A healthy lifestyle is a way of life. On the other hand, we have a tendency to neglect things until it reaches to its maximum point. We required a COVID-19 VIRUS to take our lives seriously and to maintain a proper, healthy way of living.
A healthy lifestyle is one which involves a healthy diet, a healthy body weight and a healthy physical activity level. Only three things; and we are granted a healthier, happier and longer life. It’s a fact that we have heard and known since we were children. So, why is it so hard to maintain one? The answer is something we live with each day. Unrealistic beauty standards, unhealthy work ethics, environmental stresses; these all have contributed to a fatigued body and weak immune system.
Lifestyles In Contemporary Times
Through the internet and social media, we have been introduced to: –
- Picture perfect content creators with the ‘ideal bodies’
- successful people who sacrificed their own needs to achieve the success what they have today.
- Toxic Positivity.
And we as an audience, try to emulate these very lifestyles and ideals of success, figures, happiness and fulfillment. Unaware or unaccepting of the fact that each person has their own pace and system of working; people go to dangerous lengths for it all. We hear of cases about people starving themselves or the starvation relapsing into an over-eating frenzy, workaholics and perfectionists straining themselves to their limits until a collapse or a shock finally makes them stop.
Of course, it is not easy to change one’s lifestyle overnight. But we can definitely have a start.
- Cutting down on caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda
- Starting off the day with a light breakfast.
- Avoid using phones and electronics at least an hour before going to bed.
- Try to have seven to eight hours of sleep each day.
- Instead of exercising for an hour in the same breath, it is better to exercise for 10 – 15 minutes, twice or thrice a day.
The above mentioned are only a few of the many more things one can do to improve; and most important of all, one should let go of the guilt of rest. Working while sick, stressing over work on a much-needed weekend; all of them have to go. There is no shame and no guilt in a well-deserved vacation after spending days and weeks at your job. Our body and mind both need rest.