What comes first? Your health, job or relationship?
1 months ago, 9 Nov 07:46
Do you consider yourself a healthy person?
Most young people define good health as the lack of diseases, but according to health practitioners, the state of being healthy goes deeper than that - it is a state of not only physical, but also mental and social well-being.
With the myriad of issues that most youth are dealing with – pressure to perform well in school, unemployment, pressure to excel at work, unhealthy romantic relationships, just to name a few, who has the time to think about their health?
Five youth reveal exactly where health lies in their list of priorities.
Murugi Wambui, 27
Career: Construction Industry
Murugi started making deliberate choices about her health when she reached teenage, though the desire to make her health a priority became more focused when she reached adulthood.
“When I started using make-up about three years ago, I discovered that there were genuine and counterfeit brands, with the latter costing less. Rather than buy the cheap ones, I save, sometimes up to four months, to ensure that I get the right product. Even then, before making a purchase, I research on the ingredients used in a particular product to find out if they would have any negative effect on my skin. I have seen friends who have had breakouts after using some products,” she says.
Her health, she says, is her first priority, and she in fact regularly takes various tests every year to ensure that she is free of disease.
“Just a few weeks ago, I went for a Pap smear to test cervical cancer. I also know my Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and HIV status,” she says.
To keep her skin looking healthy, she takes lots of water and also exercises, though not as much as she would like.
“My greatest obstacle to leading an absolutely healthy life is junk food. I eat it often because it does not require lots of time to prepare and is easily available - I am trying to cut back on processed food by carrying packed lunch to work,” she says.
While her physical health is never far from her mind, Murugi says that she hasn’t always made the right choices when it comes to her emotional health.
“Four years ago, when I was 23, I got into a relationship that left me hurt and emotionally drained. It took me a long time to move on and eventually get back to my jovial self,” she says.
There was also a time when she was stressed at work, drained, she explains.
“I didn’t quite understand how the system worked and it quite stressful, thankfully, I was able to figure it out and now I am quite happy at work.”
One way she takes care of her emotional health is refraining from holding grudges or comparing herself to others. These, she says, can be a source of stress which could lead to depression.
To rejuvenate, she engages in relaxing activities such as nature trail walks or road trips at least once a month.
Sleep is also important to her, though she manages around ...
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