Sometimes it is the small things that have a big impact. Injuries, infections, trauma, and disease often get worse if left untreated. For example, a back injury might lead to a lower level of activity, which may lead to heart disease. An untreated sinus infection can lead to headaches, which can impact morale and sleep. Untreated, infections can spread to become debilitating or even fatal.
So the obvious solution is to focus on problem areas as soon as they are noticed. Start by feeling your body head to toe. Do you feel any pain or discomfort? Next, do a visual inspection and look for skin dryness, rash, and color. Look at muscle tone, your eyes, your feet. Specifically, you want to look for any changes to your body. If you find something unexpected in what you see or feel, put extra effort into why it is happening and seek advice from a doctor when you are unsure.
We intuitively know that it is important to stay healthy, but poor health can creep up on us. To that end, here are some resources to optimize our efforts around self-care and maintaining a resilient body and mind:
TED – Kaitlyn Sadtler “How We
Could Teach Our Bodies to Heal Faster” https://www.ted.com/talks/kaitlyn_sadtler_how_we_could_teach_our_bodies_to_heal_faster?language=en
TED – Rip Esselstyn
“Pland-strong & Healthy Living” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkEYcmCCCk
TED – Elliot Krane “The
Mystery of Chronic Pain” https://www.ted.com/talks/elliot_krane_the_mystery_of_chronic_pain
TED – Karen Davis “How Does
Your Brain Respond To Pain?” https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_d_davis_how_does_your_brain_respond_to_pain
TED – Lee Mun “A Healing
How To” https://www.ted.com/talks/lee_mun_wah_a_healing_how_to