Similar to other millennials, I feel a sense of invincibility when it comes to my health. My rational brain knows that this mentality is ill-advised (pun intended), so I’m trying to do as much as I can to keep my health great for as long as possible.
After all, what’s the point of early retirement if we can’t enjoy all those extra years?
Time and money are both valuable resources; time, arguably, more valuable than money. And so, my approach to maintaining my own health is focused more on the time that I spend making conscious and positive decisions where the overall wellness of my body and my mind are concerned.
By investing time each month into my mind and body through a few simple preventative healthcare activities, I know I’m able to prevent myself from being overworked, stressed out, fatigued, or sick.
My definition of “preventative” healthcare is more than seeing my doctor once a year and checking off the boxes on all the routine tests.
The traditional model for healthcare in this country is backwards. We tend to focus on symptoms instead of causes. The natural remedy for a headache might be drinking a glass of water because we are dehydrated, but instead, we opt to take pain killers to block the pain signals in our brain.
As one of my healthcare clients told me during my Big Four accounting days: “We have sick care in this country, not healthcare.”
When it comes to food, for example, no one looks twice when they see someone walking down the street eating a bag of Doritos. Perfectly normal. But, if we replace the bag of Doritos with a cucumber, then we’re going to see that person get a lot of looks. Our society views Doritos as status quo whereas eating a cucumber is weird.
If you’re curious to see more of my thoughts along with the 4 activities I focus on for preventative healthcare, then head over to my guest post over on Stefan’s blog at The Millennial Budget.
Let me know what you think!