Are you a perfectionist? It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s not exactly a redeeming quality, either. As our Health Raiser of the Week, Rebecca, points out, perfection is not attainable. You can try, try and try again, but you’ll always fail if “flawlessness” is the bar you’ve set (sorry, Beyonce). Instead, let loose a little and do as Rebecca does: learn from your flaws and failures — you’ll be much more successful!
What does health mean to you?
Health, to me, is truly a balance of physical, mental and social well-being that is constantly influenced by one’s rituals, environment and mindset.
What inspired you to start living a healthy life?
Accepting the fact that “perfection” is an unattainable goal has been my greatest obstacle in regards to my health. But over time, I came to understand that maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle is an ongoing process. Above all, it’s been my greatest achievement. Realizing this achievement was a nice wake-up call and continues to be the motivation I need to keep at it.
What are three things you do to stay healthy?
In order to live a healthy lifestyle (physically, mentally and socially), I strive to maintain an important balance of:
- Fueling my body nutritiously and staying active
- Learning from my failures/flaws, making improvements and recognizing when I have reached goals
- Making time to relax and enjoy my passions, such as cooking, blogging and personal writing
What is one motivational quote that you live by?
“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.” – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
What advice do you have for someone who is trying to live healthier?
Do not give up when it seems almost impossible to alter your current lifestyle. Work through the struggles, avoid returning to old routines and, most importantly, surround yourself with positive and supportive family and friends. In any attempt, big or small, to alter a bad habit, addiction or unhealthy lifestyle, one cannot simply take the journey on his or her lonesome. Set your goals high and work with others who not only push you to be your best self, but support you through the struggles as well as congratulate you on the milestones. Whether your desired lifestyle changes specifically target your physical health, mental health or social health, make sure you maintain a balance in all three core components. Start with small changes, maintain consistency and stay positive!