You can eat as healthy as you like and follow a strict training program but if you dont have mental health or a social balance it can be hard to feel truly happy or healthy. Health and what is healthy for a person is very individual and it varies, but you have to remember that health isnt just eating a salad and going for a walk but its also about your happiness, how content you feel with life (and no, life isnt always easy so you have tough times and times you feel sad, but if you feel content and happy and feel like life is managable the majority of the time it will make you feel so much better and balanced.) Health is about feeling like you can achieve your goals, feeling like you have some form of control and balance with your life and feel an inner peace as well and that you can cope with lifes stressors.
During 2016 i learnt just how important it is with a balanced and healthy social life. To not spend too much time alone or to isolate myself, but to actually join social events and push past that comfort zone that makes me isolate myself. But also to realise that you can go out dancing and have a great time minus the alcohol - or atleast stick to a glass of wine. Healthy doesnt have to be super strict, and sometimes breaking free from routines is the best thing you can do for your health. I originally didnt think i would join my friends to go out, but then at 6pm i just felt like "nope, i want to. Or i can atleast join in the beginning and see what i do later". But its always so fun once we get together as a group and just have a good time and it was fun to go out dancing ... or that was until people at the club began to get too drunk and began to push and shove... then we felt it was time to leave and get something to eat. They ate at burger king but i was uncertain about what was vegan or not vegan so i stuck to a drink before i then went to the store to buy a vegan wrap (thank gosh for those!!!) which i could eat when i got home..... yup, a 3am night snack, hahah.
What did i want to say with this post... well, that health is about so much more than what you eat or workout. But about other aspects in your life. NO YOU DONT need to go out or go out dancing, NO YOU DONT need to drink (and i highly recommend you dont!!!), and no you dont need to have a large group of friends or always be social... but sometimes you need to just force yourself to join social events to try to find a balance and to meet people, otherwise it is so easy to just spend too much time on your own. But most of all, to not be scared of change of routine. Finding the perfect balance of different aspects in your life is key... everyones life is different and thats ok as well, so dont compare your life to others. But just dont let fear hold you back.
In the past i could feel jealous over other peoples lives because i let fear hold me back all the time, i didnt dare do certain things such as go out dancing because of fear and then i was jealous of everyone else who did that.
Find your health, find your balance and be honest with yourself about whether you are happy with your life and your decisions or whether you are letting fear hold you back!