Healthy Living – Culture, Self – Care & Lifestyle

Healthy living is essential in this culture because it acts as a form of respect for yourself. There are many benefits for improving yourself and your lifestyle. It rewards you with a clearer mindset and stronger and well-rounded health. Minor changes can make a huge difference to the way see and feel about yourself. Sometimes it is those little things which become habits that can make a major change. For example, drinking more water helps flush out toxins.

There are many ways we can look at healthy living and this post will explore the following below:

Culture

We’re in a time where we see black people achieving great accomplishments. In television, music and arts, our works are being recognised. This increases the production of work, so therefore we must learn how to live a well-balanced life. It’s about being able to respond and cope with situations accordingly so you can work out what works best for you and others around you. For example, if you need to commute for a job. It’s about being able to find a route to reduce minimal disruption to your day.  In our culture, it is easy to get wrapped up in living a busy life. London is the capital city of the UK, that explains it all. Londoners move at a much faster pace than people in other cities in the UK, e.g. it’s much slower paced in Nottingham. I believe it’s due to it being in a rural area or near a countryside. Whereas in London, either you’re rushing to work or having multiple things going on at one. It can be difficult to remain balanced when pulled in many directions; such as maintaining a steady job, maintaining good relationships or investing into hobbies and interests. You’re jumping from one milestone to the next in order to strive to complete goals you’ve set out. When do you ever get time to just relax and look back at everything you’ve done? This is where balanced living comes in.

 Self-Care

It also entails practicing self-care every or most days. It requires you to take time out for yourself to replenish your mind, body and soul thoroughly. It could be something as simple as making sure you don’t miss breakfast in the morning. Or it can be as big as treating yourself to a present for completing something important or reaching a milestone in your life. Those little pleasantries reward the circuits in your brain. Furthermore, inducing the production of dopamine and serotonin. This is helpful for people suffering from depression or anxiety, as it manages down those symptoms and reinforces a positive move back on to a calm road. Boundaries are another form of self-care because it shows what you will and will not welcome in your life. It acts as self-protection tool to ensure you run your life incoherence to your values and morals. This increases your internal compass to steer you in the direction of how you would like your life to go. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are moving, as long as you are doing what you feel and understand is best for you. 

Lifestyle

Healthy living as a lifestyle is not restricted to diet or exercising. It could mean working in an environment that is clean or organised so your mind isn’t cluttered. As well as, creating visually appealing surroundings to look at so it produces a sense of immediate calmness. It contributes to your overall well-being allowing you to manoeuvre better. Also, it is knowing when to take a break from your schedule. Especially, where black people are always striving to achieve and the constant pressure to deliver. You don’t want to overwork yourself otherwise you’ll burn out and that can be frustrating. The pressure can come at a cost to your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. It is essential to know when it’s time to take a break and have some me-time. It will allow you recuperate and can even expand and boost your creativity levels. Your mind is at rest, so with all that extra head space it can be filled with relevant information on how to improve different points of your life to reinforce the bodily homeostasis.

Remember your time and space is precious.

Thank you for taking time to read this post

Chanda D

http://www.thesweetspace.co

@chandademi

Image source: chandademiphotography

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