There are obvious ways you can stay healthy and “live a long and happy life,” but I want to talk about some of my favorite tips for staying healthy. I know what it takes to be a healthy person, but sometimes it’s even hard for me. Sometimes I read other people’s blogs to motivate myself. Sometimes your mind is not enough. Sometimes you need other people to give you that push you need to keep going. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: diet and exercise aren’t the only aspects of health. I like helping people to be healthy, but it will take more than words and advice to help you achieve your goals. One of my favorite tips is to cook meals that you know will fill you up. Also, make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy eating and will satisfy your cravings. The worst feeling there is is stuffing yourself with a bunch of food and realizing you’re still “hungry” because you’re craving something else. Listen to your body when it tells you that it needs something sweet. There are healthy things that are sweet. Eat an orange! Another piece of advice I have for my viewers is to be honest with yourself. If you’re lying to yourself, how do you expect someone else to be honest with you? I’m talking about honesty in all aspects. For example, for one thing, be honest with yourself if you need a cheat meal. It’s okay to have a cheat meal to get you through the week. Your week is going to be just awful if you’re constantly drowning in lettuce. That’s the physical aspect of being honest with yourself. The mental part of being honest is that you need to be an honest person in general. You attract what you give. You don’t want to get stuck with what you think you want and what you really need. Also, don’t put too much on your body (or mind) that it can’t handle. Only you know what is too much, what is enough and what is not enough. You have to push yourself in all aspects of life, but not to the point of not surviving.
Relationships are another great aspect of living an overall healthy life. You accept the love you think you deserve. That is why it is so important not only to have a healthy body and a healthy mind, but also love for oneself. You have to love yourself enough to know what you deserve. If someone isn’t making any positive contribution to your life, then there’s really no point in being there. Also, if there are more negatives in a relationship than positives, it’s time to let it go. Negativity in your relationships affects you more than you think. It affects your confidence and general well-being. Unfortunately, you are setting the standard for all of the following people to come into your life. They have to know how they should treat you to stay in your life. If you allow people to walk all over you, they will.
Another thing I want to mention is family. Some people in your life will come and go. Friends will most likely come and go. Boyfriends/girlfriends come and go, but family is blood and family is forever. You can’t get rid of them. They put you with them for a reason and they are there to help you get through the times when you feel like you have no one. Yes, you can fight with your family. In fact, I fight more with my family than with my friends. But, I also forgive them much faster than anyone. I know they know me better than anyone. They have known me longer than anyone in my life and so has your family. While it may sometimes feel like they don’t know what you want…they know what you need and that’s more important.
Another big part of living a healthy life is sleep. I’m sure you know that you’re supposed to get enough sleep every night, but did you know that sleeping too much is horrible for you? Did you know that there is a significant correlation between sleeping too much and gaining weight? I don’t know the full reason for that, but I do know that skipping breakfast is bad for your metabolism, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. For me, if I know I have a long day ahead of me, I make sure I get to bed very well. Ever since I bought a Fitbit, I’ve realized how horrible my sleep patterns are. Sometimes I go to bed around 10 and wake up at 8 and I’m still exhausted. So, I check my Fitbit and see that I only got 5 hours of sleep. I’m obsessed with my Fitbit because it’s so accurate. My dad wears one too and says he sleeps well so it’s different for everyone but I’m really glad I have one because now I know why I’ve been so tired all day after thinking I have more than 8 hours of to sleep.
So with all of that being said, I want everyone to be the best person they can be. Follow all aspects of health and don’t just focus on physical characteristics. A healthy mind can also mean a healthy life. I think everyone needs to focus more on the different parts of health. In fact, I would say that weight is just a number. Muscle weighs more fat. People need to stop viewing the numbers on a scale as a representation of health. I have learned to be happy with my weight, because I know that my body contains a lot of muscle. Once again, thanks for tuning in.