In the society we live in, we are constantly encouraged to be in a state of good health. This is especially with the rapid increase of various problems and diseases such as Obesity, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Diabetes.
We are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle, following a particular routine of participating in specific activities that will boost our well-being and avoiding certain habits that would be detrimental to our well being.
However, a big question arises…
What does it really mean to be “Healthy?”
Does it mean that I have to completely cut out Junk Food and sugary snacks? Maybe go for a 30-minute run every morning? Or maybe even go for a full-out, 100% Organic Diet?
Implementing a bit of these in your daily life may help you increase your state of health. However, the true scope of being healthy expands much broader than your specific diets and exercise.
According to the Constitution of the World Health Organisation which was adopted in 1946, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease on infirmity.” (1)
The World Health Organisation here manages to define health in a good, concise way. However, the meaning remains general and open to further discussion.
People may even have their own subjective definitions of health. For example, someone may have been in a very serious car accident and as a result lose the ability to use their arms for the rest of their life.
This injury could very well be seen by many people as a reason to declare this person in a state of bad health for the rest of their life.
However, the one who was involved in the major accident chooses not to agree with this opinion. They have this strong inner belief which motivates them to do whatever they are capable of.
This person with the inability to use their arms still puts in their full effort into whatever activity they can do such as the many Paralympic Sports.
Also, being unable to use their arms does not stop them from being wary of what they eat and creating a healthy-eating plan.
Here is a common way of defining the principles of Health:
1) Physical Health
This is to do with all aspects of your body and their well being. This includes lack of infectious diseases, blood pressure, strength of the immune system and anything else that is part of your tangible body.
There are many ways you can take care of your Physical Health which will be discussed in more detail in future blogs but as a summary they include:
- Exercising Regularly
- Hygiene Care
- Diet Care
- Taking Medication/Supplements when necessary
- Visiting the Doctor when necessary
2) Mental Health
These are aspects to do with the well-being of your mind, emotions and thinking. This includes your emotional stability, ability to deal with stress/anxiety, happiness/sadness, etc.
There are many ways you can take care of your Mental Health which will be discussed in more detail in future blogs but as a summary they include:
- Seeking Clinical/Therapy Help
- Speaking to Friends and Family
- Diet Care
- Regular Exercise
- Taking care of Sleep
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