For three years, we have been inundated with talk of the pandemic. On a daily basis, we’ve heard the words virus, mask, and vaccine. Yet, there are numerous more subtle pandemics plaguing our lives. And, with that awareness, there are lifestyle changes we can make to remedy these silent killers.
The Silent Pandemics
- We don’t eat real food.
- We don’t exercise.
- We sit at desks and on couches.
- We numb our emotions with food, drugs, and alcohol.
- We decided that the sun is dangerous for our health.
- We don’t allow ourselves to be bored anymore.
- We hunch over our phones all day.
- We created a pill for every ill.
- We’ve decided that being entertained is more important than living.
- We have a constant connection to our devices but no connection to ourselves nor to our communities.
- We eat too many calories, but not enough nutrition.
- We strive for likes more than we strive to make a difference.
- Some scientists promote sugary cereals to be more nutritious than eggs and beef.
- We believe our feelings are facts.
- We think being offended can change the facts.
- We suffer from things we don’t control rather than focus on the things we have control over.
- We trade our sleep for more social media time.
- We are mentally unhealthy because we’re physically unhealthy.
- There’s a health food section in the grocery store, when it should be where the whole foods are.
- We trust our health with food and pharmaceutical companies when their top priority is profit.
- People watch mainstream news to stay informed, when media outlets want us to feel angry and scared.
- We put too much focus on money and status, and not enough focus on health, family, and community.
- We trust the experts, rather than doing our own research or understanding the motivations of the experts.
I don’t have all the answers, but I believe that we can live better lives by taking the opposite approach of this list. Take action. Be proactive. Level up your lifestyle, one area a at time, and reclaim your health.