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5 Reasons I Try To Take Care of Myself

Posted Sep 26 2011 2:38pm
I'm just as annoyed as the next guy when I am "forced" to make a healthy choice when the unhealthy option is looking oh so good. I have lupus to start so inheriting other illnesses along the way is not on my to-do list. Here are 5 things that I remind myself of to help me make better decisions when it comes to my health.





1. It is not enjoyable to be sick. It is appreciated that my friends and family call, come by, make meals for me, etc. But the illness itself is very much uncomfortable. If it involves pain, that's obviously detestable. If it involves a runny nose, that always leads to dry skin on your face, people avoiding you like the plague, or just dirty tissues hanging around the house. Whatever the symptoms are, being sick is annoying, to say the least.

2. My family wants me around for as long as possible and I want to be around as long as possible. I have children and I want to be live for at least a few years after they move out of the house. I love them very much, but the teenage years are horrid. After the turbulent years are over, I would be cheating myself if I wasn't healthy enough to enjoy the time with them when they've (hopefully) turned into responsible people.

3. It costs money to be sick and that's money that could be well-spent on other things. You might have to buy medication, pay a co-pay at a doctor's office, sometimes there are unpaid absences from work, hospital stays. Whatever the case may be, I can deal with it when there's an unavoidable illness, or when lupus symptoms come up because, well, I have lupus. But when I'm sick just because of bad choices on my part, I'm a little ticked off with myself.
4. Life is so much more pleasurable when you're feeling good. When you feel good mentally and physically, you can do more of the things you want to do, from running track to a simple card game with friends. We have more options when we're in good health.
5. Health problems lead to more health problems. I'm annoyed as it is with the health issues I have. I don't want more. When we don't take care of the issues we have now, we end up with more issues.

There's obviously more reasons than this to take care of ourselves but these are 5 that motivate me. I'm sure you're not going out to buy a barrel of fruits and vegetables after reading this article. But I hope you will at least consider why you personally have good reasons to stay healthy!



(To use my articles, you MUST include:"Written by Patrice @ wwwTipsFromPG.blogspot.com").


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