The ladder of health

Health is not something you have or don’t have.
Health is a continuum. And I have been at almost all stages of that ladder.

Where are you on the ladder of health?

The ladder of health

The bottom of the ladder.

Back in 2011, my health really hit rock bottom when I was suffering from chronic digestive issues that were leaving me feeling miserable in addition to getting a PCOS diagnosis within the span of a few months. Even if you’re not literally stuck in your bed, experiencing health issues on a daily basis certainly puts you at the very bottom of theladder of health.

This is the stage where your health problems are in control of your life.

It takes a lot of work to get out of there and start climbing the ladder of health, but it can be done. It’s as if you were in a sinking boat and all you can do is use a bucket to get rid of the constant flow of water coming into your boat and making you sink deeper every day.


Most people live in the middle of that ladder.

This is the zone where we can fool ourselves into thinking that we’re healthy enough and don’t have to change anything to the way we live our life. I call that stage the robot stage.

This is the stage where you can function relatively well and feel ok most of the time, although most people in that stage regularly experience fatigue, headaches, bloating, brain fog and other symptoms that are unfortunately so common that most people think they are normal.

Sometimes, it’s actually very hard to think that there is more to your health and life if you haven’t really been higher up on the ladder of health relatively recently. Or if you can remember how it feels like to be truly healthy, it might seem like something unattainable that was only possible during your younger years. But it can be done!

If you are serious about moving closer to the top of the ladder, there is quite a bit of work to do. To get back to our boat analogy, you’ll need to completely fix your boat and patch the holes to make sure it has a strong foundation if you want to be sailing again soon. But I promise the reward is worth all of your efforts.


The top of the ladder.

This is where I want you to be. My clients who can finally experience what it feels like to be at the top of the ladder can clearly feel the difference and never want to go lower on the ladder again.

The top of the ladder of health is where you thrive. This is where you can reach your full potential to be the best person you can be and bring your own unique gift to the world. I truly and sincerely believe that.

Let’s use our boat analogy one more time. This is when your boat is in great condition and ready to sail. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have any work to do anymore. There is certainly some maintenance work to keep your boat in shape, but making it part of your daily routine makes it a lot easier and ensures that your boat never leave you stranded or sinking along the way.


Where are you on the ladder of health?

I have been everywhere on that ladder and feel like although I am closer to the top than I used to be for most of the past years, I still want to climb up higher where I have been before.

The biggest barrier standing in my way right now is my (lack of quality) sleep.

I haven’t slept for more than 3-5 hours in a row since my son was born 16 months ago and although I feel like I have learned to function better in a slightly sleep-deprived state, I am looking forward to finally optimizing my sleep so I can feel like a superwoman again! 🙂


What about you?

If you were to put that ladder on a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being the bottom and 10 being the top, where would you be? Tell me in the comments below. 🙂

4 thoughts on “The ladder of health

  • Hi there… I’d say I’m striving for the top… not sure about a number though. I’m not in robot mode as I’m aware of changes I need to make and am setting goals to progress things… but still slipping at times so maybe just about teetering on a 7.. like you sleep seems to be my number one down falling at present… I developed some serious sleep procrastination issues when my son was about 11 months… no trouble falling asleep or staying asleep but I sort of just stopped going to bed- probably trying to claw back ‘me’ time in the most counterproductive way. I’ve been trying seriously to address it for the last 18 months but have lacked discipline. I have set my mind to making it a priority now and to making myself go to bed at a human time (not sure of the details yet lol). I know that all the other goals I have are unlikely to transpire if I don’t sleep enough and the cravings and lack of energy that result make eating well and being present and productive very challenging! I’m hoping to be in bed by 11 tonight and work backwards from there though the ‘official start’ for my sleep early/wake early mission is Sunday night… I hope this year sees you at the top of the ladder in all aspects of your life! Here’s to health and a good night’s sleep!

  • I’m in the middle of the ladder. I know it’s not normal, but unfortunately it seems to be my normal. I feel as if I’ve tried everything and spent more money than I should, but not much success rising on that ladder.

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