ISSUES: Your lifestyle directly impacts your ability to control your health and quality of life. If you let your weight get out of control, your ability to perform common physical actions like bending down and trying your shoes. This can severely restrict the functionality of your respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascular system and urinary system. This in turn will impact our nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, reproductive system, and musculoskeletal. This will cause a general downward spiral impeding the functioning of all our bodies functioning. But our lifestyle doesn’t only impact ourselves. Like smoking, the pathogens we carry, and behavior we may and may not perform, spreads to your family, community, and nation. Soon, regardless of our resources, finances at every level can be impacted. Our lifestyle also determines just how much it takes to maintain status quo, and what it will take to improve it. You may have heard of people who take 4 to 6 pills to get the same effect, where 2 normally would have been plenty.
STRATEGIES: You can always make an improvement.
- Use a lifestyle assessment. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just take a moment and reflect on your current lifestyle in terms of pathology prevention. Look at each of the 8 Health Guardian’s practices listed on our homepage. You may eventually want to dig deeper and consider every pathology prevention practice, but first only consider the 8. Are you doing everything you can at that level? If not, drill down into and get some ideas for improvement.
- Now set some reasonable goals on how you would like to be functioning in 6 months.
- Now, with your goal in hand, identify 4-6 objectives that must be accomplished for you to consider that you’ve been a success. If you list more than 6 objectives, group some up into a higher level of abstraction. If you don’t have 4 objectives, maybe you can divide a few into more detail.
- Now you have a roadmap for lifestyle change. Work on it, be flexible, hold yourself accountable, celebrate victories, make changes when required. Remember, if you get tripped up, stand back up, and get back into the race.
- Evaluate, and repeat!
INTERACTIONS: Expect change, and resistance. Have you ever tried to quit smoking, maybe alcohol abuse? It’s hard, there are professionals who can help. If you’re dealing with drug addiction, then you do need help. If your trying to watch less TV at night, maybe you can do that on your own. Whatever your dealing with, lifestyle change always impacts others. It may change medication balances. What you want to change, may not be the best for you. Talk it over with your Health Guardian and those being impacted. Our herbal infusions provide a holistic approach to strengthening your organ systems, and can play a major role in your pathology prevention efforts, while lowering medical costs, and improving your overall lifestyle.
WARNINGS: When we set out to change our lifestyle, we will meet resistance most of the time. This doesn’t mean that your friends and family don’t love you, what it means is folks don’t like change. Think it through, make your decision, commit to it, and be successful. If you must change your peers, do it.
PRIORITIZATION: Out of all the practices you could use to make your lifestyle healthier, what should you do, given your limited time and resources? By using this pairwise comparison spreadsheet, you’ll gain directional insight and focus for determining what changes you should make now.
- Begin by evaluating CAREGIVING against MANAGEMENT. Select the one you prefer by placing a "X" in the cell if you want to select CAREGIVING, an "O" if you want to select MANAGEMENT. Then continue down the row, comparing CAREGIVING to NUTRITION and on down the row, selecting one over the other. Your selection criteria might be, "Which one do I know the least about?" or "Which do I feel would be the most valuable to me?" Write down your criteria and be consistent, asking the same questions at each evaluation.
- Count the "X"s in each row, and put the total in the cell on the right of the row with the heading "X-Count". In the example, CAREGIVING received 4 "X"s, so you would enter a 4 in that cell. In the PHYSICAL row, there are 2 "X"s. After counting all the "X"s, it makes later steps easier if we transcribe the X-Count under the O-Count. In the example the X-Counts are in the light green cells.
- Under each column, such as "MENTAL", count the "O"s. Under the "MENTAL" column there are 2 "O"s in this example, so enter the number two in the cell under this heading in the O-Count row. In this example, the O-Count row is in a light blue. The table will add the X and O counts in the Priority Practice row. The highest number is your next lifestyle focus. In the example, it looks like we need to change our Lifestyle by adding some Spiritual Practices.
You have now prioritized the high-level practices. You may need to drill down to prioritize more specific practices, or choose to work at this level. You are in charge of your lifestyle changes.