Who is responsible for the state of your health?
Who is to blame when your health declines, systems malfunction, and your body refuses to look, act, or operate in the way you want it to or think it should?
It seems that there should be a place to put the blame for the lack of, or misinformation related to health. Particularly when we find ourselves or loved ones dealing with health issues that we don’t deserve or understand.
Can we blame the fast food or advertising industries for selling us unhealthy yet affordable food, or maybe the FDA? How about the agriculture industry? Can we blame our news and media sources for providing nutrition and health information that later, turns out to be wrong? Should we blame the pharmaceutical industry, modern medicine; genetics?
Do you blame your busy life, stressful job; the unfair hands that you’ve been dealt? Perhaps many of these things have affected you negatively and created immense challenges, making the idea of improving your health seem impossible.
You may blame all of this, and more. You might even feel justified in doing so.
However, I doubt that placing blame would actually improve your health.
It is critically important to recognize which past circumstances and environments have created negative impacts on our health, we should learn from those experiences to help avoid future offenses or risks. Additionally, it is important to understand that prolonged stress (including emotional states like frustration and anger) erode the immune system. So, getting yourself stuck in the “blame game” for too long can actually fuel and promote an unhealthy environment emotionally and physically. This kind of “toxic environment” is often contagious, and potentially results in increased risk for things like high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, insomnia, and acid reflux.
Unfortunately, there is no single industry to blame or to rely on, alone. We each need to step to the plate and take accountability for improving and maintaining our own health.
Lifetimes could be spent blaming and finger pointing, finding all the reasons that things have gone wrong. HOWEVER, that energy could also be used elsewhere, to move your life and body in a positive direction to achieve better health, emotionally and physically.
It’s ok to feel angry, frustrated, sad, overwhelmed. But when the time is right, it is just as important to let that anger go.
Give yourself permission to feel, and then heal.
Get back to the basics… family, food, water, HEALTH.
What are your priorities and how do they affect your health? What changes can be made to improve your future self?
Allow yourself time to reflect, rest, reorient, and reset.
Stay open to change, take every opportunity to get clear on what you want. Seize each opportunity to prioritize your health, make a plan to create and structure a better, brighter, more vital future.
At Naples Vitality, we help you create a personalized plan and stick to it. In a collaborative approach, we provide education, guidance, and ongoing support. We work together to help you create the life, body, and vitality that you want and deserve.