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Why people consider health and wellbeing a less-important priority?

Updated on April 13, 2011

There are several reasons why people consider health and well being a less-important priority than other things in life. Most people around the world are so busy in their life that they don’t want to think about their health and wellness when they know that it is deteriorating. They don’t have time to follow a balanced diet or include an exercise regimen in their busy work schedule. They don't have to do home workouts or go to a gym. They don't consider buying a good health insurance and they don't have time to spend with their family to give them mental peace.

Health Versus Wealth

If a person is given two options, one to meet a client so that he can get more work and earn more money and other to go to a yoga fitness center and do some exercises for well being, what he will do, he will choose the first option and discard the latter. This is because he thinks that his health is less important than his money. He thinks that if he has money, he can overcome anything in life. This was just about money. There are several other things which become an obstacle in a person’s considering health and well being and some of them are:

Family Responsibilities

A person has a small family having a wife and two kids. Family members are four and income is limited. What the person will do. He will stop going for a morning walk outside and instead of that will put his mind into increasing his income through other sources.

We must devote time to our health, as it is important for us staying alive.
We must devote time to our health, as it is important for us staying alive. | Source

Social Responsibilities

There are some people in the society who are always indulged in helping other people like social welfare people, old age home assistants, senior health caretakers, etc. who do not have time for their own life, especially health and wellness. They have a motive in life to help others which is a very good thing but they don’t know that by doing this, they are taking chances with their own health. Having meals at infrequent intervals, skipping meals, no rest and exercise leads them to live a miserable life.


There are also several people around us who don’t have any social responsibilities, earn a handsome amount of money, have little family responsibilities but still they do not consider health and well being just because they are filled with procrastination. These people have an urge to look after their health but their thoughts do not materialize.

Casual Attitude

You must have seen a few people around you who are always having their drinks and smoking cigarettes and when you will tell them that these habits are deteriorating your health, then they will say, “I don’t worry about this”. This casual attitude towards life leads them towards bad health and diseased body in the future.

So above were just a few reasons why people sometimes consider health and wellbeing a less-important priority. I know that procrastination and casual attitude are two stupid reasons but still people keep on doing this and are playing with their lives. According to me, health and wellness should be the top most priority for anyone’s life because if there is health, there is wealth, friends, and other things and if health is deteriorated, then there is no meaning of other things in life. Even your money cannot do anything for you when you have some fatal disease, so the best way to live a fruitful life is by making health your number 1 priority and investing time in doing yoga poses like pranayamas, regular stretching and strengthening exercise, start following a nutritious and balanced diet, having your meals on time, buying a good health insurance that can cover most critical illnesses, enjoying leisure time with family and friends to freshen up your mind, etc.


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @rcrm89, ftclick, and BlissfulWriter, thanks a lot for your amazing comments.

      One thing I would like to add after reading your comments, especially BlissfulWriter's is we as human beings have no time for our health due to our busy schedule, double day jobs, extra work and responsibilities at home but still there is one thing which is a true fact that "no one has time and one need to create time on his own".

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      There are many who would love to buy healthier foods; but they are more expensive and whatever small amount of funds they have in the checking account has to go to pay the water and electricity bills.

      There are many who would love to cook their own meals at home instead of eating at fast food. But they leave the house at 6am and don't get in until 9pm because they are working two minimum wage jobs.

      There are many who would love to eat breakfast in the morning, but they have an hour-long commute in traffic to go to a 8am meeting. They can not wake up early enough to cook, because they are unable to get in a full 8 hours of sleep as it is.

      There are many who would love to walk to the store instead of driving, but it take one hour to walk and 5 minutes to drive and they need that extra hour to do chores like vaccum carpets and clean bathtubs.

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      ftclick 6 years ago

      I remember one hub had a cartoon of one guy asking the patient. "Would you like to die tomorrow or start eating healthy and exercise?" It's plain & simple. You gotta find time.

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      rcrm89 6 years ago

      I think the main issue is it takes effort, discipline, consistency and patience when the large majority of people want easy answers and instant results.

      It is hard to restrict eating when there is a surplus of food available (it goes against our deeply rooted biological instincts) - particularly lots of tasty, caloric dense foods.

      Dieting can also be very restrictive of your social life, which is at or very close to the top of most peoples priority list.

      Exercise takes time and effort - for the majority of people it is a chore and painful - particularly when you are unfit it's easy to get discouraged).

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes bro, we need to save at least some time for our health so that we stand strong in times of crisis.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      This is so true - at least for me. However, I try to save some me time whenever I can.