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.

Mental Health

Mental health is a topic that is often avoided in conversation. However, mental health is a huge part of being a healthy person. A healthy mind leads to a healthy life. Every person has something that they can do to work on their mental health. Here are a few tips to work on your mental health. Stay healthy.

  • Focus on doing things that make you happy each day. Spend time working on your hobbies. No matter what your hobbies are, take time for yourself to do something you enjoy.
  • Set time aside to evaluate your goals. Make sure the path you’re walking is leading you the direction you’re trying to go in life. If you don’t, you’re likely to experience cognitive dissonance. This is when your thoughts, actions, and beliefs don’t line up. When you experience cognitive dissonance, you’ll continue to be in a state of stress and unhappiness until you make the necessary changes to resolve the cognitive dissonance.
  • Change your perspective. When you train your mind to see the best in every situation, you’ll begin to become happier and stress less.
  • Get some exercise. Exercise releases dopamine into the brain. Dopamine is a chemical released that makes the mind feel happy. This is why exercise plays such an important role in making people happy when they’re stressed. Try to exercise a little each day. This will improve your overall mental state.
  • Remove stress from your life. Are you hanging out with the wrong group of people? Is your hard-work at your job constantly going unnoticed? Life can be stressful and it is something that everyone experiences. However, too much stress will take a negative toll on the mind. Find ways to remove unnecessary stress.
  • Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Talking to someone can reduce your stress. Take a second to talk to a friend or family member. The people close to you may be able to help you but might not see that you have something on your chest that you need to talk about. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone, write it in a journal. Expressing your feelings is really good for the mind.

Remember, no matter what you’re going through, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you’re doing well in life, following these tips will improve the quality of your life. Be safe, have fun, stay healthy.