Something I have to realize over the past 2 years of working in industry is that workplace environment is something that is very important to me. The workplace environment at NVIDIA sucks. I have the best manager, an awesome team, and the projects I’m working on fairly cool. Yet despite these, I still have that dread of walking into the office everyday giving myself up to the depressiveness of cubicles, few windows, too much AC, etc. etc.
The one thing I think that I’ve learned about health in the past year is how related health and happiness are. Without one, it’s very hard to have the other. See, health to me is not simply the absence of disease. Under this logic, many people would say “oh yeah I’m perfectly healthy” because they are disease free. But health to me is the mind/body working to it’s fully intended function. If you’re fat, no you’re not healthy. If you’re depressed, you’re not healthy. If you’re overstressed or lacking sleepy, you’re not healthy.
I came upon this realization when I ate well, got sleep, sun, exercise, socializing and at random points of the day I would just be in this ridiculous state of joy/happiness. It was just an “omg i love life and the feeling of being alive!”. No drugs/alcohol necessary. The only difference is this is totally natural and sustainable. It is this sort of feeling which is my drug which I want to share with others.
For me, there are a couple of things I found which are essential to me for my health. They are:
- Healthy Food
- Stress management
And other things of less importance:
- Improving at something
- Exploring new things/people