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3 Times You Should Definitely Put Your Health First

By Genevieve Cunningham

If we're all being honest, we know that our health is supposed to be first all the time. If we can't take care of ourselves, we can't take care of others, right? But if we continue the honesty theme, we also know that putting ourselves first all the time just isn't possible. We have to learn to balance our own needs with the needs of others. Most of the time, we do a decent job of this delicate balancing act. But as much as we hate to admit it, there are times when we absolutely have to put our health first, no matter what's going on around us. If you struggle with finding the line, take a look at these three times when your health should come first no matter what. 

You're Suffering an Illness

If you're sick, you have to stop and take care of yourself. It's the only way you'll heal, and ignoring your need for care will only make the sickness worse. If you need the care of a doctor, head over to the office and then follow their advice -- whether that's medication, rest, or a combination of treatments. If you're down with a virus or allergies, go home and give yourself some time to heal. Fluids, sleep, and soothing food will help you heal faster. Don't waste time pushing through an illness. The faster you take action, the faster you'll feel like yourself again.

You're Mentally Unwell

Physical health isn't the only thing that deserves attention. If you're feeling mentally unwell, it's imperative that you take some time to rest and recuperate. Mental unrest can cause a serious decline in overall wellness and in your quality of life. Protect yourself by focusing on self-care at the first sign of trouble. Rest, get professional help, take a little personal time. Do what it takes to get your mental health back on track so that you can feel your best and be productive in your normal daily life. 

You're Stressed and Fatigued

You don't have to be full-on sick for self-care to be important. If you're starting to get overly fatigued or stressed, take a timeout. When the stress or fatigue gets too much, it starts to cause damage to your physical and mental well-being. Don't wait for that to happen. Make a plan for more rest, more time off from work, more alone time. Give yourself a break so that your body and mind can heal. Taking this proactive approach may allow you to avoid harm to your health in the long run.

We all have to sacrifice at times to take care of others. Sometimes we have to go to work with a mild cold or keep working out when we're sore and tired. But there are times when we really need to stop and care for ourselves. Use these three examples as a guide, and you'll be on your way to better self-care and better health in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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