There is a fascinating intersection between the ideas of health and comfort. Sometimes healthy things are comfortable. Sometimes comfortable things cause you to be unhealthy. That’s why it’s so important to understand those distinctions and make a focused attempt to reconcile positive health with absolute comfort in a concrete and definite manner.
Think of a few instances where health and comfort come together in decisions that you make every day. What are your ergonomics like at home or in your office? Have you chosen the right temperature for sleeping? Do you know what your comfort foods are, and if so, are they healthy or unhealthy for you? Thinking over these kinds of ideas will help you make better decisions about your behaviors as associated with what you assume to be comfortable conditions.
Ergonomics at Home or the Office
Most people work with the computer for at least some portion of their days. Maybe you work on a desktop or laptop at home. Perhaps your job is in an office environment. In either case, it’s crucial that you understand the role of ergonomics in making you comfortable and ensuring that you don’t give yourself some sort of a repetitive-use injury over the years. There are very few things as irritating as carpal tunnel, and once you start feeling that burning your wrists, it may be too late to prevent further injury. It is much better to handle ergonomics sooner than later to maintain the ability to work comfortably with keyboards, mice, and screens.
The Right Temperature for Sleeping
Most people feel like they aren’t getting enough sleep. They are tired and irritable when they wake up, and that sticks with them for the rest of the day. Part of the problem may be that they are not comfortable sleeping because it’s the wrong temperature. It may take some experimentation, but finding the right sleeping temperature and then the correct number of blankets and sheets to use can be one of the more important decisions you make regarding comfort and health. Let go of what you assume to be the truth, and instead get new data about what would work better factually.
Recognizing Comfort Foods
Do you know what your comfort foods are? A lot of people will answer that they like greasy food, sweet food, or highly caffeinated drinks. Unfortunately, the thing about comfort food is that it doesn’t really make you feel better, and in most cases, will actually make you feel worse. If you have comfort foods that are vegetables, that is going to be an amazing habit for you to stick with. However, in a vast majority of cases, comfort food is going to be something like pizza or ice cream, and that is why you have to give yourself a pep talk in advance about what these kinds of desires me when you aren’t feeling good.