There are so many different ways that different people prioritize the things in their lives. In fact, in general, success can be a bit difficult to measure or assess, as so many people have different ideas of what that could mean. Someone who makes the effort and eventually gains the ability to travel may deem the person who sits behind a desk to be less of a success, but that person may see the traveler in a similar light, as they do not have the stability that the desk job offers. People can prioritize their jobs, houses, vehicles, families, travel destinations, finances, pets, and talents in an endless number of ways, but there is one thing that it boils down to for everyone, and that is health.
Why your health should be your top priority
There are a lot of different types of people in this world, as it should be. As long as people can keep open minds about interacting with those who may think in a different way or have different opinions, the wide variety of people on this planet is one of the most wonderful aspects of being a human being on this planet. However it does not matter if you are a person who is very self-involved, or your life mission is to make the lives of everyone around you infinitely better, if you do not have your health, there is very little that you can do for anyone, yourself included.
Focusing on a healthier life
One way to stay healthy is through well balanced diet practices and by getting plenty of exercise. It is also advisable to visit your doctor’s office regularly for checkups, as your doctor will be able to assess and identify issues that you may not pick up on. Commit to striving for good energy and healing when you are not quite functioning at 100%. And do not be afraid to ask about information and treatment for things that you never imagined you might have to deal with, such as anxiety or depression.
Navigating the foreign waters of mental illness
A large part of maintaining wellness is eating better and staying physically fit, but one aspect of managing and balancing one’s overall health is addressing any mental issues as well. As is often the case with subjects that society has for some reason demonized or decided was taboo, the subject of mental illness can be difficult to approach. But realistically, mental issues should be treated with the same care as physical ones, if not with even more care and explicit eduction. There are about 50 million to 70 million adults in the United States who have a sleep or wakefulness disorder, and these types of conditions can often be associated with anxiety or depression.
Don’t be afraid to learn about anxiety and depression
What so many people do not realize is the fact that anxiety disorders are so much more common than they realize. In fact, disorders associated with anxiety are among the most common in the United States, with about 40 million affected individuals aged 18 or older across the nation. That equates to about 18% of the country’s population. The other incredibly important piece of information that people need to know about anxiety and the many disorders that are related to it, is that they are very treatable. Only about one-third of those who suffer from anxiety ever get treatment for it. This fact alone is evidence that there needs to be significantly more discussion and education about the topic.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to be happy and to live well. Society continues to evolve, and it is now time for society to evolve to the point that putting taboos on certain illnesses or disorders is a thing of the past. Education is always the answer, and in this case, the more that the topic is covered in every possible arena, from schools to doctors’ offices to bookstores to cafes and even on the street, the more people can be helped.