Being healthy goes beyond just eating the right foods and having a robust fitness routine. There is much more to health than being in tip-top shape, and there are many mistakes healthy people make via their habits and beliefs that set them up for not-so-healthy experiences down the line. Here are three of the biggest mistakes healthy people make and what you can do about them.
1. Not Socializing Enough
Most introverts don’t think socializing has anything to do with our health. After all, it just involves going to gatherings and talking with a bunch of people. On the virtual end of things, it involves spending some time on social media to get to connect with others. Many people, especially introverts, do not consider this important.
However, socializing is about more than socializing. Being able to connect with other people deeper than face value helps us psychologically and can be a good way to ward off such mental issues as depression and anxiety. Having a strong support system will also help us when we go through some tough times and need someone to talk to. It’s a well-known cliché that a problem solved is a problem half-solved. People who have someone to talk to when they’re going through a tough time always bounce back faster and stronger than people who don’t.
Socializing doesn’t mean mingling in with large groups of people. Having a few friends you trust enough to be open with is more than enough. You can check on them every once in a while to find out how they’re doing and make sure they’re OK. Plan for regular meetings with them based on some common activity you all enjoy, such as poker, working out or a book club. The socializing aspect will do wonders for your health.
2. Not Preparing for Death
More than two-thirds of Americans do not have a will, and that is a bad thing. People naturally assume that you have to be very rich and very old to start thinking about a last will and testament, but this isn’t true. A will is about more than just dividing your property up among your beneficiaries. It is also about appointing a guardian for your children and your dependents in the event of your death.
If you die without a will, then the law will determine how your property will be distributed, and there is no guarantee that the people you want to receive the most will receive it, such as your children and your spouse.
The best way is to prepare yourself by writing a valid will. This isn’t as hard as it looks and articles like https://meetfabric.com/blog/how-to-write-a-last-will-and-testament will get you started on the right path.
3. Not Sleeping Enough
Waking up at 4 a.m. to begin your day is only a good idea if you got enough sleep by sleeping at the right time the day before. Sleep is as important to your health as your diet or your fitness routine, and you should treat it as such. Adults typically need as much as 7 hours of sleep every night for them to perform at their peak and you should make sure you get the right amount every day.