurance. It is to cover you when you get sick, not to cover you and assist you in the daily choices that promote your health. In essence, you will either pay daily for your health at your grocery store, at your chiropractor’s office, at your gym, at your acupuncturist’s office, or in the long run you will pay for the sickness at the pharmacy, for the surgeries, for the chemotherapy, and so on. It is your choice -- when, where, and how much will you spend for your health?

Time and Energy

The other big complaint I hear about truly engaging on the journey of health and wellness is the issue of time and energy: “It takes too much time and so much energy.” If you don’t make time for your health now -- cooking well, eating healthy, caring for your soul and mind as well as your body, exercising -- you will spend downtime doing nothing to deal with the sickness that’s likely to ensue. If you’re not doing nothing, you’ll be minimally restricted in your ability to do all that you want in the manner you want. The body is limited and without proper nourishment, hydration, nervous system communication, movement, and support along the way, it will be limited quicker and in bigger ways. The bottom line is it takes time and energy. You can enjoy health and vibrancy and less restriction longer if you put the time and energy in up front. It’s your choice.

Lifestyle

Make health and wellness a lifestyle. Stop trying to simply create and adhere to a routine of things you think you should be doing. Try to find things that you do love and integrate them into your daily life. And also embrace and integrate the things you may not like. Don’t kid yourself, you won’t love every workout, and you won’t enjoy every piece of healthy action ever required. That is OK because it’s OK and healthy to be uncomfortable in the process. The more you become OK with being uncomfortable knowing you’re gaining benefits, the better off you and your health journey will be. The point is to make health and wellness a lifestyle, not a chore. Find cool, like-minded people who strive for health and living their best life. Let them challenge you while you challenge them. Be alive and bring this into all areas of your life.

Health and wellness is a journey and a choice you get to make every day. It can be challenging. Chiropractic embraces the health and wellness journey and facilitates it in every way. If you are ready to embark on 2021 in a healthy new way, visit The Joint Chiropractic and let their chiropractors help you help yourself and choose the healthiest year yet.

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