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3 Ways Being Sick Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

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Look, I know what you are thinking, how can being sick EVER be a good thing?

Just hear me out for a minute, and I think you may understand.

From time to time, even the healthiest people get run down and fall victim to getting sick. Whether it simply be the common cold, the flu, stricken by back pain, or something even more severe, it is rarely a fun experience.  I want to take a minute however to look at 3 ways that being sick can sometimes be a good thing.

Perspective:

It is very easy in life, when things are going well, to take it for granted.  This is especially true when it comes to our health. You can gain some perspective from witnessing someone going through something very tough in their life, but it can hit home even more when it happens to you (even if it is relatively minor).  Being sick can really make you take a step back, slow down, and appreciate how good many of us have it on a day to day basis. In my opinion having gratitude for all we are blessed with is one of the most important things we can have in our lives.  It can act as a spring board for even greater things to come.

Re-Evaluate Your Lifestyle Choices:

Many times when we are going through a health challenge, it can be traced back to choices we are making in our daily lifestyle.  These can be things such as dietary choices, sleeping habits, exercise habits, work activities, posture, and even stress management. Having to deal with a health challenge can often times provide us the opportunity to re-evaluate what we are doing or not doing in our lifestyle that could use some improvement.  

Take Action:

What good is a fresh perspective of your lifestyle choices if you don't take action. It is unfortunate that often times we need a negative event for us to take massive action towards change, but it is all too often true. Life is too short to regret doing, or not doing something.  Regret is an awful thing when you get to the point in your life where it is too late to change it. Commit to action of your new lifestyle choices.  28 days....that is what it takes to begin to form a new habit.  Change is ALWAYS difficult and clunky in the beginning, but seeing it through until your new choices become an everyday habit will provide you with a lifetime of benefits.  In the famous marketing words of Nike...Just Do It!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, none of us are perfect. Anyone of us can get sick from time to time.  It is always how you react and respond to any circumstance that matters most.  The next time you get sick, what will you do?

React by complaining about the circumstances you are in?

Or...

Respond to the opportunity you've been given, to reflect on how your choices moving forward can help you...

LIVE well. BE well.