Watch Your Sanity, Not The Scale

Watch Your Sanity, Not The Scale

What You Weigh Is Inconsequential; It's What's On The Inside That Matters


March is also known as National Nutrition Month. Despite each month having a "spotlight" topic, why wait until May to focus on mental health awareness?

When we hear nutrition, we often think about the foods we have to give up to reach a certain weight. That's not a productive way to get in shape; if anything, it makes you less willing! Merriam-Webster defines nutrition as "the act or process of nourishing or being nourished" and I would like to imagine this extends to mental health, not just eating better and working out. Sure, when we work out, we release positive endorphins and feel encouraged to go back for results, but how often have you heard of a human not interested in instant gratification?

I try going to the gym a few times a week, but with my workload and job hours it is hard to balance a trip to the gym with my social life (especially if my plans include getting food!). I often indulge myself in burrito bowls, ice cream, stir fry, and the pasta bar...not to mention Door Dash. So when I hear about National Nutrition Month, I immediately think, "Oh, great, I should probably watch what I'm eating. I need to lose weight."

In reality, though, shouldn't we find peace with ourselves first? When we start to quantify our self worth through a scale number, we degrade our own perceptions of ourselves with hopes of reaching a number that is often unreachable. Body Mass Index rates your body in terms of your age, height, and weight and provides a range signifying being underweight, healthy, or obese. But BMIs mixed with media pressure to look like Kim and Kylie don't always result in a person losing weight. The person just plain feels bad about themselves.

Nutrition should be about fueling our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients they need and finding balance between guilty pleasures and healthy alternatives. Going to the gym should be inspired by improving metabolism, strength, endurance, and--most importantly--self love. Mental health is a 365-day obstacle, and when I say obstacle, I mean that the hurdles a lot of teens and young adults run into spawn from negative self-esteem and self-judgment. In fact, eating healthily and going to the gym might even make you feel better than, say, getting Campco or McDonald's every night.

But don't think you are any less of a person based on how often or what you eat! The media hammers into our minds that even being "average" isn't enough, but some advertisements nowadays are working on inclusion and minimizing Photoshop: take Aerie, Savage Fenty, and Adore Me, for example. It's all a matter of perspective. Nutrition shouldn't have a negative connotation, but neither should ANY body type.

Remember: You should NEVER feel pressured to lose weight or "get fit" because your partner, friend, family, or ANYONE insinuates you have to! Self-love need never be quantified unless it's abundant. Finding peace in who you are as a person is far more attractive than being a size 2. While healthy eating has positive attributes, focus more on loving yourself with all the little details you have going on. With peace comes prosperity.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Being Ugly

What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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