Why ‘showing up’ every day matters

What’s the old saying – slow and steady wins the race? Remember the turtle?

Healthcare treatments take time. Sure, it’s easier to call it a day, but you have to be dedicated to a treatment plan (within reason) and give it every opportunity to be successful.

If you schedule and show up for one Botox treatment for migraine management and after that single experience say – it hasn’t made a difference, you are not being realistic. Successful therapies take time. It is important to have a partnership understanding between you and your doctor. Are you paying attention to what triggers your migraines? Are you eating a diet full of things that are known to cause headaches? If you’re not going to be committed to a treatment plan and play your part, you really have nothing to complain about.

It just like a new exercise regime. Results take time. Eating one salad and doing two workouts won’t provide extreme results. Whereas integrating healthy swaps into your daily routine will pay off.  Bye BBQ sauce and hello healthy BBQ dry seasoning.  Move over glazed donut and hello sugar free Shelton’s turkey sausage.  And moving your body (even if less than a television episode from start to finish) will aid your program and boost your mental game.  A good friend of mine motivates herself to exercise on the days she “absolutely doesn’t want to” and a text message from her recently read “20 minutes is better than 0; I always feel so much better!”

Building trust in a relationship takes time. When building a serious relationship, one built on a truly solid foundation, honest communications, and follow through (reminder: words over actions) don’t happen overnight.

Whatever the positive goal is, we all most likely want our efforts to produce something that endures the test of time. And, for the most part, that requires showing up and practicing patience. Though I am not encouraging anyone to have patience with a person (be it a doctor, domestic partner, or family member) that is unhealthy and playing a negative role in your life.

Even if you’re feeling like certain life aspects are waddling at a turtle’s pace, remind yourself that you are moving!  And that movement is like a math equation – when you total them up, the sum is larger than the initial number.

Hitting the snooze button or delaying that alarm clock until the next day may lead to anxiety, uncertainty, or fear.

I’ve known a few people that have avoided going to a doctor or a specialist for five or six years. In my viewpoint, taking action now leads to long-term success. I understand no one wants bad news, but what if you could turn that bad news into non-existent news or manageable news? The internal turmoil it’s likely creating will be released. I sure don’t want an unchecked health condition lurking in the dark. What purpose does that serve?

When I got my COVID vaccine, the great nurse that administered it and I bonded over the reality that “health is everything.”  I opted to get the vaccine upon eligibility in early spring. I feel very fortunate for the early opportunity and continue to feel immense gratitude to the medical community members administering the vaccines.  As my vaccine appointments were early in the morning the nurse advised me to “drink about 14 glasses of water” on those days.  I did and had no ill effects. I have continued to share that piece of advice with loved ones and friends that have received the vaccine after me.  Getting the vaccine was high on my list as it is vital for me to protect my family and loved ones who suffer from health conditions that place them at greater risk for complications.  In addition, with the recent understanding of COVID long haulers and my growing knowledge of ME/CFS I want to protect myself and any person I come into contact with.  To me, being a proactive part of creating a healthier and safer community means getting vaccinated.

So, for my readers that also agree that health should be at the forefront, showing up makes all the difference! Here’s to your happy and healthy future, friend!

Coming next: Take a deep breath… or not? Does air pollution and weather affect migraine around the globe?