When it comes to your eyes, you want to keep them optimized so you can do your best work every day. You want to Live in Your OcularPrime so to speak. But Living in Your OcularPrime isn’t only about maximizing your eye health. It’s about putting the whole package together. It’s about making a commitment to consistency across the entire spectrum of health. It’s about taking proper eye care measures and eating healthy and staying fit and getting enough sleep and a healthy work/life balance — so on and so forth.

Hear me out. This article may sound redundant, but if you stop and think about it, it’s actually quite difficult to consistently apply the fundamentals of health. Using basketball as an example, it seems as if everybody wants to be the Los Angeles Lakers — famous for Showtime (in the 80’s), and nobody wants to be the San Antonio Spurs — famous for being fundamentally sound. To make the connection, short-sightedness in our health habits can resemble selfish play in basketball. For instance, it might look good in the box score when a player scores 30 points, but what was that players FG percentage? And how many assists did that player have? And what about defensive play and overall hustle? Maybe maybe taking less shots and spreading the ball around is the way to? Especially over the course of a long season.

Grasping the fundamentals help us stay in control and we want to stay in control of our health as long as possible.

When it comes to our health, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. Naturally, what feels good right now might not be the best idea for the future. Understandably, we all make excuses from time to time, such as: “I’ll catch up on sleep during the week.” — “It’s only one (or two) donut(s)” — “I’ll hit up the gym tomorrow, and hit up happy hour today” — “I forgot my sunglasses at home.”

Now, I’m not vilifying any of the aforementioned behaviors — well, except forgetting your sunglasses, but we all know certain behaviors are more beneficial than others. Simply put, grasping the fundamentals help us stay in control and we want to stay in control of our health as long as possible. Of course, there are several unfortunate occurrences in healthcare and a decent amount of bad luck. But burning the candle at both ends rarely helps the situation and can certainly lead to a blowout. We see examples of that every day.

Solidifying the fundamental aspects of health:

All this being said, consistency means something different to each person. A good starting point would be to learn about yourself and your habits, then figure out the best way to move forward. Solidifying the fundamentals is a good place for anybody to start — this five step simple plan of action might help as well.

Actually, Make a Plan

You know yourself better than anyone else (of course). That said, have a plan for the day and do your best to stick to it. It may be best to make this plan the night before.

Read more: Developing Health Habits Using Structure and Organization

Be Mindful… especially of your food

Do you really want to set the precedence for a day by making the wrong food choices? Try eating something healthy upon waking, then pause for a little bit to see how you feel. Do this instead of eating or drinking something with too much sugar without even paying attention.

Read more: The Healthy Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep