I know this is a health and fitness blog, so you are probably wondering why I am talking about your passion and how it fits with health and fitness. If you clicked on this blog, you must at least be curious.
Before we get to that part, however, let’s first talk about what passion is.
What is a Passion
Everyone has a passion for something. The overwhelming feeling of enthusiasm or excitement you get when you do something you love. Take a minute and think about what you are passionate about. Consider how you feel when you do that something.
I’m sure you feel pretty great! That’s what passion does. It is the fire that fuels your soul. It gives you a sense of purpose and makes you feel like it is what you are meant to do.
It’s a great feeling and everyone deserves to feel that!
Unfortunately, there are far too many people that don’t follow their passion for one reason or another.
I can say from my own experience I do not feel like I am fully following my passion. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing these blogs. I hope that they help people in some way. That is a passion of mine. Unfortunately, it does not pay the bills and my actual job lacks the passion I am looking for. I mention this only so you can understand that I have personal experience in this, so if you are currently going through this you know you are not alone.
What Does Passion Have To Do With Health & Fitness
A huge part of your health and fitness that is often neglected is your mental health. When thinking about how your passion makes you feel, it is easy to see how following it can greatly improve your mental health.
Now we could talk about all those warm fuzzy feelings you get and the many benefits you would get from it, such as self-satisfaction, reduced depression and anxiety, and better overall health.
But I think the importance of this will sink in more if we discuss the consequences of not following your passion.
If you are currently following your passion, think of a time you have been stuck in a job you hate. Maybe you are stuck in that job right now. Obviously if you hate it, it is not a passion of yours.
Now there are many reason people stay in positions they hate, but it takes a significant toll on them. It can cause:
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Sleep
- Hindered Personal Life
- Lower Confidence
There has been a strong correlation between dissatisfaction and weight gain. When you are unsatisfied, such as in a job you hate, you tend to stress eat or have a lack of energy causing you to skip working out.
The depression, anxiety, and stress can lead to many different kinds of illness. These can include common illnesses, such as a lowered immune system. It can also cause more serious ones, like heart disease.
That stress and anxiety can also impact your sleep. Maybe you are dreading going back to work the next day and it is keeping you from sleeping thinking about it. I think we can all relate to a time that we really didn’t want to go back to work and deal with all those things that irritate us or make us unhappy.
This unhappiness can seep into your personal life. Many people bring their work home with them, so that dissatisfaction comes too. It can then negatively impact those around you, even if you don’t mean to.
If you are unfulfilled with what you are doing, it greatly affects your mood. You might feel like you aren’t being challenged, or like your work doesn’t matter especially if you are frustrated with your job. If you stay that way for long, it causes you to lose confidence.
From what we have talked about, you can easily see there are many negative effects to not following your passion. Maybe you are going through some of this right now. If you are, you are not alone.
There are many of people that aren’t going after what they truly want. However, it might be time that you really look at where you are and what you want.
Are you happy?
Would you be happier doing something else?
If so, maybe it is time to make a change. Even taking small steps to get you in a position to follow your passion can make a huge positive impact on your life.