Maintaining, or striving for good health should be enough to make anyone stop smoking, abusing drugs, inflicting self-pain, eating fake foods, eating foods that promote poor health, etc. Basically anything that decreases one’s health. This can be a simple perspective; if you have poor health you will live a life that is compromised due to your health complications. The examples listed are all control points that anyone can address in order to improve or negatively impact their health. These are choices that can literally change an individual’s life.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Poor health is usually a side effect of an imbalanced lifestyle. An individual may choose convenient food due to a busy lifestyle, or a stress release, rather than addressing fears, emotions, and/or consequences head on. This commonly leads to poor health. Sometimes the side-effects present themselves quickly, but sometimes it can take decades. Very rarely do people lean towards poor health when their life is in a good balance.
It is clear that if one area of health is off, the next pillar is subject to timber as a result. For example, poor mental health can lead to a desire to escape through drugs or even food. This ultimately puts pressure on physical health. What I'm getting at is good health is a balancing act that needs to be addressed from different perspectives. For someone to be truly healthy there needs to be just the right balance. If there is not a good balance, then addressing the area of health that is throwing off the balance is a great start. If not addressed, the poor health will eventually return until all areas of health are in the correct balance.
To make a long-lasting change, I encourage you to address your health from a physical, mental and social perspective in a way that supports the healthful changes you wish to make. This way you will be addressing all areas that may require change so that old habits don't return as a side effect. Too often people only address one area of health, which leads to short term benefits. This is great, but this effort often fizzles out because old habits return. My belief is that these old habits return because only one area of health was addressed, so change only occurred in that one area of that individual’s life. This means there was constant pressure coming from other areas of that person’s life, challenging the changes they had made, not supporting those changes.