The Importance of Occasional Indulgence and Letting-Loose


The reason why there’s an urge to develop and honour traditions such as Junk-Food Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, low- or peak-tourist seasons, festivals, drunken Fridays, etc, is that it’s an important part of our physical and mental health requirements to engage in the occasional indulgence and let loose a bit.

It applies to all areas of our lives, how the straight and narrow road that is represented by the sky, has its access limited by a glass ceiling. In the same way that a top sportsperson doesn’t assume that top position by always blowing the competition away with a flawless, graceful performance, all lifestyle elements aren’t meant to be perfect. If you want great health, for instance, you won’t attain it by only eating food that tastes like cardboard, sleeping eight hours a day, every single day of your life, and hitting the gym at which you diligently complete every single rep of every single set of the ideal training programme for your body-type!

In our pursuit of the best versions of our lives for the best version of ourselves, perfection is never part of the journey and perfection certainly isn’t the ultimate destination.

So it’s folly to chase perfection, except in some very isolated and specific cases.

There’s a famous case study that’s often cited about how infants whose baby bottles were over-sterilised were essentially put at a disadvantage, because their immune systems don’t have any effective reference point to work with in developing a biological defence mechanism. They need a bit of those germs against which their immunity would need to develop and the gist of that is basically why it’s important to occasionally indulge and let loose.

Have a glass of wine, now and then, if you’re keen, or a beer if that’s more in-line with your preference. Let loose on Friday, having pre-arranged for a taxi to pick you up and drop you home, if that’s your idea of a good time and as a change from the rigidity that comes with your daily grind at the office, gym, etc.

Enjoy some CBD gummies as perhaps a much more effective way of catering to what would otherwise be two of your guilty-pleasure cravings.

Listen to some mindless music once in a while, as a nice mental change from listening to engaging podcasts or challenging audio-book content matter…

Go away for a beach holiday and teach yourself to momentarily okay with lying around all day and slowing down to let the world catch-up to you…

Your body and mind react to all manner of stimuli to develop, but those which are more of an indulgent nature aren’t necessarily bad. They are requisite, but the key to striking up the implied balance is always moderation. Don’t overdo anything, no matter if it’s classified as a good, healthy stimulus, or definitely not if it’s more of an indulgent or outright bad one.

While it’s good for your mind and body to enjoy a night out on the occasional Friday, for instance, you wouldn’t be doing yourself any favours partying up a storm every other night!

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