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Happy Healthy New Year

As a physician and Health and Happiness Coach, I have worked with many thousands of people who are ill. I have also been affected by serious personal and family health issues and I can say with certainty that health is your greatest asset. When you have good health you have energy, vitality and zest for life. When you are healthy, it is easier to flourish in the other areas of your life such as career, finances and personal growth.

No matter what health problems you have been dealt, you can almost always do things to improve your health. This begins with accepting personal responsibility. When people are young, fit and healthy they often take health for granted, but, as they get older, and begin to have personal health problems, aches and pains, or see their friends falling sick, they may begin to take health more seriously.

Plan to be healthy in 2014

The beginning of the New Year is a great time to focus on your health. Begin by reflecting on your health in the past year, and on what more you could have done to stay healthy. Then turn your attention to the coming year. Think about how life would be different if you were more healthy; if you had more energy and enthusiasm. Think about what you could achieve, if you optimized your health, and what you will miss out on if you allow your health to deteriorate. Lastly, make a plan for how you are going to improve your health in 2014 and beyond.

Consider your health to be like your finances: with assets and liabilities. Simply put, the way to optimize your health is to increase your health assets and decrease your health liabilities.

Increase your health assets

  • Nutritious, balanced diet

  • Positive thinking

  • Self-regulation (learning to control certain body and brain functions, for example learning to meditate)

  • Exercise

  • Sleep

  • Healthy habits

  • Positive relationships

  • Genetics (while you can’t change your genes, lifestyle changes can switch disease causing genes on and off)

Decrease your health liabilities

In the medical field, health liabilities are known as risk factors. There are some health liabilities that you can’t directly change such as a genetic disorder or an inoperable physical deformity. It’s important to know, however, that one risk factor rarely defines your outcome.

Health liabilities include:

  • Dehydration

  • Lack of Exercise

  • Unhealthy habits

  • Not seeking medical advice for health problems

  • Contact or ingestion of poisons (such as smoking) or unhealthy food products

  • Physical harm

  • Emotional harm including stress

  • Extremes of weight

So here’s to a Fabulously Healthy 2014

So join me in making a commitment to optimizing your health in 2014. If you do, you will have more energy, motivation and focus to improve other areas of your life. Here’s to a happy, healthy, fabulous ‘14!

Here's to a FABULOUS 14

Here’s to a FABULOUS 14

Dr Leonaura Rhodes