Being healthy with a little help from my friends

Kaleo Chang,
sophomore strategic and corporate communications and political science major

Guest column by Kaleo Chang,
sophomore strategic and corporate communications and political science major

Taking care of yourself is hard… like, really hard. Just the other night, I thought I could “adult” and cook myself a healthy dinner using fresh ingredients and, as many chefs would suggest, “a whole lot of love!” The meal ended with my cooked food and, just to spice things up, several burns and two cuts on my hand. I know, right – I’m thriving. After I finished cleaning up and pulling myself together, I realized it was 9 p.m. and I hadn’t even begun my homework. So, like the responsible individual my parents raised, I immediately opened Snapchat to let the world know of my grave cooking mistake. Before I knew it, it was 10:30 p.m. Great. For some odd reason, time moved quickly while I did my homework, as I read pages I had no clue about, wrote responses I had no interest in and, of course, cried stress tears. I finally made it to bed and just a few hours later, my alarm went off, signaling the beginning of a new day.

What a joy.

Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to live a balanced, healthy life? I get it, health is important and if you’re not healthy, well, I’ve heard that you die. Still, this “healthy lifestyle” is really hard. There are many aspects of health that we deal with on a daily basis: physical, mental, emotional, social, nutritional, academic, financial, to name a few.. How is it even feasible for us to address each of these health concerns every day? If I prioritize my nutritional and academic health, well, my mental health is going down the drain because I’m not sleeping that night. If I prioritize my social health, my emotional health is in a good state, but my academic or career health will definitely bother me the next day. And as a student trying to watch his spending … my financial health is slipping just a little. So what do I do?

What I’ve found to be successful is lying down and accepting defeat. Yet somehow, through each of my experiences with this, I’m never down and defeated for too long. These people around us, often referred to as friends, are there to pick us up, help us out, boost our health and ensure we’re good to go. We just need to realize that they’ll be there when we need them.

The night before cooking mess, I realized I had forgotten my milk in the refrigerator section of Ralphs. My friends immediately offered up their milk so that I could cook that night. However, another one of my friends decided we should get sushi instead, so we did. The next day, I attempted to cook, and you already know how that went, but the next morning, my friends offered me Band-Aids, Neosporin and emotional support.

We’re not single-handedly responsible for our own health, because we have so many people looking out for us. Our biggest downfall is that we hold ourselves to be strong and independent all the time when really, that’s impossible. But it’s not something to sweat about. We’re all surrounded by some pretty awesome people, so rest easily knowing we’re not caring for our health alone… and thank goodness for that.

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