HOW TO BE LESS THAN PERFECT
Nadia, Dr Libby Weaver and psychologist Neil Micklewood share their thoughts on embracing imperfection and letting go of extreme health and happiness expectations
No one can really ‘do it all’, feel happy every day or be 100 percent healthy. Unfortunately an abundance of self-help books, health articles and green gurus on Instagram can lead us to believe that perpetual wellness and happiness is achievable.
The reality is far more complicated. A balanced life includes happy and sad times, periods of wellness interspersed with illness, and days when you just can’t be bothered. Unrealistic expectations around health and happiness can lead to feelings of inferiority, depression and, in extreme cases, orthorexia, a disordered form of eating centred around an obsession with healthy foods.
In their book The Wellness Syndrome, Carl Cederström and André Spicer, professors from Stockholm University and London’s City University, say wellness has become a moral demand in today’s world and is making people feel guilty and anxious.
“When wellness goes from being a general idea of feeling good to something that we ought to do in order to live truthfully and righteously, it takes on a new meaning. It becomes an impossible demand that reconfigures the way we live our lives. Obsessively tracking our wellness, while continuously finding new avenues of self-enhancement, leaves little room to live.”
To help in your pursuit of imperfection, we asked Nadia and a couple of NADIA friends how to take a balanced approach to life.