Re: World Health Day

Today is World Health Day 2016! The WHO (World Health Organization) is emphasizing the growing population of people living with diabetes around the world.

            The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults…

That being said, the WHO aims to bring greater awareness of the disease as well as the need to improve preventative practices and treatments.

Alternatively, I want you all to keep in mind that maintaining a ‘healthy’ lifestyle also includes caring for your mental health. I think it can be easily forgotten that our body and mind work in tandem. A part of our eating habits is affected by our attitudes about food and what eating means to us. Likewise, anxiety and depression may cause us to lose our appetite.

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These gauges are from the Distillery District

Now the gauges above represent the intricate mechanism in our bodies that track our mood, hunger, anxiety, stress and so on. Have you seen a kettle reach its bowling point? You may see steam coming out of its spout and hear it gently whistling. Similarly, these gauges help us identify which parts of our body and mind need to be relieved as pressures gradually increase over time. The trick here is to not ignore it! Yes, I know you’re probably having late lunches, skipping workout sessions and sleeping less than the amount you should be sleeping. I know I’m like that too! And it has taken a long time for me to see that what’s important is to live a balanced life.

By all means there are still some things I know I need to work on, and I’m okay with that. I’m human. I make mistakes. I overthink and overanalyze minute details, BUT I am trying. Below are some of the habits I am trying to instill in myself to live a more balanced lifestyle:

  1. Drink lots of water (I know people say this all the time but really you should!)
  2. Sleep at a reasonable time (No, not at 2 am after you’ve watched YouTube videos on your phone)
  3. Practice reckless optimism (Remember laws of attraction? That’s all I’m saying)
  4. Eat well but not too much (Think about it)
  5. Keep your body moving (I’m not saying you need to run a marathon or train for the Olympics, but always keep in mind that your body was designed for movement)
  6. Laugh, A LOT (Even at yourself)
  7. Show compassion (This applies for others AND you)
  8. Be receptive to change (Change is the only constant despite of how much we might resist it)
  9. Learn from every person you meet anywhere you go (It doesn’t matter whether you had a good or bad experience, there’s always something to be learned)
  10. Have faith in yourself

Granted, this list is catered to my lifestyle so some of the items on this list you might already do. Yay good for you! 🙂 Nonetheless, I encourage you to take a step back and look for different ways you can create a more balanced lifestyle that works for you. Oh! Don’t forget to share with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂

 

Always,

K

 

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