Health is a result of different variables and it’s not just about healthy eating and exercise. Yes, these are just some of the things you should pay attention to in order to be healthy, but being healthy is much more than that.
Being healthy means different things to different people, everyone has their own definition of ‘healthy’ and there is nothing wrong with that. But I encourage you not to ignore all the things that contribute to your health – don’t focus only on things that you believe will bring you health. Keeping a blind eye won’t help you, you will be missing out!
I do understand that some people just don’t care and cannot be bothered. They just want their lives to be simple without thinking about every single thing which is totally fine. I am not against anybody’s approach to life.
But if your goal is to be healthier and you want to make conscious efforts to be a healthier version of yourself, then you should not ignore a holistic approach to health and all the variables that lead to the best health naturally and holistically. Here is what you should pay attention to:
Mind and body connection
I’ve previously written about mind-body connection in this article and this is something not to ignore when trying to be the healthiest version of yourself.
The connection between mind and body is not new. Our health is heavily affected by our emotions and thoughts so do try and be more mindful, paying attention to your thoughts and emotions. What’s going through your head? Is it positive or negative?
John Hagelin, Ph.D., a renowned quantum physicist, science and public policy expert, educator and author said:
Happier thoughts lead to essentially a happier biochemistry. A happier, healthier body. Negative thoughts and stress have been shown to seriously degrade the body and the functioning of the brain, because it’s our thoughts and emotions that are continuously reassembling, reorganizing, re-creating our body.
Natural and preventive approach to health
Modern medicine is focused on treating symptoms and has no interest in the cause of the disease. That’s how all these big pharmaceutical companies make loads of money, right! But taking lots of medicines and pills will never bring you health that you are after.
Yes, there is a place for medicines in people’s lives as they help people live longer and they are great for treating various illnesses and diseases. But don’t we rely on these too much?
I am not saying people should not take medicines when they need to, not at all but instead of relying on medication so much, why don’t we all assess our health right now and think about what we can do today to prevent modern-day diseases and illnesses so that we don’t have to rely on medicines so much when we are older.
The best is to do a complete health MOT to see where you stand now and then take any necessary action. Is your liver not working properly as you drink too much? Then do something about it, don’t let it get worse! You may need a holistic treatment to help you with this specific issue, but don’t just ignore it.
Or maybe your cholesterol is a little bit on a high side. Learn about the causes of high cholesterol and then make a plan on how you are going to bring it down.
Whatever the results of your health MOT show, just take a note and see what you need to change in your life in order to improve your health and prevent any diseases in the future.
When you are taking a holistic approach to health, stress is one of the most important factors to consider. Stress can create so many health issues for people and if you really want to be healthy you need to learn how to manage stress efficiently.
First of all, you need to discipline yourself to tune into your thoughts and emotions. How are you feeling? Is this affecting you negatively?
Pay attention to your breathing. When we are stressed our breathing becomes quick and shallow which can lead to panic and anxiety attacks.
Take deep, slow breaths to calm yourself down. Slow deep breaths slow our heart rate down and helps us relax, so “check in” with your breathing a few times a day and make it a routine to take a few slow deep breaths to help keep you at a level of calmness.
Reduce stress levels by taking regular breaks and dedicate some time only for yourself. Go for a walk, read a book or take a bath. Do something that relaxes you and your stress levels will definitely drop.
So these are the key areas you should focus on if you want to take a holistic approach to health and be the healthiest version of yourself. This is in addition to eating healthily and exercising regularly. I hope this helps you assess your current state of health and discover the things that you need to act on. So don’t delay, take an action today for a healthier you in the future!