Planning for big work projects, vacations, household projects, events, meals, outfits and family needs seems to be intuitive but for some reason planning for our health falls off the priority list quite easily. In fact, some of you have probably never really put your health on the calendar and think you'll just fit it in wherever your schedule allows.
When was the last time your schedule allowed for something without you making it a priority?
Maybe that happens once in a while when a meeting gets cancelled or plans are changed at the last minute but even when you have an unexpected blank space in your schedule, did you use it to improve your health? See what I mean?
And yet- nothing else on our schedule will matter if we aren't healthy. Most people live life taking their health for granted. They wake up expecting it to be there and don't feel like they really need to make health promotion and maintenance a priority. But if you never prioritize it by putting it in your calendar, never make space for it on a regular basis then it will never happen. This is why it's important to plan for health.
You can do these in simple ways:
- meal plan so you know you're getting healthy foods
- plan to exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity every week
- set aside time to manage your stress
- have a consistent bed time so you get the proper amount of sleep
- practice gratitude
- schedule times to work on your relationships
- call to schedule your physical
If you don't plan for health it'll fall to last priority until it demands to be your first priority. Don't wait until your health crisis to change.