Advocacy. Every day we advocate for something:
- our children and their needs
- a nonprofit that is close to our heart
- our local schools
- our friends
- our employer
- our community
We have no problem advocating for the betterment of any of the above, yet how many of us can say that we place ourselves on that list? When was the last time that you advocated for yourself, especially as it relates to our most precious gift – good health?
According to OxfordDictionary.com, the definition of an advocate is:
“a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.”
What we fail to realize is that a particular cause can be ourselves. For if we are not taken care of then how can we be of good to anyone else? Advocating for ourselves can mean many things, but for the sake of this blog our focus will be on health and wellness. Patience is not a virtue as it relates to general good heath and overall wellness. In fact, the trend today is emphasizing preventative care. Taking time to prevent harm and illness to ourselves with key steps every day so ensure we are at our best. Examples of those key steps can include – eating a balanced diet, exercising every day, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress, and when a problem does surface, taking the time to remedy the situation to prevent a domino effect of other health issues.
There is a great quote from Benjamin Franklin that comes to mind when talking about preventative healthcare, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” How true it is. While there probably isn’t one of us who hasn’t heard this saying before, I’m willing to bet that many of us do not really take it to heart. Why? Because it seems more natural to put others needs ahead of ourselves, more acceptable to advocate for others. However, anyone going through a health crisis would tell you that the prevention is worth it, that investing the time and effort into better health is a very small price to pay for the best quality of life. Don’t wait until you are that person in a health crisis that finally “gets it.” Be the voice for yourself, and then inevitably others, for better health and wellness. Because if you take care of yourself you can then take care of others.