Take Care of Yourself starting Young
- January 12,2022
- 5 Min Read
India celebrates National Youth Day on 12th January each year to honor the birth of Swami Vivekananda, one of India's most significant social and spiritual leaders. Swami Vivekananda emphasized not just the external but also the internal growth of a person. As humans, we need to be aware of our actions, take accountability, and strive hard to be a better version of ourselves with every passing day.
It is in our youth that we can take the proper steps to maintain the highest standards of health and well-being for our future self. Hence, maintaining a healthy lifestyle when we are still young will reap its benefits to the fullest in the future for us.
Today let's address the importance of good health and why it is crucial to start young.
Youth is the window of opportunity that helps lay down the concrete foundation of a healthy and productive adulthood. The term 'good health' is used in relation to our physical, mental, and social well-being. Being physically fit automatically affects our cognitive and social well-being. The consequences of following an unhealthy and an inactive lifestyle at a young age can lead to several disorders such as obesity, hormonal imbalance, heart diseases, stroke, body inflammation, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety in the future.
These health risks are highly preventable if we make certain lifestyle choices from a young age. Research suggests self-care started at a young age significantly promotes positive health outcomes, strong immunity, long life expectancy, and good tolerance to managing stress. Some small steps that one can take to maintain good physical health are:
- Following a healthy diet - fill a major portion of your diet eat with things that grow on a plant and not those that are made in a plant
- Regularly engaging in a physical exercise
- Get a better sleep schedule
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Restricting your sugar intake
- Keeping your blood sugar in check
- Getting adequately vaccinated
- Periodic health check-ups that help highlight the concern areas so you can work on improving them
And although physical health always reflects on your mental and social health, one can add these to their 'self-care' list as well:
- Practice Gratitude.
- Nurture your relationships with friends and family.
- Explore new things, new places, foods & experiences.
- Don’t let a hobby die.
- Keep learning new skills.
- Engage in activities that give you mental stimulation & make you happy.
There are numerous metaphors and idioms that impart a very important lesson - for everything that we wish to build well in our lives, the foundation needs to be robust. One's health is the foundation for a long, happy, successful life and to build it well, it needs to be in focus right from the beginning.