Monday, 28 September 2020

T To Your Health

Six Tips for a Healthier New Year

Many New Year’s resolutions focus on better health. Here are six keys that may help you keep such a resolution past the end of March.

Remember Who’s in Charge of Your Health

You are! Be proactive. Prevention is better than treatment of disease. No one else can control you choices, day by day, moment by moment. If you really believe that you should make certain changes, and you really want to make those changes, you actually can make those changes if you take responsibility for them and don’t allow anyone or anything to dissuade you.

Eat Well, Be Well

The evidence is clear, and its volume is increasing – a diet rich in a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, berries, grapes) enhances health and is an important factor in longevity. In the words of Michael Pollan (Food Rules), “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” In the words of Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine....”

Stay Active

Most of us are “fixin’” to get more exercise as soon as we can get around to it. Fact 1: Our sedentary lifestyle (combined with our poor eating habits) is killing us slowly. Fact 2: Statistics always seem to be about somebody else. Suggestion: Turn off the TV and take your dog, or cat, or gerbil, or goldfish for a walk. Walk instead of driving, whenever you can. Take the flower pot off the treadmill and actually use it.

Don’t Smoke or Hang with Those that Do

To the question, “Mind if I smoke?” the answer is, “Yes, I do. I mind if you smoke near me or in my house, but most of all I mind if you smoke because you’re my friend and I want you around as long as I’m around.” If you smoke, you should quit. Get help doing so if you need it. Each day after you quit, put the money you saved in a safe place. At two packs per day, kicking this habit will save you over enough in the next five years to actually do that dream thing you can’t afford.

Don’t Worry

Worry can grab you by the throat and strangle you, emotionally. The more this happens, the more stress and the less joy you’ll have. If you worry enough, life will rush past you day by day until your last worry – specifically, that you’re dying – comes true. Get yourself a worry box, and put all those concerns inside. At least once a year, sort out and discard the worries that are no longer issues, and leave the rest in there. Follow the example of Mary C. Crowley, who said, “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.”

Value Yourself

The greatest commandments, which summarize all the rest (according to Jesus) are: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. If you suffer from inferiority or a “worm mentality,” nobody wants to be your neighbor, guaranteed. As one 20th Century philosopher said, “God don’t make no junk.” That fact that you are loved by your Maker gives you value - period, the end. If you choose to place the same value on yourself as He does, you will take care of yourself so you can serve Him with your whole being.

Forgive Yourself

Unresolved guilt contributes to insomnia, heart palpitations, heartburn (reflux), high blood pressure, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, and headaches (including migraines). When your guilt has you imprisoned, it feels good to feel bad, because you’re so bad you don’t deserve to feel good. By contrast, God’s view of your sins is that when you confess them, you are forgiven ... so much forgiven, in fact, that He forgets them. Would it not be both wise and faithful to do the same?

Forgive Others

“To err is human; to forgive is divine.” When we forgive someone from our heart, we release ourselves from bondage to our own anger, resentment, bitterness, hostility, and the desire to get even or make the offender “pay.” Carrying a grudge can contribute to high blood pressure, hormone changes linked to heart disease, suppression of the immune system, and possibly even impaired brain function and memory. Letting go of that grudge is a certain route toward better health and longer life.

Nurture Family Relationships

If your family had a family reunion, how do you think it would go? Hopefully there would be lots of hugs and laughter and maybe even some singing ’round the campfire, like it was for many families just a couple generations ago, when everyone lived within easy driving distance of each other, and some within shouting distance of each other. Today, family members often must work harder to maintain relationships, yet with free Internet calling, and “web” cameras so you can see each other, you can visit even when you’re on separated by half a planet.

Love God without Being Religious

The practice of personal faith is central to achieving and maintaining optimal health. In recent years, hundreds of articles and books have affirmed that faith is healthy – as long as it is internalized and not just for show. This is because there is religion, and then there is authentic faith. Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, NASB). God is nowhere near as “religious” as humans may wish, but He definitely is “spiritual” in the ultimate sense, and He greatly desires your love and devotion, in spirit and truth, now and on into eternity.

Columnist: Dr. David B. Biebel

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Dr. Biebel has authored or co-authored twenty books, including one bestseller: If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? and the Gold Medallion winner, New Light on Depression. His recent releases include Making God Visible and Away in a Manger: The Christmas Story from a Nativity Scene Lamb's Point of View.


His goal is to help people attain and retain optimal physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health (personal wholeness) so they can love the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. He founded Healthy Life Press (www.healthylifepress.com) to help new authors with something to contribute in this arena to get their works into print.

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