It is common knowledge that achieving and maintaining good health is very important for everyone. However, many people sacrifice their health for convenience, a job, a relationship, friends, ect. This is such a common thing in day to day life. It is baffling.
If you’re like most people, there are days when it is far more convenient to stop and get fast food instead of going home and cooking a meal after a long day at work. If you’re like most people, you don’t get enough sleep. If you’re like most people, you sacrifice a lot of time and energy into your job. While this is common, it isn’t good for the body. Everything is okay in moderation. But, do you find yourself doing this too often?
Our health is a very important thing. We only get one body. Making too many “necessary” sacrifices could have detrimental effects on your overall health. Skipping a night of sleep to study for a final is a helpful short term decision. Staying up all night to party with friends is a fun short term decision. Decisions like these seem like good decisions but doing this every week will hurt the body. People are not invincible. We have our limits. It is very easy to forget how important a healthy diet, proper sleep, and managing stress levels are. These seemingly innocent decisions have huge impacts on our body. While we are young, the consequences aren’t felt. It’s pretty easy to stay up all night when you’re young. It’s convenient to eat out every week. These decisions can cause health issues such as weigh gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.
- Eat healthy. Don’t eat out too frequently. It is more expensive and worse for the body.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is when the body repairs itself. It is a time of rest and relaxation for the body. Make sure to get enough sleep every night.
- Maintain good relationships. Good relationships have huge impact on the mind. Surrounding yourself with other people who strive to do well will be a positive influence.
- Manage stress. A little bit of stress is okay. It gives people drive. When a person is too stressed, it starts releasing cortisol into the body. This hormone causes weight gain. Cortisol also raises blood pressure. Stress in high quantities is counterproductive.
The take-away from this message is to take care of yourself while you’re young. Small decisions add up. Being healthy when you’re young will allow you to live a long life and avoid causing health complications.