Health and wellness has become a huge trend, with a resulting industry responding to the increasing interest. Althleisure wear has become a fashionable option to wear anytime. Boutique-style food options as well as trendy forms of exercise have popped up, responding to the demand of a millennial wellness focus. But are we focused on the right things when it comes to our health and wellness? We want to look good more than we want to feel good.
Many basic forms of health care are still seen as a luxury. While costs of health insurance have reached a new level of expensive, some preventative appointments are considered an expense many of us choose not to undertake.
Health is more than attending the gym or sleeping away the flu. Every day, I have clients tell me they don’t attend yearly doctor appointments. They avoid the dentist and fail to schedule time with life-saving specialists and appointments like mammograms. Many people believe that massage is an expense that isn’t worth their time or money, even though research has shown many proven benefits (and many times, their insurance pays for it). All these options should be considered tools to live a longer, thriving life.
Convenience has become the priority choice for many of us. Time is the one luxury we can’t get back. Unfortunately, this leads to fast food, processed choices in nutrition and food choices based on comfort or emotion. The problem is that convenience, along with long hours at work, is giving us the opposite response of more time. It’s making us feel bloated, lethargic, shortening our lives from various diseases and causing missed days from work. While we might think that eating whole and healthy costs more than a trip through the drive-through, it’s costing us our health.
We all want a quick fix. We run to the doctor for antibiotics when we are sick. We ask for prescriptions when we hurt or are uncomfortable. We are putting a Band-Aid on the symptoms while not fixing the issues. And to a major degree, we are ignoring the true issues. Obesity is running rampant, and we are at a new era when our children will no longer outlive their parents in age.
Other issues that don’t get the right focus include long work hours, lack of sleep, viewing mental and emotional health as a priority, seeking professional help for addiction, choosing to take vacations and gaining insight about ourselves and what is truly a realistic health benefit.
The basics of health and wellness should not be considered a luxury. When we avoid these choices because of cost, we are choosing to pay for it down the road and in other ways. Budgeting to include the best tools for our health should not be considered a luxury, but a necessity.