Once we have made the commitment to achieve a higher level of wellness, there are a few things we need to consider.
First off, making that kind of commitment could be interpreted as selfishness by the people around us. Our spouses may not want us to go out jogging while they lay on the couch watching TV. After all, this is an activity that has been shared for many years, and now that situation has suddenly changed. They may feel abandoned. They may feel threatened or afraid. Hopefully, they will get the message and get up and join us.
Our kids may not be ready to give up mom or dad to activities that take us away from them. They may become more demanding or attention-seeking. On the other hand, there are many activities in which they can participate. They, too, can achieve a higher level of wellness.
People who do not understand may try to discourage us. Since they do not see anything wrong with themselves, they may tell us we are wasting our time.
Secondly, wellness can be costly. Fitness center memberships and work-out gyms can cost a lot of money, especially if they go unused. If choosing to buy organic foods, be prepared for a higher grocery bill. Vitamins and other supplements can also lighten your wallet.
So what is the answer?
Take a moment to consider, "Who is my best friend?"
If you did not name yourself, then you need to reconsider your commitment to wellness. In order to win on the path to wellness, you must first be your own best friend. You must first be your own best nurse, doctor*, partner, fitness coach, mother, spiritual adviser, and cheerleader. You must believe in yourself, your efforts, and your ability to succeed.
Make the choice. Make the commitment. Have faith in yourself. Stay focused on what you are trying to achieve and stick with it. This is not a commitment to last a day, a month, or a year. This is a commitment to last a lifetime.
Dawn Pisturino, RN
November 2, 2006
*Check with your doctor before engaging in exercise that may be harmful to your health. Even yoga and simple exercises can cause injury. Make sure that herbs and supplements do not interfere with your prescribed medications. Watch out for medical scams that promise miraculous cures. Watch out for practitioners who offer questionable therapies. DO NOT GO AGAINST YOUR DOCTOR'S MEDICAL ADVICE. DO NOT STOP TAKING PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS UNLESS ORDERED AND SUPERVISED BY YOUR PSYCHIATRIST. DO NOT USE STREET DRUGS. Being "your own best doctor" means taking responsibility for your health, NOT self-diagnosing, NOT self-prescribing, and NOT self-medicating. If necessary, go to the emergency room and get the help you need.