A physical cliff has the same vulnerable and perilous feeling that the fiscal cliff imposes and it is also at the mercy of pre-existing conditions and indecision! You may or may not realize that you are on a physical cliff, it’s not always obvious!
Characteristics Of A Physical Cliff:
There are many, many clues that you could be approaching or even teetering on the edge of a very dangerous physical cliff, I’m listing just a few of the common ones!
You know your health is on the edge of a physical cliff when:
~ you want to exercise but you either can’t or have to stop short because some kind of pain limits you.
~ you are so out of shape that mentally and emotionally you already feel overwhelmed before you start, so you don’t!
~ your good intentions in the morning cave into fatigue and low energy later, exercising and eating well are no longer choices.
~ you are doing everything to diet and lose weight and it’s not coming off!
~ you have extra weight around the middle plus at least one more symptom of any kind and you have carb cravings that you regularly give in to.
~ you don’t even know that you have carb carvings because you feed your sweet tooth daily and frequently.
~ you never get a full night of uninterrupted sleep and particularly when it’s due to untreated apnea.
~ the engine of your nervous system is always revved up and you don’t have techniques to bring it back down again!
~ you have an addictive pattern of over eating or under eating and you are not getting help for it.
~ you chronically don’t feel well, you aren’t sure why and you aren’t seeking help to figure it out.
~ you are addicted to recreational or prescription drugs or alcohol and you are not getting help for it.
~ medications are controlling your symptoms more than a healthy lifestyle!
More People Are Walking On the Edge Than Ever Before!
We are part of a generation in the US where some children growing up today may actually have a shorter life span than their parents! That’s appalling and scary! Moving toward the edge of the physical cliff starts at some point in our lives and that can be when we are very young. Practicing and teaching healthy habits with children is one of the best investments in illness prevention there is!
Arriving at the cliff’s edge is not an ‘all of a sudden’ maneuver even though it may seem like it when you are finally given a diagnosis or surgical procedure. Many people are steadily moving toward the edge and even walking on the edge without realizing that they’re there. Most people think that they couldn’t possibly be on a physical cliff if they are getting their daily work, chores and meetings accomplished. Life on the edge can be fully functional, but closer examination reveals that stamina, focus and feeling well are missing. Persistent use of medications to control symptoms helps keep us believing that we are no where near the edge while we are actually perilously close!
Move Away From the Physical Cliff!
Some of us were born at shorter distance from the cliff’s edge due to our genetics than others but this in no way means that movement toward the dangerous precipice is inevitable! In fact, everyone has the ability to move further away from the cliff in some small or big way whether that’s changing what you eat, improving your level of exercise, getting help to stop bad habits, drinking more water, eating on time, getting enough sleep or learning how to care for yourself and your children.
Indecision doesn’t lessen the danger of the physical cliff, if anything, it heightens it!
Your first step is to decide to be healthier, your next step is to step away from the edge and then keep stepping…one foot after the other, away from the edge, toward an open field where your movement is pain-free, your energy is dynamic, your mind is sharp, you’re unstoppable and passionate….. and anything is possible!
The next time you walk by that reflective window or look in the mirror, stop… check it out, can you see the physical cliff? How close to it are you?