It isn’t the same for everyone, we should mention this to start, different personalities suit living in different places and where is best for you may change as time goes by. City life, life in suburbia, life in smaller towns and life right out in the countryside each have their advantages. The extremes city life and living in the middle of nowhere have each the most advantages and disadvantages with the other options compromises between the two.
Urban life living in a city and working in a city is great for the young, those pursuing careers in there twenties and thirties. In a city there is always something to do and people to see and meet. If you’re looking for a partner you may have a bigger choice in a city and if you are single you can let your hair down and enjoy yourself. That isn’t to say though that there aren’t people living and working in cities who don’t get a good work life balance, many of the kind of office jobs in cities are though and involve long hours and hard work for career progression. The problems of life in a city are often bad work – life balance. At the same time there are direct disadvantages of living in a city and though the bustle, noise and constant activity makes a big city seem alive sometimes you want to get away from it. In suburbia and small towns you have some life going on so you should never feel too bored or lonely but you can find some space as well or easily get out into the country. A stroll in a hay meadow isn’t an option for people living in Manhattan. Countryside life is generally of a slower pace, of course people here still work hard but often have a better balance between their work and private lives, sometimes the problem is finding things to do with your time which is less of an issue if you are older and settled down perhaps with a family. Children as well thrive in the countryside or small towns where they are safer with space to be children.
If you live and work in the city you may go days without seeing any green spaces: especially if you travel by the subway from your home to work without even seeing a park. Making it to a park is a good start and may well be the most you can manage in your busy daily routine. What is being surrounded by bustle, noise, pollution and concrete doing to your well being though. The mind needs a chance to stop and relax, some people use yoga and meditation, even in meditation the idea is to remove yourself from your environment. Better still though or if meditation doesn’t work for you is to actually remove yourself from your environment. Getting out of the city and into the countryside can do your health wonders. Being in the countryside with no distractions, away from work away even from friends and partners you have as much time as you need to relax and think. Truly out in the wild you may not see other people for hours ad not need to talk to anyone.
The beauty of nature as well can do your soul good, perhaps humans who evolved in nature can’t live too long without it. Humans are social creatures but everyone needs solitude sometimes, women often are better at seeking it but men some research shows actually need it more.
Whether you have certain things on your mind and need some thinking space or just want the chance to relax and forget about things getting out of the city is a great idea, you could do nothing or combine it with hiking, cycling or other sport, the fresh air alone flowing into your lungs can blow away a few cobwebs, its not uncommon to forget how sweat air can taste if you are in a pollution filled city center for months at a time.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t depend on managing your weight through eating less and fitting in exercise on an irregular basis. A healthy lifestyle requires a healthy body and a healthy mind, often the two can be done in conjunction but either way you need to make sure you have time when free from the stresses and strains of work.
It may seem difficult to find time but remember that a healthy lifestyle may actually make it easier for you to concentrate at work and for your brain to be working as well as it can due to proper rest.
Exercise should be regular, every day if possible even if only twenty minutes or so. Exercising for a couple of hours each week won’t have the same effect and running a marathon once a year won’t make you that healthy.
Exercising can do a lot for you mentally as well as physically, endorphins that are released make you feel a lot more happy and positive and exercise is great for winding down from a hard days work. Exercise is also good for your immune system and a healthy heart and lungs will get more oxygen going round your body improving your brain power and how you feel. Exercise and enjoying yourself are both important but they can be the same thing, many people force themselves to the gym but dread it, try and fit in exercise you enjoy and can do with friends. Even if you can only get to a gym during the week try and fit in some activities with friends that are a little different and even adventurous. Variety is the spice of life so if you do have a few sports you mainly stick to try some others every now and again. Hiking is a great sport that many people can do but often don’t think of as a sport, it is great calorie burning and endurance building exercise though.