Did you notice?
If you have been paying attention to the stock market, you probably noticed that it seemingly dropped off a cliff this week. The United States stock market has been on a steady upward trend for the past 10 years. As a matter of fact, the S&P 500 has risen by nearly 400% during that time frame. There have been quite a few ups and downs during that time frame, but the general trend has always been towards improvement. Please bear with me for a moment, as I bring this back around. (We are aware that you don't read these newsletters for financial advice... at least we hope that you don't!)
The stock market is a lot like our health.
One of the things that can often be overheard in our office is "The things that we do on a daily basis are like small deposits in our 401k for our health." Read that sentence again, and think about it for a minute. When we face an injury or a health setback, our health will dip, just like the stock market, but if we are patient, and follow recommendations from experts, our health will often get back on track and continue on that upward trend. Our health, much like our investment accounts, will fluctuate a bit over time, but rather than focusing on those day-to-day fluctuations, we need to spend more time focusing on the long-term trends. Hopefully, your health is trending in the same direction as the S&P 500 over the past 10 years!
The choices that we make in terms of The 5 Pillars of Health - nutrition, sleep, exercise, hydration, and mental health can either make deposits or withdrawals from our account. While those transactions may be small in the grand scheme of things, sometimes massive changes in our account balance may occur. There will likely be drastic swings that are completely out of our control, but our daily actions will give us a better chance to overcome these issues and continue our trend toward improved health.
What should we do when these dips happen?
Just like a financial planner (keep in mind I am not one, and this should not be construed as financial advice) would likely advise you... Stay the course. Keep making those small daily deposits, and be patient while waiting for your health (like the stock market) to rebound.
Movement is my medicine,