five gifts of health
Have you heard the saying “if you don’t have health, you don’t have anything?” Well, it is true! If you are too sick, you won’t be able to enjoy your free time, family, friends, or your finances. Americans are very giving, to their work, their family, philanthropy,etc, but there comes a point, when this giving can become an excess and create imbalances, in that they don’t have anything left for themselves!
Take the airplane scenario, in the event that the cabin pressure changes what are you to do? Put on your oxygen mask, and then help others with theirs. Lets repeat this, take care of your self first! Why not apply this philosophy prior to the emergency moment, and take this as a way of life. The more you give to yourself and meet your bodies needs (air, water, food, movement), the more you can help and give to others.
The holidays are time of giving, and here a few gift ideas to give better health, which will give back in so many ways.
5 Gifts of Health to Experience:
1. Massage: Research shows that many illness have some correlation to stress, and healing hands can help melt that away!  If you have a partner, consider a couples massage and create a massage memory together.
3. Fitness: Find out what type of activities the person likes, a kick boxing class, Zumba, yoga, etc and buy a one month package for them. Check out The Presidents Challenge to learn more about different types of fitness http://www.adultfitnesstest.org/
4. Check up: Has your loved one been to the doctor or dentist this year? Perhaps many people can chip in and make this happen. Regular check ups are crucial for good health care and prevention. Don’t forget a vision check up too! For those without health insurance look into alternatives such as health co-ops. 
5. Free Time: A most precious commodity, time always seems to be filled with “to do’s” that can wear us down. Offering to help some one with something on this list, or watch children for them so that they can have some time for themselves can provide them with a renewed sense of accomplishment or well-being of alone time.
Cheers to you in this holiday season, and remember just as you give to others, give to yourself; mind, body, and spirit are always in need of care from you!