We’ve all been there, questioning how we got to where we are, contemplating what we should be doing next and asking why we made some of the choices we made along the way. These type of questions above give us purpose in life, but what about the questions that relate to our well-being, health and quality of life? Quality of life is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group. We often get so busy living and doing that we forget to observe our own quality of life and, in turn, end up neglecting our own health. In fact, it’s very difficult to answer the first set of questions when you’re not physically, emotionally and spiritually at your best. You have to disrupt your destructive thought patterns and reorganize your priorities in order to find peace and joy.
When we put ourselves and our health first we create a stable environment where we can mindfully deal with change, stress and daily tasks. Don’t underestimate the power of nourishing your body with a healthy meal, taking a 20 minute walk or making time in your day to clear your head. When you attend to your health first you will improve the quality of time you spend with people you love, you’ll perform better at your job and you’ll be more likely to accomplish the goals you set.
When you ignore your own needs you will experience burnout, it will become difficult to regulate your emotions and the external environment will soon control who you are and where you’re going. When you put yourself last you will become fatigued and slowly move from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat of your own life. This shift is a big deal. When you stop taking responsibility you start living as a victim, you become tired, wounded and bitter about life. You get stuck in a vicious cycle of unhappiness and sadness and soon, you guessed it, your health starts to deteriorate. All of a sudden you’re going in a downward spiral and don’t even know it until it’s too late.
Zig Ziglar, an American author and motivational speaker once said, “Fact: If standard of living is your number one objective, quality of life almost never improves. But if quality of life is your number one objective, standard of living invariably improves.” Put yourself, health and happiness first, the rest will fall into place. First and foremost, take care of yourself and also be mindful to enjoy the happiness this change brings to your life.