Your body is, after all, key to all other productivity and creation in your life, financially and otherwise.
It is easy to get distracted with lists of things to do, errands to run, paperwork to complete, bills to pay…and lose track of what your body needs to keep you up and running.
In fact, most of us keep better track of the gas tank in our car and scheduled oil changes than we do of keeping our bodies fed every 3-4 hours and making sure we get 8 hours of sleep each night.
Take a minute and think about where your focus lies. Are you (your health) anywhere near the top of your to-do list?
When you are in the situation of choosing between something that benefits your wellness, but costs more versus something that costs less but doesn’t benefit your health in the long run, consider this question: Would you rather be poor and healthy, or rich and unhealthy?
Health insurance, except in rare cases, is really not set up to support you in choosing preventive and natural health care. Instead of expecting health insurance to do what it is not set up to do (which only leads to frustration), think of insurance as protection to be used in the case of a catastrophic medical emergency.
Choose insurance with a high deductible and, like with your car and home insurance, consider it a regular expense for just-in-case. Then, with your health care premium savings, create a whole other area in your budget for taking care of you!
Here are a few of the choices and activities I find are well-worth the expense in terms of keeping me well.
- Join a gym! Exercise (aerobic and weight training) 20-60 minutes, 3-5 times per week.
- One-hour massage twice monthly. Click here to find out about my masseuse.
- Eat organic, free range foods.
- Triple Flu Defense, 10 drops per week. 2010-2011 just came in to the office!
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Things you can do for your health that don’t have additional cost associated:
- Open a Health Savings Account (HSA). This way you don’t pay taxes on the money you spend on wellness care. Click to see the HSA I chose.
- Take a class at the gym (already paying membership). I went to a Pilates class last week and loved it!
- Do Escogue “exercises” at home for 10 minutes everyday. Click to order this book.
- Hot bath with epsom salts.
- Go to bed early (so you are sure to get 8 hours sleep).
- Drink water or green tea instead of alcohol or a latte!
- Join your local running or cycling club!!
Donielle Wilson, is a women’s health expert and Naturopathic Physician with a private practice in New York City, Port Jefferson, NY and Connecticut. She specializes in showing women and their loved ones how to achieve their wellness goals by finally getting the answers they’ve been looking for to their most perplexing health challenges. To learn more about Dr. Doni and her unique approach to achieving health naturally, please visithttp://DrDoni.com today.
Fabulous post. I love how you work simple health preventative tips into a budget to offset the fact that regular medical insurance doesn’t cover natural health care.