‘Health is the Ultimate Wealth!’
It costs the NHS more than £11 billion a year to treat the diseases that are related to poor lifestyle choices! (Public Health England)
When we are thriving to build wealth, it is easy to forget that ‘Health is the Ultimate Wealth!’
However, the good news is, most of the chronic diseases can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. When you are healthier, as a medical professional, you are more productive at work, have more positive energy that can impact other people’s lives, and help more people be healthier and happier.
You are good enough to look after your health no matter what profession you are in as long as you prioritise it.
Tips to Prioritise Your Health and Plan Effectively
- Prepare Your Meals in Advance – Instead of cooking every day you could try to cook your food in bulk. This can be handy if you are a busy professional. It will enable you to fit in a quick and easy meal within your busy lifestyle and save you money. You will also be able to control what is going into that meal. There are a lot of healthy alternative food options out there that you can use to help.
- Scheduling and Planning – You can try to do something health-related as soon as you get out of bed. This will allow you to create a morning routine that you will eventually get used to and once you are, it will become a part of your lifestyle naturally.
- Preparing for Your Morning Routine – The first thing that you need to take into account is that your health starts with your mind. If your mind is not in a healthy place in the morning then it is really difficult to pick that up later on in the day. For example, if the first thing you do when you wake up is go through social media, whatever you may see whether it be positive or negative, it will stay in your mind the whole day.
Having a routine that takes you away from that is very important. Once your alarm goes off in the morning you could try to not check your notifications but instead, take some time to yourself. You could spend some time writing down things that you are really grateful for. This will instantly put you in a positive frame of mind as soon as you wake up because it is making you think about things that are making you happy.
You can then write down some things about affirmations. Affirmations are statements that you say to yourself that help you believe them. For example, if you are working towards your weight goal and you want to be healthier, you will write down, ‘I’m so grateful and happy that I can now fit into that dress.’
Lastly, you can then write down your intentions for the day. It is better to keep them basic so that you do not disappoint yourself. It could be anything small such as calling a family member on the day or messaging a friend. Fitting in a workout or exercise routine within this will also help. It is important to remember to always reward yourself consistently.
Creating a Lasting Habit and Sticking to It
This is something that a lot of people struggle with. It will always feel really unnatural when you first start off because it is not a habit just yet as you are not used to doing it. However, if you keep pushing yourself then you will overcome the hardest bit and afterwards everything will start to become more natural for you.
Once you have an everyday routine you will find it will be very difficult to go back to how you were. An important tip to take into account is to be prepared for the growing pains. If you can handle the difficult stages then things will pick up for you and everything will become easier. It is fine to challenge yourself because if you do not do this you will not grow as a person.
Healthy Snacks Ideas
- Protein Ice Cream – The ingredients you need to use to make this is yoghurt, ice cubes, soy protein and then all you have to do is blend it then put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- A healthy alternative to KFC – All you need to do is get some chicken breasts, marinate them, add seasoning, crush up some cornflakes and roll the chicken breasts in them to coat it. You will then need to bake it.
Finally, why am I talking about this? Imagine more people start looking after their health, the costs of treating those diseases can decrease, so free up more money to invest in disease prevention, doctors’ welfare so they can be healthier first then look after more people, or even other things to enhance people’s lifestyle.
This is written just out of passion, if you have any thoughts or feedback on this topic, we’d love to hear from you.