“Well-being is one of the strongest determinants of an individual’s health; it fundamentally affects behaviour, social cohesion, social inclusion and prosperity.” – Lancaster city council mental health
For many years I gave chair massages to personnel from various companies. Something that always surprised me was the amount of people that came too late or didn’t even turn up at all for their weekly massage. The most common reasons given were ‘I didn’t realise the time’ or ‘I forgot’. This was a regular occurrence and mostly the same people. Funnily enough these same people were never late for a work related appointment and were often the ones who needed the massages the most.
So what is it about personal health & well-being that it receives such a low priority with so many people? This is where Pandora’s box gets opened with the endless amount of reasons why this does not happen. “I am way to busy”, “I have been meaning to get around to it”, “I just don’t have the time for that sort of thing” or “I wish I had more time”, “It doesn’t seem to help”, “I can manage”, etc, etc…
Why wait until it is too late? Personal health & well-being only seems to become a priority when you are sick or when you are no longer able to ignore the physical pain & discomfort, so basically when you have no other choice. The reality is that when you are sick, then you have a “good reason” to stop. But consider this, if you start listening more intently to what your body is telling you and take timely action, you can increase your chances to avoid the sometimes long and costly road to recovery.
It does not have to be this way. I guess that is one of the main reasons that I do this kind of work, because I realised for myself, it does not have to be this way, there is always a choice. And if this applies to me then it applies to everyone else, there is always a choice. You can always choose a different path. However, I never said it that it will be easy, because it will not be easy. Breaking old patterns takes time and energy, there is a lot of falling down and picking yourself back up again. However, I can tell you that it is certainly worth it, that you are worth it. By working on yourself, not only will YOU be benefiting from it, but all of those around you will also benefit from it.
Start with small steps. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and leading a life where your personal health & well-being take a place of greater priority may seem like a bridge to far. However, by making gradual changes makes the transition smoother and the chance for lasting change more attainable.
The golden rule to bringing about lasting change is by being mild and supportive of yourself and surrounding yourself with people who are positive and supportive towards your desire to change.
Do you really want to bring about change yet don’t know where to begin? Then I invite you to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org for a no obligation introductory session and learn about how you can realise the changes you desire.