As I was thinking of an idea to write about that could relate to labor day weekend, I decided to write about healthy living. By healthy living, I don’t strictly mean diet and exercise alone. For those of you reading this and ran cross country with me in high school, you probably already know where I’m going with this.
Healthy living isn’t just about eating right and exercising. Eating right and exercising is an important part of healthy living, but healthy living goes beyond that. If you’re unhappy with your life even when you’re physically fit, then you’re in an unhealthy state of mind, which ultimately is an unhealthy living condition. So what are the keys to healthy living? In my opinion healthy living is dependent upon the people you surround yourself with, the way you look at things in life, and doing everything in moderation.
Why do the people you surround yourself matter? Simply put, these people influence your mood, the way you think, and ultimately how you perceive yourself. Take a moment and look at your family, closest friends, and co-workers. If any of these people surround you with negativity, this negativity affects your mood over time. To a certain extent the people you surround yourself with may have negative moments, but those aren’t the people we’re talking about. Some people have toxic personalities about them and if they’re your family members, then you don’t really have a choice whether or not you associate yourself with them. But in general, try not to surround yourself with toxic people. Spend time with people who help build you up, and return the favor.
As I wrote about in my previous post about perspective, the way you look at things matter. If you look at things constantly in a pessimistic way, then again, you are in an unhealthy state of mind. Sure there are always things that are purely negative like violence, crime, etc., and that’s just a part of life. But when you take something positive and start pointing out the negatives unnecessarily, you steer yourself in a direction where most of what you notice will be negative. By looking at things in a positive standpoint, you not only relieve stress on yourself, but you’re also a more pleasant person to be around.
Moderation, something we don’t see much of in America. In a country where a lot of us binge eat and drink, these actions lead to unhealthy living habits. My coach in high school used to preach about moderation on a daily basis. Moderation is a something you can apply to every aspect of your life. Work, eat, drink, and exercise in moderate amounts. By doing this, you’ll reduce stress, stay physically healthy, and also disciplined.
By paying attention to these factors and actively looking out for yourself, you’ll set yourself up for a healthier and happier life. Eating right and exercising is definitely an important factor to life, but taking it to the point where you do the drastic Hollywood diets isn’t necessary. Like I said above, practice moderation and you’ll be fine even if you eat junk food.
Thanks for reading. Have a good labor day weekend. Feel free to comment below.