Lifestyle Patterns

Excerpt from my book draft

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.                    Charles Darwin

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.                                                        Deepak Chopra

Lifestyle is the choices we make as adults but very often they have roots from our childhood patterns or routines. An example is if you enjoyed sports as a child you will probably incorporate some sports in your life. The foods we had as children are likely taste we developed and enjoyed as familiar foods. Our parents, friends and education influenced many other choices that have probably become patterns. That could include our use of resources, relationships, spirituality, sexuality and so forth. 

Our personal beliefs about our self and others will also have an effect on our lifestyle. This will include our motivations, desires and personality. The neuroplasticity and neurogenesis of the brain gives all humanity the opportunity to change to a better version of themselves if the intentions are there. 

A person lifestyle patterns will support their choices or conversely erode and stop the choices all together.

Poor food choices will affect the motivations and desires of the brain and the body. When the body and brain have a lack of exercise this too will impede the choices. According to the World Health Organisation it says

56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years. Ischemia or ischaemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive). Ischemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels, with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue. Treatment for myocardial ischemia involves improving blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment may include medications, a procedure to open blocked arteries (angioplasty) or bypass surgery. Healthy lifestyle choices treating and preventing myocardial ischemia are vital.

The difficulty in attaining a healthy lifestyle is not easy for many reasons from Physiological, Psychological ,Educational, Spiritual, Emotional and so forth. Added to this dilemma is a life pattern has become in grained for decades and sometimes through several generations. The body is an amazing feat of engineering and the brain is a supercomputer organization the body. But the mind is the secret weapon that can fight for your dreams or fight against you to your untimely death. 

In this chapter I will explore simple lifestyle patterns to identify some of the foundations and the structures of different choices.

More info to come…

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About Stephen Hyne

I am creative and curious about life. I have a passion for the brain and the psychology of human behaviour. I love the renaissance art, culture and architecture. Music is my best friend follows me on my life journey of discovery.

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