Don’t Get Obsessed With Your Own Wellness

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Health is great, but there’s more to life.

Good health does not need to be an especially complicated affair. Try to eat a balanced diet, get some exercise every few days, and don’t do anything that would qualify you for a Darwin Award. But for some folks, whether healthy habits are more difficult due to their life situation or they’re just chasing fads, the sensible stuff isn’t enough. It is these people who fall down the rabbit hole of wellness obsession, usually wasting a lot of money in the process.

Let’s just put this on the table where we can all see it: the majority of wellness fads are complete bunko. Essential oils won’t magically cure your skin conditions, eating nothing but seaweed won’t make you fit, and I don’t think I need to explain why stinging yourself with bees is a dumb idea. Any random activity can be made to sound healthy if you dress it up with fake statistics and half-truths. Did you know 100% of people who sniff a skunk’s butt have skin? It’s true! Technically!

Some things, like drinking more smoothies or monitoring your dairy intake are most definitely good ideas, and you should do them if you have the means to. But when fads peddle these things as the only measures you have to take to ensure your good health, you’re setting yourself up not just for disappointment, but bad health. More fruit-filled smoothies is good. Consuming nothing but fruit-filled smoothies is bad. You can’t circumvent your body’s natural processes by flooding it with one healthy thing. Too much of a good thing and all that.

But even putting the major concerns aside, it’s kind of just a lousy way to live. The people who have to be careful about what they eat and do like those with gluten intolerance or diabetes don’t do it because they like it, they do it because they don’t have a choice. If you have a choice, then live your life to its fullest capacity. Don’t rub snake oil all over yourself just because some schnook on Instagram told you to.