The change from fall to winter is often wet, grey, and miserable, especially in my home city of Toronto!
It’s cold and the days are short. To compound this, it’s flu season and we have last year’s corona virus as a warning of what to watch for.
Last year, the flu virus caught up with me.
I thought that because of my cancer journey I would never take my health for granted. But, I got caught up in the daily pressures of work and home, started getting run down, and my well-being wasn’t always my top priority.
There is nothing like a full-body, aching flu that keeps you in bed for a week to reset your priorities. I was quickly reminded how precious and important my health is.
Make Health a Priority
Even people who make health a priority get sick, but our overall resistance and recovery time will be that much better if we practice preventive self-care on a daily basis.
Eat well, be active, take time to relax, connect with others and recharge. These are not luxuries, but rather priorities that should be at the top of our lists.
If you have fallen into some bad habits, then you know that it is not enough to want to make a change. It takes work and consistency.
Start with one change first.
Ask yourself: what is the ONE healthy change that I am willing to take responsibility for and to carve out the time to make it happen?
Choose to make that one change today.
Be as specific as possible. What do you need to do to make it happen? What challenges might throw you off?
And be realistic. I strive to exercise five times a week, but often only manage three times. That’s okay. Doing some is much better than none.
Give yourself permission to be human
I strive for an hour of exercise but will accept that it is “good enough” if I do 30 minutes. I have also learned that I need to exercise first thing in the morning or it’s unlikely to happen.
As we head into the winter and cold/flu season, join me in choosing your health first.
Start today. One step at a time.