Lets start things off be defining the word ‘redundancy‘. Here is what the dictionary has to say:
1. the state of being redundant
Interesting that this is the first thing that comes up. Let’s see what else our great knowledge has to say:
2. superfluous repetition or overlapping
Ok, that seems better. It explains a little more.
So why am I talking about redundancy and being redundant? Recently, I have realized that we are being told the same thing over and over and over again. This comes in different forms, but the message behind it is very similar each time. This is especially true when it comes to our health. The mainstream media and professionals all over the world, as well as our general knowledge, are telling us that we need to be making changes in the way we are living our lives. How many different ways can people tell us what we should be doing? How many creative ways can we pass on basically the same information? There are problems when we hear the same thing over and over again. The main one is that we begin to ignore the message and just end up sticking with our current habits.
We all know that the outdoors are good for our health and keeping active has a lot of positive benefits including helping with mental clarity. Those three articles basically are saying the same thing, just in a different way and using different studies. The outdoors and keeping active is good for us and society as a whole. I have said this all before, so I am not going to go into too much depth. What I am going to say is that we all know changes are needed, and a constant reminder can have a negative effect on making those changes happen. We tune out when we feel as if we are being nagged. What can we do to make sure that positive changes do happen? I don’t have an answer that will work for everyone. Creativity is what is needed. That, along with a flexibility that can be adjusted for different people with different personalities and overall needs.
Instead of trying to drive the point of health home by a constant reminder and guilt-tripping, I think we need to put things through a different lens. We need to try looking at things differently. I say, let’s experiment, what is the worst that could happen?