“How to be rich” is the central theme of this blog. Check out previous articles about this theme of how to be rich. You can be rich in four different ways, each one independent of another.
- Monetarily Rich – Determined by your monetary assets
- Spiritually Rich – Very difficult to attend and once reached, monetary richness may seem insignificant.
- Emotionally Rich – When your soul feels the rich by the way you conduct yourself. We do feel it all the time but need to sustain the feeling with self-training. Here’s one of my previous take on emotional richness.
- Socially Rich – When you have significant social influence in society.
Staying healthy is one important aspect which encompasses all four aspects of being rich.
Why staying healthy is a richness
- Because a sickness costs you money
- Beacuse most of the prople are sick of something or other. Living healthy is a virtue
A sickness often causes social troubles and a sickness prevents you from enjoying your surroundings. Your sickness deprives your family. It prevents you from living a good life.
Remember, if you are unwell, your soul shall remain unwell. Many sicknesses can be cured in exchange for money and care. Most of the sicknesses can be prevented by taking precautions and following good practices of living. Many old age syndromes can be lessened by taking proper care of our body.
As per a report from Kaiser Health Foundation, in 2009 per capita expenditure on health in the US was more than $8,000, a year. That’s a lot of money! About a million dollar in your lifetime.
As the saying goes, “Health is Wealth”. It is very important to stay healthy in your endeavor to become rich. This enables you to work hard and increase your work-life span.
On the other hand, you will be able to reduce the cost of health care. You will also have more time to enjoy your money, see places and to do things that usually require a certain level of physical fitness.
If I go over salary statement, I pay near $200 from my bi-weekly paycheck towards medical insurance, that’s $5,600 a year. Our Aetna plan has an annual deductible of $2,400 when the deductible is met, the plan requires a 10% co-pay.
As a result, we pay more than $7,000 each year towards health care. This year it’s going to be much more.
There are certain illnesses which cost tons of money and all insurance providers keep a life-time maximum coverage on them. That means if you happen to develop any of those illnesses, your entire saving becomes a risk.
Even at 10% (once the deductible is met), a prolonged hospitalization can erode a significant portion of my saving.
How can we ensure healthy us?
1. Cleanse your soul, stay happy – if you want to have a healthy body, you have to have healthy thoughts and emotions. Just as it’s important to avoid toxic chemicals, it’s important to avoid toxic thoughts. This is easier said than done. You need to change your thoughts and learnings.
No one is good or bad, its perception and circumstances that make us good or bad. Once you start loving all alike, you sure feel a lot richer yourself.
Be positive and think positive, it makes a lot of things easier in our lives.
2. Exercise regularly – This is no brainer. Regular exercise controls weight reduces the chance of high blood pressure.
Regular physical activity improves muscle strength and boosts endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and help the cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. As a general goal, aim for certain minimal physical activity every day.
3. Eat healthily, eat well – Don’t eat too much, stop when you are full. Don’t keep a lot of time gap between two meals. Eat fruits and green vegetables.
Cook your food most of the time and avoid outside food, set your diet and control calorie intake.
Eat balanced food containing protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and vitamins. Don’t skip breakfast and eat at least 3 hours before going to bed.
4. Take rest and sleep well – It’s important to give your body and brain a break. at a minimum of 7 hours sleep is required for an adult body. I am guilty of violating that lately.
Too little sleep can make you have difficulty with memory, depression, and a weakening of the immune system.
5. Take care of Dental needs – Often we ignore our dental care for the regular physical sickness and diseases. It’s in fact our teeth that are affected most by our negligence. Most of us often do not visit the dentist for routine teeth cleaning.
I admit one of my teeth is almost broken and I still don’t go tot he dentist for the fear of getting hurt. Not only taking good care of your teeth but perfecting that smile with braces n all has a far-reaching impact on our long-term career.
Doing all these can boost your self-confidence and make you an easier person to talk to.
- We all get sick or injured. The chances increase with age. If you get something that doesn’t get better on its own soon, don’t neglect, see a doctor. Good practices are not enough to cure all illnesses.
- When working out, never over-exercise. If you know your body needs rest, take rest.
Readers, are you keeping your annual checkups and are you taking the prescribed medications at the precribed intervals? If not, you should.