Do you have an attitude problem?
Your attitude towards the little things in your life can play a bigger role in your health than your DNA. If you identify with these common thoughts, maybe it's time to book your attitude in for a check-up.
- "Sleep is a luxury shared only by students and cats." Research has shown that sleep plays a huge role in the maintenance of your body functions. Not getting enough sleep can affect your judgment, mood, and concentration. It can also increase the risk of serious accidents and injuries. In the long term, being deprived of sleep can lead to serious problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early death.
- "But my doctor will think I'm a hypochondriac!" Fearing what your doctor will think of you can be a huge barrier to getting help when you need it. Many people tend to downplay serious medical issues for this reason. Remember that your doctor is there to assist you with any medical problems and hearing about your concerns is part of his or her job.
- "A healthy lunchbox is for the kids. I'll just grab something at work." We all know what "grabbing something at work" does to a healthy, balanced diet. You need no lecture here, but we will tell you that adding your own lunch box to the production line won't take up extra time and you'll be grateful come lunchtime.
- "I need this chocolate to get me through the day." Using unhealthy crutches to get through your day can seem innocent until the day you find you literally can't get through without it. There will always be a day where you can't drink coffee or buy chocolate to cope, you must know that you can get through tough times on your own two feet.
- "I can't afford to be sick." Waking up with a pounding head, aching body and sore throat means that you are sick, whether you think you can afford it or not. Going to work will waste your time and your company's time and money. If you are sick, you can't afford to be at work.
Spending time analyzing your attitude towards health can be very telling. Whether you discover that you're always putting on a "brave face" or you're constantly telling yourself how much worse other people's problems are, a change in attitude might improve your chances.