Health has a variety of meanings to many aspects of my life. There is my whole body health, my mental health, the health of my family, and the happiness and peace surrounding my life and the people in it.
We all know that eating healthy is the most important thing we can do for our bodies. "You can eat yourself out of any exercise program" is something I have heard time and time again. While I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man, I am conscious about what I put in my body. I rarely drink anything other then water, I limit any kind of fast food as much as possible (this one is tough having three young kids and an early addiction to McDonald's french fries), and I cook most meals at home six days a week. I find this so important because it is one way I can ensure that my kids are getting the proper nutrition to keep them healthy.
Exercise is another large part of a healthy life. The thing that is great about exercise is that it comes in so many different varieties! I have played soccer since I was young and I still play. It is such a fun way to get some needed exercise and have a great time doing it! I also have a very busy home life; finding time for the gym is hard, so I have become very good at sneaking in some BeachBody DVDs during nap time!
My mental health with three young boys is pretty hit or miss. With my life as busy as it is, finding time to myself is very hard. But it is so important to me! I am a social person, but I value my alone time tremendously! One way I spend time working on my mental health is by reading. I love reading books that make me cry, sometimes a good cry can change my day! I also get massages regularly which I value so much.
Lastly, I believe that surrounding myself with people who have a positive impact on me and my family is very important in order to live a healthy life. I try to avoid people who are always negative, angry or dishonest. I don't have time in my life to deal with that kind of drama and stress! I am a very loyal friend and I have only a few people that I am very close to. My life and my health wouldn't be the same with out them! Being able to have peace and happiness in life can absolutely improve your overall well being!