Becoming healthy is a process. The quest towards a healthy life requires continuous efforts and enduring commitment. One has to be fully conscious about the choices he or she makes since every action and decision counts. While there is no one-size-fits-all plan on how to live healthy all throughout, most people follow common principles, summarised below.
Be Conscious with What You Eat and Drink
The old adage reminds people to eat their food as medicine or they’ll eventually eat medicine as their food. Simply stated, be careful with what you put into your mouth.
Choose vegetables over canned goods, water over carbonated drinks, and home-cooked meals over fast food. Yet deprivation of all things sinfully delicious is also not advisable. Your option then is to follow 80-percent healthy, 20-percent indulgence principle.
Our bodies are made to move, not sit around. Thus, no matter how crazy hectic your schedule becomes, move. Learn a new sport, hike up a mountain, join a dance club, or simply walk your dog. Sparing 15 minutes a day will suffice, so long as you exercise based on what your body needs. Tailor your regimen to your age, sex, build, and what other factor you consider relevant.
Know Your Cathartic Release
A healthy life is a mind-body-spirit affair. All three aspects have to work together, lest the balance is disrupted and things will start running rickety. So take good care of your mental health just as you mind your muscles. Know what de-stresses you. Is it writing or yoga? Do you feel relieved from work when you groom an orchid or perhaps sing your heart out? So long as the ways are not harmful, then do it. Find your own brand of happiness and follow it.
Know Your Limitations
Too much of something is bad enough, always. When it comes to stress, emotions, load work, partying, gadget use, and practically all other behaviors, know your limitations. If working becomes too demanding that you forget birthdays, resort to instant processed food or are unable to socialize, file a leave and pamper yourself. If social media has consumed you, uninstall apps and disconnect for a while. Anything that saps your energy way too much disrupts the balance of life and turns you unhealthy.
Grow Your Faith
Regardless of religion, a healthy person generally surrenders to an omnipresence. A strong belief system provides an avenue for external attribution when crises hit or becomes a source of hope when trials come. This is important since stress, depression, anger, resentment, or even catastrophes tend to break people down and take a toll on their physical fitness. Beliefs that life is borrowed also prompts people to take better care of their physical bodies. Nourish your soul like you nurture your body.
Value Your Relationships
Your inner circle of friends, family members, partners in life, mentors, and significant others shall become your support during trials, as well as influence you positively on health matters. So value your relationships — at home, work, school, or any other avenue.
Lastly, be kind to yourself. If you’ve strayed from the healthy path for one day or month, know that you can always move the sails around. As you research more about fitness, you’ll find more and more helpful tips. Just be reminded that at the heart of it all is balance (i.e., mind, body, and soul), discipline, and kindness to oneself.