Making Healthy Choices
Making healthy choices in life isn’t always easy. From eating healthy to maintaining healthy relationships and staying healthy physically, just for starters, you have your plate full when it comes to making choices. Then there are the choices that are very tempting, but not very healthy. You need to have a clear head to make healthy choices, and that starts with being able to develop a positive self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
Healthy choices are usually obvious, but we don’t always want to see them. We all know that fruits, vegetables and water are better food choices for us than chips and soda, for example. But when you aren’t feeling good about yourself, such as having a poor body image, you may decide that it doesn’t matter what you choose.
Making Poor Choices
Then you go for the chips and soda over something healthier. It may taste good going down, because you went for so-called “comfort” food, like mashed potatoes with lots of butter, or macaroni and cheese. But afterwards, you often feel guilty, knowing you made a poor choice, which contributes to your poor body image. This becomes a vicious circle that consistently chips away at your self-respect and your whole self-esteem in general.
The same holds true for making healthy choices for your physical health. Perhaps you have diabetes. Your doctor has prescribed medicine and given you instructions on what to do in order to keep your blood sugar under control, such as avoiding sugar. But you can’t seem to get down that pastry aisle in the grocery store without picking up some cupcakes or cookies.
Killing bad habits
It’s a bad habit that you’ve had for years, but now that your health depends on it, and you know you have no business even being the pastry aisle in the first place, you still can’t stop yourself from making those poor food choices. Body image and food is a good place to start working on your self-esteem.
As you learn to turn away from the pastries and reach for something healthier, like an apple or some grapes, you will feel a little better about yourself each time, increasing both your self-esteem and your self-worth, along with your health.
Making Dangerous Choices
Consider something more dangerous, where it is crucial for you to make a healthy choice – taking prescription drugs. Your doctor may prescribe you opiates for pain or other drugs with a high potential for addiction. It is crucial that you make the right, or healthy, choice to follow your doctor’s orders and take the medicine exactly as prescribed. Many addicts are battling mental health issues, or suffering from poor self-esteem. If you are too, you also may become addicted to a drug, or end up with dangerous side effects from misuse.
Creating or maintaining a healthy relationship and setting healthy relationship boundaries is something that takes self-love and self-care, as well as a positive self-esteem. You can’t truly care about or love someone else unless you care for and love yourself first. If you don’t put forth an attitude that you care about yourself, others will find it hard to stay attached to you. You could also find yourself trapped in an abusive relationship, physically or abusive, because you don’t possess the self-worth to transcend such a situation.
The more healthy choices you can make, the better you will feel about yourself for having done so. Recognize when you make healthy decisions, especially the ones that replace prior, not-so-healthy choices, and give yourself the credit you deserve.