8 Things You’ll Regret at the End of Your Life—And What To Do To Prevent It (Part 4)

It’s easy to take certain things for granted. One of those things is your relationships, which I discussed in the first post of this series. Another of those things is your health—especially if you’ve been blessed with great health.

Unless something goes wrong with it, “your health” is in the background doing its thing, and it’s easy not to give it the attention it requires. But when you’re sick, the whole world stops! And you begin to think about it more intently.

About a decade ago, I suddenly became really sick. In fact, I felt so bad in my body that I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Until that point, I had been blessed with great health, and although I wasn’t neglecting myself, I wasn’t really fully aware of how precious my health was.

Of course, I knew health was important—I knew it in theory. I knew it in my head. But after the sickness, I knew it in my heart and in my legs and arms and the rest of my body: I knew it experientially. I understood it a deeper level.

Your health is extremely important, and at the end of your life, you will regret that you have not taken better care of it.

While you’re full of health, you would be wise to take good care of yourself.

Stick to the Basics

When you get a car, there are a few simple things you know to do to ensure it lasts as long as possible: take it in for regular oil changes and check-ups,  fuel it with the right type of gasoline (i.e. no diesel…), wash it, etc. Likewise, when it comes to your health, it boils down to a few basics: eat well, drink lots of water, move your body, maintain good hygiene, and get plenty of sleep—oh, yeah, and get regular check-ups.

This isn’t rocket science. The challenge is to get yourself to do what you already know. It’s about developing healthy habits. And when we talk about habits, we know how challenging it can be to develop good ones. To maintain vibrant health, you must stick to these basics.

Keep the Right Attitude

A positive attitude alleviates stress, and I’m sure you know how detrimental to your health stress can be. Don’t underestimate the role your mindset plays on your overall wellbeing.

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Life doesn’t have to be perfect in every way for you to be grateful. The very fact that you’re still alive is reason enough to be grateful.

Let laughter enliven your life. Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. It’s good for you. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Joy strengthens your bones. Joy lubes your joints.

The right attitude promotes good health.

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You’re the steward of your life, and thus, you’re responsible for it. Your health is precious. Take care of it.

Question: What will you do today to improve your health?