Women are the consumers of health care for their families. Many families are choosing a more preventative approach. What is family holistic care?
How do we choose a health care, western or alternative, practitioner?
Grandmother says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
Some of us were blessed with grandmothers who had more trust and faith in themselves than they did anyone else. First and foremost take care of your health like it is your most precious resource because it is. We often push ourselves to the point of exhaustion expecting our bodies to keep going with little rest, recreation, clean (i.e., organic) whole unprocessed live food, or health giving physical activity. Pain is a sign for us to pay attention. It is our built in warning system. It starts out small and gets louder and louder until we finally do something. The longer we put off paying attention the fewer options we have for getting back into balance. If we wait too long we can actually get into a disease state. We then may have no choice other than costly medical testing, drugs or surgery, all with unpleasant or potentially dangerous side effects. We are ultimately responsible for our own health and the consequences of our choices.
If we are taking care of ourselves and maintaining balance in all things then we can hope for a long and healthy life. Are you taking care of yourself mind, body and spirit? There are no guarantees in life but I must advocate for self care first. Many times when there is a problem it only requires a small life style change to slow down, reduce stress, improve eating habits and increase our activity levels. There are also many proactive approaches to wellness that can go a long way toward life long optimal wellness.
Your Best Insurance Plan
A preventative approach to health and wellness is built on a foundation of a balanced whole foods organic diet, regular exercise, rest and relaxation and reducing your exposure to toxins be they emotional or physical. Start investing in your health by creating a self care plan that includes making small incremental changes in your lifestyle. Find wellness approach practitioners or classes as opposed to symptom based. The overall goal is to stay well so you don’t have to take drastic measures to try to “fix “ things. Fixes are often fraught with side effects or negative consequences. Most alternative care is not covered by insurance. How much is your health worth to you? Consider the cost an investment in your health. What could be more important? Put your health at the top of the priority list.
People who choose to invest in their health often spend money out of their own pocket for services that are not covered by insurance. They make themselves a priority and get regular bodywork, acupuncture,yoga classes or chiropractic to help them stay in balance. They can testify to the benefits of a wellness approach to healthcare. They say, “Pay now or PAY later!” Your health is priceless. We become acutely aware of this when we are suffering with an illness or experience some loss of our faculties. We take our health for granted.
Choose one way to improve your life and start today. Work with that one change until it becomes a habit and then choose something else. Life is a process. Be sure that you are not depriving yourself of health giving activities just because they are not covered by insurance. Take a moment to consider the fact that you deserve the best quality of life, health and well-being. Consider choosing family holistic care alternatives.