An easy thing to do in life is to overlook what is important at times. Forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, or even shopping bags at the grocery stores all are very common mistakes that happen. It is part of human nature so we shrug and move on. Another part of life we accept is pain and changes in our health. All too much is known that eventually problems like headaches, cold, nausea and other plaguing symptoms will occur at some point in our lives. Sadly, this has become such a big part of our thinking and it clouds over serious warning signs our bodies produce for us to notice. We worry much about paying bills, new products to buy, deadlines at work, all the while forgetting what’s most important…taking care of ourselves. There is nothing wrong with the idea of being selfless and doing for others, but how can we do that if we are not keeping up with our health? By now, some of you are thinking, “Uh oh, another one of those public service messages on health and blah, blah, blah!” but really these messages are no different than what your body tries to tell you when it knows something is wrong. Here are some I want to share on the topic.
When the Body Communicates, Listen To It!
Again, we do go through life and acquire minor problems with health, that much is well known. However, there is no reason to compare something like a minor indigestion happening rarely to constant chest pains throughout the week. You hear people all the time telling you to “suck it up” so to speak and “it’s just a part of life”. Question, have they ever had the pleasure of being you and experiencing that nagging pain you are desperately trying to cope with? Unless there is some secret type of ability people have acquired, the answer will likely be no. Only you know yourself well enough to understand what your body is telling you so listen close. Pain that comes suddenly and last for more time than usual is a sign not to ignore.
If Medical Exams or Evaluations Show That Nothing Is Wrong, Do Not Give Up!
From experience, nothing is more frustrating than hearing doctors say everything is fine when I felt it was not. Once hearing that repeatedly, you start thinking maybe you are crazy and doubt yourself. Even worse, you feel like giving up and rushing into a false sense of acceptance without the desire to pursue the issue more aggressively. The thing to realize is that life was never a guarantee of easy, never a promise of everything falling into place automatically. We have to work to achieve our dreams, work to keep family together, work to help and uplift others, and work to take care of ourselves. It is true most doctors dedicate their lives studying the complexity of human health, but the fact remains that their expertise can never truly replace your natural instincts. When you feel something is definitely off, do not let it slide….stay confident in your belief and keep exploring any and every possible option you have in trying to figure out what the problem could be.
Research Your Symptoms, But Stay Calm!
Tragedies of illness and death strike hard in life and it tends to stick in our minds deeply. So much so that it can create a sense of fear that any moment those afflictions can suddenly become our own personal struggle to deal with. When we do have a health issue that comes out of nowhere and passes normal understanding, the feeling of doom arises in which we automatically assume the worst. Not to say it is easy to avoid thinking that but it is important to know that negative thoughts only serve to cripple hope and faith. Staying calm not only keeps you from overreacting, but it keeps your mind clear enough to focus on noting your symptoms, keep track of when they occur and researching them properly to get ideas on exactly what you are experiencing. With this approach, it is extremely helpful in answering questions doctors have for you when it comes to diagnosing your condition.
It is important to remember the value of your own life, not just for yourself but also for loved ones, friends, and acquaintances. It is not about stopping inevitability, since death is a part of life; it is about preserving the time we have here in the world to make a difference. History has taught us of the many illnesses that claimed countless lives; fortunately, we were able to learn a great deal from it. With that in mind, we must progress through lives with great care and attention to our health as much as possible.