What does it mean to be healthy?

Being healthy is more than just hitting the gym and drinking protein smoothies every morning for breakfast. Being healthy comes in all shapes and sizes and is in your mind as well as your body. One common goal everyone has in life is to be happy, but if you are constantly criticizing yourself as well as others how can you achieve that goal? The key is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone trusting the fact that even if things don’t go the way you planned them to it will be okay and you can keep trying. Its basically a glass half full half empty mentality. They way you perceive yourself is how others will see you. If you want a positive result you need to feed your mind positive thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong though I am the first person to stress the importance of physical fitness. Its very crucial to make that an active part of your everyday lifestyle in order to remain healthy, but you can do hundreds of sit-ups and push-ups however if you are going to feed your mind negative thoughts then its counterproductive. You need to constantly work at both to live a healthy life.

I know its easy to say this and you might be thinking, “yeah well that’s easier said than done”, hear me out though. What you need to do is come up with three hobbies to carry on with you throughout your life. Each of these hobbies should be in a different category.

The first is a hobby that allows you to make money. This is important because we all need money not only to survive, but to be able to support the lifestyle we want for ourselves and our families. If you find something you enjoy doing it won’t seem like work to you. Trust me on this you do not want to be spending 40-50 hours per week every week doing something you hate. There is nothing healthy about that so make a priority of yours to find something that allows you to make money that you also can see yourself enjoying.

The second hobby is something that will keep you fit. Staying physically fit will boost your confidence and self esteem as well as help you stay productive throughout the day. You will become less tired and have more energy which will allow you to get more done and keep your mood up. Some hobbies might include running, taking spin classes, doing yoga, joining a basketball or other sport league. You might even want to take up skiing or snowboarding. You could try hiking because it will bring you to new places you wouldn’t have thought of going to prior to this hobby. There are many active hobbies that are beyond just going to a gym (although I highly recommend doing that as well) you can stay active with or without a fancy gym membership.

The last hobby that is important to one’s mental health is a hobby that allows you to be more creative. If you are constantly exercising your brain to think outside the box and try and learn new things it will never stop growing. Some people end up staying complacent where they are and never challenge themselves to do new things because they are comfortable, but you will be surprised at what creativity can do. You might want to start your own business, start a blog on one of your hobbies so you can push yourself to learn more, or you might enjoy computers and work on new projects. You also might be really good at art or music and you want to create your own songs or paintings. Whatever this is find something that you can challenge yourself to grow personally. It will help your overall well being.

Once you have these three hobbies it doesn’t have to be set and stoned. Go back every six months and reevaluate your goals and what is important to you. That is part of growing. You might be able to figure out what might be going wrong in one of the categories or what you can do to improve. Whatever the case may be just make sure you don’t give up on what you want. Negativity and positivity are polar opposites, but when you keep at the things you want out of your life and stay true to your beliefs then the right things will end up working out.

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