Heart, Health, and History
Wow! Sad but true: we have to part with the phrase: “Happy New Year!” right about now… February is already here and I cannot believe that just a few short weeks ago, we were all coming back home in the early hours of the morning from partying with family and friends to celebrate the new year: 2016!
Instead of lamenting on how fast January left, let’s pay attention to what it is bringing to us. Of course, being this “Always Looking For The Positive” in things movement, I try to stay in the “plus zone” and look out for what elevates my spirits.
Ready? We have a few things to cover for February and it’s not only LOVE…
I know, I know… You thought I would be writing about another cheesy, heart melting topic that make the eyelashes bad and the butterflies flutter. It is not too far, people. For you to have a fluttering heart, you need to have a healthy one, you have to take responsibility for your health in general. I also want to take you on a quick history stint whatever your heritage. Can you ride with me on this one? There might be a few shiny gems for you encrusted in my little Black History tribute as it relates to heart and health.
Seriously? You thought you would be involved in Valentine’s Day without a healthy one? I have to tell you, if that muscle is not pumping right, you are in no shape to take on the game of love. OK, I might be a little rough on you here, but I am “serious as a heart attack” and no that is not a pun. The Mayo Clinic has a thorough description of the term here and I encourage you to check it out. Basically, it is still one of the leading causes of death in the world today and we have to not only be aware of it, but also to act upon it. Keeping your heart healthy can enhance and elongate your life. You want to be able to hang out and have a great time with your great grand children, right? You also would like to enjoy many (and I mean MANY) V-Days to the max, right? So get the main apparatus checked out. Before you even go to your doctor’s appointment, be well prepared to make it smooth. Lastly, you are NEVER too old to have the “heart to heart” with your doctor (wink, wink!)
Oh, do I have a treat for you in the few weeks! You will have to tune in to find out about this nice little resource I got to help me on my health journey. In the meantime, I cannot help but to empower you to take over your health. We are still talking about Valentine’s Day, people! Without good health, there are a LOT of things that can preclude you from enjoying the month of Love (or any month for that matter). Now, we are not talking about stuff out of our control. I am only talking about the thoughts and behaviors that we have the ability to choose. It’s all about choices. When I found that out, it was quite an awakening for me. There are some choices I made in the last 21 days that helped me lose some physical and emotional weight! No, I am not talking about any magic pill, but I am talking about the brain. By enriching it with knowledge about how to have a more balanced life both physically and mentally, we are armed with tools enabling us to make good choices for our health. Ask questions when you meet with your doctor, see a counselor/psychologist if things get overwhelming (I am telling you this is no wasted money), hire a health coach who will give you sound advice to help you manage the “homework” those professionals give you, and LOVE, yes, LOVE on yourself!
You know I had to put that little piece in there, right? Well, how could I not acknowledge Black History Month in this post since the topic of heart health is such an important one in this community? When gathering information on the subject, I could not help but be impressed (negatively) by the enormity of the issue… As a Haitian woman, this spoke volumes to me and found some even more valuable health information for my sisters over here! Heart disease is a leading causes of death in the people of color community; as we celebrate this rich heritage, I want to make us aware of the those issues plaguing our health. Yes, I am honoring Black heritage, but would like all people to take heed and positively change our future and learn from our history.
People, it is heart month, no matter how you look at it. My hope is that you are able to enjoy not just V-Day, but several decades of a healthy life. I promise you, it will not be an unreturned investment!
What will you be doing to start taking control of your health?
Love and Faith,