Importance of Good Health

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.

Remember:

  • 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.

What is your path in life?

Family and peers have a huge impact on the choices we make in life. These are people who have been with us from a very early age. It makes sense that our choices will be influenced by these people, right? We have all been put in a situation where the decision to make ourselves happy and the decision to make those around us happy don’t align. Are you being pressured by loved ones to walk a path that doesn’t necessarily make you happy? For most of us, the answer is yes. Life can yield some pretty hard decisions over the years. Sometimes you have to make the decisions that are best for you regardless of how other people feel. This is your life, after all.

Our friends and family want what is best for us. These people will push us so hard to do well in life. Sometimes, they just don’t realize the decisions they’re trying to get you to make are not decisions that you want to make. I have been pressured by my family from a young age to join the medical field. I am one year away from completing my nursing degree. One day, I had to stop myself and ask if this is what I really wanted from life. The answer is no. I have invested three years of college towards something that I don’t want to do.

My message to you is make yourself happy. I want all of you to stop and think about where you are at in life. Are you satisfied? Are you investing in yourself? Here are some tips to consider:

  • Evaluate. Think about what you want in life. Make sure you’re making decisions based on what you want to do. Don’t let other people persuade you to make decisions that will steer you away from what you want to do.
  • Consider your own happiness. Making sure you are happy is the most important part of my message.
  • Plan. Start working towards your path. Perhaps you want to be a nurse, a writer, an actor, etc. Whatever you want to do in life, start working towards it.
  • Seek help. If you know what path you want to take but don’t know where to start, seek help. Contact other people who are in the profession you would like to join. Ask them how they got where they’re at in their career.

The sky is the limit. You only live once. It is so important to focus on making yourself happy. Even taking one small step at a time will get you moving in the right direction. Best of luck!