29-09-2022 | Aayusha Agnihotri |
With the changing world, the one thing you listen to people talking about is the change in lifestyle over the years and the change it has had on health and wellness. The continuously pacing fast life, the need to reach the top, or even just the need to attain a satisfactory life in a city away from your family, has made a lot of changes in the thinking and minds of people. While discussing such things, one often refers to pollution, non-sustainable choices and the crowding of cities affecting our health, but what we miss out on is the mental aspects.
The jumbles and trembles in mind, the blank space it creates, the sheer need for a break to reset and pace our lives every now and then and the everyday life choices. Health not just refers to being free from illness but also physical, mental and social well-being. Your choices affect your health on a day-to-day basis. Where wellness refers to actively choosing healthy habits, you choose habits like drinking 8 glasses of water daily and exercising at least thrice a week, but do you adapt healthy habits for your mind? Do you opt for meditation? “No, it's boring and doesn’t help in weight loss. So maybe just skip that.”
Weight loss is not all that you need for a healthy life. Take a day off once a month for yourself, that’s a happy habit. If you need help with an overly saturated mind, go to a place for relaxing, maybe a massage parlour. Making yourself feel good is an underrated “good habit”. Keeping your mind sane and happy is very difficult. The continuous flashes of past decisions and the consequences you are facing now are difficult to throw off. The continuous thrive for being happy, but not actively taking decisions for so, is actually stopping you from growing as a person; it is stopping you from being healthy. The past decisions cannot be changed, and their impact on the present is inevitable, but you can always make your present and future much healthier.
The healthier the mind, the healthier you are. As we read around, we realise the majority of mental issues are caused due to financial losses. While making financial decisions, we focus on how it brings an instant inflow of money but forget something very important… the future. Everyone misses out on future aspects, The current standard of living and how small inconveniences may affect these lifestyle choices for a long time. Every day, when everyone strives for a better life, we forget the unpredictable future. Each day is a new roller coaster where no one knows what might happen, and no one is prepared for the consequences.
All are working on setting a beautiful future for their families, but little does everyone realise it is not always a bed of roses. You wake up in the morning, open the door, get your newspaper, get a cup of tea, and start reading the newspaper. Here's the first news headline… “A robbery at shop 107 in the market area, all the jewellery stock looted in a night.” Was the shopkeeper prepared for such a situation? Yes, he was. Generally, businessmen take up policies for their shops and offices. They foresee the dangers and are always prepared for such mishaps. But is it the same for job-going servicemen? No, because there’s no robbery happening around, right? And then you read the next headline, “A 25-year-old slipped off a pothole, injured and hospitalised.” Did he foresee it? No. While living a fast-paced life, one tends to forget it has taken a lot to build and achieve the current standard of living, and it is difficult to restart right from zero.
Your health is dynamic and affects your wellness daily. The futuristic approach is important, especially since the new generation is missing. Just earning and spending money is a lifestyle, but investing money for your and your family’s wellness nurtures your future. Insurance policies, savings in various plans and mutual funds make your and your family’s well-being secure even if your health is suffering. That one injury can stop you from working for a month and hence affect your life choices. Maintaining a decent standard of living is important. The more secure your future is, the more calm your mind is.
Yes, it is difficult to thrive to achieve your goals to which expectations of your entire family are attached. And in the race to achieve so, your health and well-being take a back seat. Then a random conversation with friends, where one of the friends shares his experience of yoga class, you realise you should exercise too for better health. You take a gym membership for 6 months, turn up for 3 days and forget about your health for the next few months until you get a call from the gym that the membership has expired. The truth is, every decision you make is going to affect your future along with that of your family. So choose wisely, and never forget, The more secure your future is, the calmer your mind is. And calmer the mind, the happier you.