Most of us go through our adult life wondering what makes those rarely successful people so different from us, and how they manage to reach their goals with such relentless determination, all the while protecting their happiness. While there are many factors that certainly contribute to success, professional as well as personal, and that we all find different routes to success, there are certain commonalities that help us understand success and growth better. Developing healthy habits can help us in so many different ways and one of them is, of course, our wellbeing.
For some, being healthy means not being sick, while for others, being healthy includes a much wider spectrum of qualities, such as having a balanced diet, working out, being at peace with oneself, and having a rich personal life. No matter how you define success, the factor of wellbeing is definitely the one to tip the scales in your favour when you come across professional and personal challenges in life.
Growing Your Resilience To Stress
We all have bad days. We blame the boss, the annoying bully from our kids’ school, the traffic jam, or bad weather. All of these and many other, much more severe situations can cause stress. Chronic exposure to stress is a known culprit of many diseases, not the least one of which can be a compromised immune system, making us get sick all the time. That translates to many more sick days, more stress, and a vicious cycle of inner irritation instead of inner peace.
Did you know that exercise is your most effective medicine for reducing stress, anxiety, as well as depression? It’s a vent for negativity, and a healthy tool to let your mind and your body develop. As you progress and overcome obstacles in training, your mind and body become all the more resilient to the stress and hardships you experience in life – you know you have what it takes to overcome.
So Much More Than Aesthetics
People will often dub it as vanity or narcissism when they see someone devoting so much time, effort, and money to looking well. What these same people fail to realise is that regular exercise, proper eating, and self-care habits in general are a reflection of self-love that runs much deeper than loving one’s reflection. Seeing that reflection, a reflection of change, evolution, and effort gives you confidence. It represents all the hours and creativity you’ve put into your training routine and your diet plan.
The same applies to all other healthy decisions we make in life. A visit to a renowned cosmetic dentist is yet another example of healthy self-care: you wish to have a radiant smile, and be able to enjoy every meal properly. A beautiful set of teeth is one of the most essential tools we often take for granted, one that not all of us are born with, as some need braces, or other adjustments to correct the bite. A person that invests in themselves in such ways, aesthetic as well as functional, is always willing to go the extra mile to achieve their professional goals – they don’t shy away from challenges and setbacks, they thrive on them.
Cultivating A Strong Temple For A Strong Mind
Regular exercise and eating well go beyond preventing illnesses or alleviating some of their symptoms. They also serve to strengthen you in every possible way to make you less prone to chronic issues of all kinds. Of course, they are not the so-called “magic bullets” of success, and they do not eliminate stress or challenges from your life, but they both teach you discipline, self-reliance, self-control, listening to your needs, and gratitude. These are some of the most essential mindset traits for overall success in life, all taught in a single, yet intricate and lifelong lesson of health.
Let’s put things in perspective. Mastering new moves at the gym, or the dance floor, activates your brain as much as it does your body. It improves your memory, problem-solving, focus, and many other cognitive abilities. Your ability to steer clear of delicious temptations builds your self-control and discipline, while all the results you achieve remind you of how lucky you are to have such a strong, able body and mind – eliciting gratefulness every step of the way.
Suddenly, after months of working hard to correct your posture or slim down, that client pitch doesn’t seem all that impossible to handle. And you now have the brain and the brawn to tackle any challenge that comes your way.
Success as well as health are both very relative terms, defined by our own needs and capabilities. However, consistently striving to be healthy actively contributes to your overall success in life, in many more ways that we could ever list in a single article. It’s time to find your favorite workout, and start sculpting your physique as well as your path to success.
Stella is a graphic designer and illustrator, a lifestyle and beauty blogger and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about the environment and her hobbies center around her love for nature, yoga and living in balance. Stella loves giving tips about healthy lifestyle and self-development. She is a contributor to several health and lifestyle blogs. You can find more about her writing by following her on Twitter.