One of the first things I need to do on my journey to better my health is to define the meaning of Health. Look at each part of the definition, and see if I already fit in to it, or decide what I need to do to get to it.
Most people define Health as the absence of disease. If you aren’t sick, you are healthy.
However, according to the World Health Organization:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The American Holistic Health Association describes 4 aspects of one self and each aspect must work in harmony for the whole to be healthy.
- The physical you requires good nutrition, appropriate weight, beneficial exercise and adequate rest.
- The emotional you needs to give and receive forgiveness, love and compassion; needs to laugh and experience happiness; needs joyful relationships with yourself and others.
- The mental you needs self-supportive attitudes, positive thoughts and viewpoints and a positive self-image.
- The spiritual you requires inner calmness, openness to your creativity, and trust in your inner knowing.
We are responsible for our own health! So many of us have grown up believing that our health is in direct correlation with the health care we receive. However, we are the only one who can make the lifestyle decisions that create well-being (or health).
The American Holistic Health Association has developed a quiz to help you determine your current degree of wellness. (Let’s see how I do?)
- Do you wake up with enthusiasm for the day ahead? (very often not. I often wake up and think, what’s the point. I can’t do anything….but I try, every day, I try.)
- Do you have the high energy you need to do what you want? (very rarely)
- Do you laugh easily and often, especially at yourself? (yes, most of the time I find it easy to laugh at myself and other silly things in my life. This is why I watch cartoons.)
- Do you confidently find solutions for the challenges in your life? (I’m trying very hard to do this. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, but I’m trying.)
- Do you feel valued and appreciated? (I feel loved. Valued and Appreciated? I don’t know. I think my husband feels these things for me, I just often don’t see why.)
- Do you appreciate others and let them know it? (I do try my best to let others know how much I appreciate them and care for them.)
- Do you have a circle of warm, caring friends? (I think so, but lately I’ve been feeling like that circle is getting smaller.)
- Do the choices you make every day get you what you want? (I don’t know. Sometimes I think they do, other days, no I don’t think so. So I’d have to say, the choices I make on some days get me closer to what I want.)
“If you answered “no” to any of these questions, congratulations! You have identified areas in your life that you may want to change. This can be valuable information.”
So I have some work to do. Of course, that’s why I’m here.
I enjoyed reading and getting much of this information from AHHA web site. I’m sure I will refer to it many times in the future.
2 thoughts on “The Meaning of Health.”
Very interesting questions in the Wellnes Quiz. You really have to think about what health is when you´ve got something like Menières. I think I feel quite healthy today. My hearing is poor, my balance could be better and my head sometimes feels like it belongs to someone else. But in spite of this I feel healthy all the time I´m able to stand up and move. Lying in bed and spinning in the roundabout is when I´m not feeling healthy. I try to do things that makes me feel good and”normal”. Small things like cooking for my family, making a cake, a walk with the dog. Trying to focus on what I CAN do and not minding about what I CAN´T. At least I try to do this!
@Susanna, I’ve been hearing something similar to this from many different people lately. Focus on what you CAN do. Sometimes, it’s so hard when all you can do is lay on the couch or in bed for days on end. Often, I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself. I try to make the most out of the days I am able to do more. I think that makes a world of difference. Sometimes, I think, if I only had Meniere’s to deal with it would be easier. However, having a bad hip, Celiac Disease, and lately this GI trouble….well it’s a little over-whelming.
However, I am trying my best to focus on the things I can do, and things I really enjoy doing.