The reward of helping others is immeasurable.
But I often use that as an excuse to not focus on my health.
This is a tough question. I have been intending to respond to that question on this site for about two months and keep putting it off. I have put it off because I am afraid I am not that healthy.
I don’t eat right (though chocolate cake has eggs, flower, milk… and didn’t I hear recently that chocolate is good for you now?).
I have a gym membership that I don’t use and I eat poorly.
So I am a bit of a workaholic. I have a great job that I love, and have spent my entire career doing work that involves helping others, helping our communities. My work and the people I work with inspires me. The reward of helping others is immeasurable. But I often use that as an excuse to not focus on my health. With responsibility comes worry, something I do well.
I realize I only get one body, and I am not getting any younger, and I should know better, but there are hard changes I would have to make in my life to improve my health, and I struggle with making them. Or making them last.
I try to go to the doctor regularly. I am not one of those people that is afraid of the doctor. I know a lot of people who try to stay away from the doctor, especially if they are not feeling well. I am not one of those people. So at least I feel like I do that to stay healthy. I don’t generally let health problems get too out of control.
I recently moved to a new city and left my closest friends back in Washington DC. My emotional health depends on connecting with people, so I have been spending energy trying to build friendships here in Chicago. This is one important way I am trying to be healthy.
Most importantly, I snuggle a lot with my dog and cat. They make me very happy and help to keep me calm. And I try to get eight hours of sleep every night. Mainly because I don’t feel that I can function as well on less. But also because I believe that is vital to staying healthy.
-- Bruce Weiss
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