- Eating good food. Food that tastes good, not food that is good for you but tastes like cardboard. There is a whole world of healthy food that actually tastes good and has vitamins, and yet people insist that I should eat konnyaku. Why? Well, it has no calories. That makes no sense. Air doesn't have calories either, but it won't get me through the day. Also, konnyaku is grey, I don't do grey food.
- Having a balance of good for me stuff, and good for the soul stuff. About 80/20 works, I think, although sometimes 70/30 is more realistic, and let's be honest, we all have those 50/50 days once in a blue moon, and that's OK, it's not every day. We all need vegetables in life, but a little chocolate for dessert is also important. Also, pizza, sometimes pizza is the only thing that will heal all ills.
- Which brings me to my next point. Being healthy means having enough energy to do all the things I need to and want to get done in a day. Of course, there are days when I take to my bed at 8.30 because I'm totally shattered and nothing else will make me happy, but, most of the time, on an average day, being healthy means having energy, which I get from eating good food and getting enough sleep. Not konnyaku.
- Sleep. It's important to give my body the rest it needs to get me through the day. It's also beneficial to those around me, because I'm a proper cranky pants if I don't get enough sleep. Everybody wins!
- Being active. Not just in the sense of working out, but also in the sense of enjoying lots of different things. Enjoying my job is important to me, I love what I do, and I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't mind Monday so much. But, what I do outside of work is important too. Cooking, running, reading, general shenanigans, they all help me to leave work behind me and that can only be a good thing. Just working makes my soul sad, and that can't be healthy.
- Doing actual proper exercise a few times a week, but only the type that I like. Forcing myself to play tennis because it's good for me doesn't make any sense, but going to a Zumba class and dancing like a loon is good for me, and I enjoy it. I'm calmer and happier when I've had a good work out. At the same time, not worrying about it if I haven't worked out for some reason is just as important, it's supposed to help relieve stress, not cause it.
- Talking with family and friends. As my relatives make me laugh a lot, they're very good for my health, laughing is good for the soul. Did you know laughter yoga is a thing? It's supposed to be good for all sorts of things. Either way, a good chat with a few laughs thrown in always makes me feel good.
So, there you are. My idea of what makes me healthy. None of it is crazy, not drinking snake blood to preserve my youth over here. Just simple good health.
What does your idea of healthy look like?