Do you over-focus on health?

What if I told you you don’t have to get up at 5am, drink celery juice and meditate everyday to be healthy? Well, you don’t have to! Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way taking anything away from these habits as they do all have health benefits. What I’m saying is that they’re not an essential part of being healthy…

In recent years health has definitely been becoming more mainstream and people’s awareness of health has started to increase. This of course is not a problem, in fact in some circumstances it’s definitely needed. Just take a look at the trend of child obesity rates in the US! But where there is an issue (in my humble opinion) is when people tend to over-focus on health.

Let me explain…

Thanks to social media and an abundance of information at the end of our fingertips, we are able to constantly compare ourselves and research what ‘healthy’ looks like. More often than not, it looks like we have to; meal prep every week, have a flat stomach, are super organised, meditate and do yoga every day, have the perfectly organised fridge, walk 10,000 steps a day, not drink alcohol, not eat carbs (my pet hate 😡), go to the gym everyday, eat clean/paleo/vegan/ *insert any diet here*… the list honestly just goes ON AND ON. It exhausts me just thinking about it.

The issue is that people think these ‘health trends’ will make them healthy and happy. And they over-focus on these ‘health trends’ rather than actually focusing on what truly brings them happiness (and consequently health), such as meaningful relationships and finding a sense of purpose.

Sometimes you need to focus on living life, and not being healthy. If your focus on health is a detriment to the quality of your life then maybe you need to re-evaluate your relationship with health.

“Health is a vehicle, not a destination”

JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN

Don’t let health control you, restrict you or stop you from doing things you want to do. Use health to feel better, have more energy and live life more. Enjoy that glass of wine with your best friend, eat the bloody cheese and pasta if you like it… do what makes you happy. The rest will follow.

If you think you struggle finding a balance with health and want to correct it, please feel free to reach out. I’m always happy to listen and may be able to help.

Love Emma x

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