Health plays a key role in our self-confidence. If I’m feeling even somewhat ill, it’s likely I won’t feel confident in myself. That’s obvious, sure, it’s just I think we typically only etiologically work on problems ranging from communication to physical health. We might accidentally overmedicate to sedate lingering health issues or eat poorly, causing us physical distress, causing us mental distress, causing us to lose our self-confidence. What can we do to fix that?
Let’s quit doing the easy fixes.
Let’s instead focus in on our specific issues. That means we need to be critical of ourselves and our choices to accept that we’re not perfect and that we make mistakes in everything from life to diet. That’s alright. It’s all part of self-confidence to separate our faults from our selves. We should do what we can to address what we can about what might be causing us minor or major issues in health and anywhere else really.
Water is a good starting example.
I drink one gallon of water per day because otherwise I start noticing subtle issues with my health. My symptoms include general sluggishness, lackluster rowing stats, and terrible, confidence-killing “mindbender” headaches. Water helps mitigate all but the worst of them, though I’m not sure there’s a direct correlation like there might be with stress, which makes it harder to want to drink water or eat healthy foods.
I noticed greasy food would cause me issues.
I’d feel off for a few hours, sluggish or not quite as mentally keen, after even eating a slice of pizza. Let alone five. I’ve also noticed that I’ll feel similarly weighed down if I continually eat overly-sugary food that could stain my shirt, yet if I eat dull or plain food, I feel even keel. Of course, there’s some discipline to avoiding or moderating consumption of these delicious treats, which can be confidence boosting, too.
Lack of sleep causes me problems worse than both.
While I’m better at being able to push through the fatigue, using the adrenaline I have, to do what I must in the time I have available, it’s not something I prefer to do. I’ll usually crash by the end of the work week or after a few days of limited sleep. That’s not healthy. Not getting enough sleep leads me to being more irritable than normal, unsure, and not as confident in my abilities or who I am as a person.
That leads me the major problem of these health issues.
It’s difficult drinking enough water, eating healthy food, or getting enough sleep. I’m still behind on my water intake after chugged six big gulps of water, I just ate some Final Fantasy-branded junk ramen then later a chocolate-y snack bar, and I haven’t got a full eight hours of sleep in over five days. These and others prove I’m not a shining example of a practitioner of good health. I just advocate for it.
Without our health, we can’t confidently stride through reality.
|Sources: My life’s experiences for the text. Collector graciously provided these photos.
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