Health. What a boring topic, right?
I wasn’t planning on talking about it in my blog, except after spending most of the week in bed, miserable, because I was too sick to even enjoy some Netflix & Chill, I realised that health is a huge part of my journey to happiness.
We don’t notice our health until it’s compromised. I mean, how many people go to the doctor just to see if everything’s okay? Or take vitamins & supplements year after year despite feeling fine?
I learnt my lesson the hard way a couple of years ago. I pushed my body with late nights, a poor diet, an extended period of Christmas drinks, and worst of all, some emotional trauma… and what happened? I got sick. Life-threateningly sick.
I went down with the flu and crazy high fevers for 10 days before my mum insisted I go to the hospital. They admitted me and before I knew it, I was in the ICU on a BiPAP machine (life support) due to not being able to breathe on my own. Say whaaat??
Now it’s important you know that I was a pretty darn healthy person prior to this. I’d never been hospitalised and I rarely went down for more than a couple of days with a cold or flu. But this time around, I got hit with glandular fever, pneumonia AND tonsillitis. Because apparently just one wouldn’t have been dramatic enough. (I rarely do things by halves).
Case in point with my before and after shots:
I’m happy to say that I bounced back relatively quickly after a 10 day stint in hospital. The doctors and nurses were actually amazed at my fast recovery and said it was due to my level of health and fitness (…and youth) prior to getting sick. Basically, what I went down with could have turned out much worse.
But then fast forward two years and I had yet another scare, that resulted in preventative surgery to avoid things getting sinister. And I almost didn’t find out about it because I hadn’t been going for regular check-ups! Oops. Apparently some of us need more than one wake-up call to change our behaviour.
So why all the doom and gloom if I’m healthy now?
One of my biggest realisations in recent years is that what society is calling “healthy” these days is completely different to true health. We’ve all grown accustomed to feeling okay and don’t even know what it is to feel awesome.
Sure, millions of people live their entire lives only feeling okay and still achieve enough, are happy enough, live long enough. But can I ask why – when we’re trying so hard to meet the perfect partner, create the perfect career, raise the perfect children – we’re not putting as much effort into feeling amazing within our own bodies?
Health and happiness are not mutually exclusive. To achieve your full potential with either, you need to work on both!
Think about the things you do proactively in your life…
- Re-stocking groceries before they run out
- Buying petrol before the tank reaches empty
- Booking a repair guy before something blows up
- Paying bills before the due date
All of these are done to avoid drama. To avoid going hungry, having the car stop in the middle of the road, having to replace an expensive appliance, receiving a late payment penalty or having your electricity switched off.
Only here’s the difference between those things and your body…
You can’t always pay to have your body fixed. You can’t buy a replacement.
You only have ONE OF THEM.
So stop abusing it and start paying better attention to how you’re feeling.
Are you always tired or lacking energy?
Are you constantly stressed or anxious?
Do you get aches or pains for no apparent reason?
Do you find it really hard to lose or gain weight?
Do you get an upset stomach on a regular basis?
Do you get ecxema or regular skin breakouts?
Most of us come to accept these things without even questioning why they happen but that’s crazy! Our bodies are pretty amazing and often these things are signs that something in our lifestyle isn’t working and needs to be fixed.
Whether it’s sleep, nutrition, hormones, products we’re using, or something else – there is usually an answer. So rather than going through another week feeling okay or “meh”, why not get proactive and start to really analyse how you feel and whether you could be making improvements?
You might realise pretty quickly that your stuff is self-inflicted and therefore an easy fix. If it’s more of a mystery, I recommend finding a doctor who’ll do some proper detective work for you.
I personally went to standard GPs for years who ran the same old tests and told me I was perfectly healthy even though I felt like I was running at 60%. I finally went to a holistic GP and found out there were a list of things making me feel crappy and all of them could be fixed with a change in diet, lifestyle and correct supplementation.
I know this is a dull topic.
I know it sucks to spend any money that doesn’t seem necessary.
But I can tell you that a prevention will cost you much less than a cure.
It’s now been more than two years since I was in hospital and I’m still trying to get back to the fit and healthy self I was prior to getting sick. It’s not an easy thing to do after your body has been pushed to breaking point. But I’m determined to get there because I don’t ever want to be that person who has to opt out of an adventure or experience because of a physical limitation that could have been prevented.
I want to live life for the fullest and I’m betting you do to. So start taking care of yourself and get on with it!
Thanks so much for reading. Have you had any health scares that kickstarted a lifestyle change? Or did you choose to change yours proactively? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! –Kat