Human beings are, by nature, reactive.
Often when it comes to our own health and well-being, we are accustomed to putting ourselves on the back burner. We tend to deal with things once they’ve already become a problem — and not necessarily with the sense of urgency or forethought required to have prevented the issue to begin with.
In fact, over the years, we’ve seen study after study hypothesizing why it is that we can’t seem to act in our own best interest.
At this point, the reasons are familiar — if not predictable:
I can’t right now.
I wouldn’t know where to begin.
I have too much on my plate already.
Unsurprisingly, some of our most common excuses to avoid taking care of ourselves are tied to time — and our perception of it. Over the last year, in one way or another, every one of us has faced an extraordinarily difficult path — one that has challenged, head on, our traditional tendencies for putting our mental and physical health to the side in favor of dealing with other fires at hand.
We know that “the more primitive parts of our brain conspire against our thinking about the future. Our amygdala is designed to be hyper alert to signs of threat, but only immediate threat. At the same time, we’re powerfully pulled to immediate gratification, even if it’s undermining our own long-term well-being.”
Credit: UCLA-Olive View Internal Medicine