Health is a State of Balance: Mind, Body, Spirit

During a crisis is often when you come face to face with the bare essentials of life. When my son, Jy, suffered from encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, he almost tasted death between his coma and quadriplegic state. During his hospitalization, I learned how thin the veil is between life and death. At any given moment, a person can be diagnosed with a significant health disorder, get in a car accident, or have everything taken from him/her in a major natural disaster like when Hurricane Maria devasted Puerto Rico. There are many bare essentials of life to consider such as food, water, clothing, shelter, safety, happiness, and health. This post will focus on health in honor of World Health Day, April 7, 2018.

Health: A State of Balance

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Additionally, health is a balance amongst mind, body, and spirit. If you try to juggle three oranges, but you focus on only one orange the whole time, you will drop the other two. Sometimes in life, we all do that. We may focus our lives on our physical appearance (body) or only on school (mind), but our brains can feel overloaded because we never took the time to relax, smell nature, and regroup. It’s important to nurture the mind, body, and spirit to achieve optimal health.

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Tips to Help Balance the Mind, Body, & Soul

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Mind

  • Be open to learning: The power of our brains is endless. We can always learn more.
  • Take mental breaks: Taking mental breaks can reduce stress and help with productivity.
  • Read often: You can escape to a new world in fiction or gain new insight in nonfiction.

 

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Body

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  • Stay physically active: Physical activity causes your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the brain.
  • Eat well: Eating well will decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
  • Listen to your body: My step-father passed away from a stroke in December 2017. Before he had a stroke, he felt dizzy on several occasions and even fell a couple of times. He had undiagnosed high blood pressure and high glucose. He didn’t listen to his body and refused to seek medical care. Our bodies normally give us warning signs if something is wrong. Listen to your body before it shuts down.

Soul

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  • If you are religious, you can go to church to help uplift your soul. Additionally, having the support group from church can help you get through tough times.
  • You don’t have to be religious to feed your “soul”. Feeding your soul is being intuned with the inner you. Don’t let the outside world always control you. For example, react immediately to a phone call, text, email, etc. Take even five to ten minutes out a day for silence. During this time, focus on your breathing, and with each exhale, imagine you are releasing all of your stress. If you want to take it a step further, truly meditate. Here are some techniques. There are even guided meditation videos or apps.
  • Nature: Being in nature has been known to improve short-term memory, restore mental energy, decrease stress, improve concentration, enhance creativity, improve mental health, and more. Blogger Ben writes about nature. It’s very interesting. Check his website out if you get an opportunity.

Health Summary

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” Thomas Carlyle

How much can you get done when you are sick? Hardly anything. Without health we have nothing. It feels impossible to care for our loved ones, enjoy their presence, and plan for the future. Our focus becomes our illness. Prevention is key. The preservation of health is easier than the cure of the disease.

Please take care of yourself. Don’t wait until a crisis to take care of your health. Take the necessary steps to balance your mind, body, and soul. It’s worth it because you are worth it.

This blog is part of our monthly Collaboration with a Purpose. Please take a moment to read the other posts on health from bloggers all around the world in honor of World Health Day.

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Cover Photo created by the talented Nicolle.

Collaboration with a Purpose Bloggers

Sadaf Siddiqi: Health is Wealth
Tajwar Fatma: World Health Day

33 thoughts on “Health is a State of Balance: Mind, Body, Spirit

  1. Great post especially liked the part where you said, if you try to juggle three oranges, but you focus on only one orange the whole time, you will drop the other two. Sometimes in life, we all do that, absolutely true. I so wish to take Jy’s autograph and a photograph with him. Best wishes to Jy.

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    1. I’m with Sadaf all the way. The three oranges and juggling was a visceral image for me.

      And I agree that just not being sick is not good enough. We have to cultivate good health in all three ways: Mind, Body, and Spirit.

      Loved this post, Ipuna.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! You could not be more right that life is a juggle! I think many people are juggling so many different things in life, but focus so much on one thing while dropping everything else. It is definitely not easy to focus on all we juggle, but it is important to try! You my dear are such an inspiration and you have a strength I only wish I had a little of!! You are absolutely amazing and I love reading all of your posts!!!

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    1. You have no idea your strength! I feel it through your words. Thank you very much for your kind words.
      My husband is a dentist, and it’s crazy how people will take care of their teeth last. I know life gets busy, but we often go go go and forget about our health which is practically the most important thing to us!!! Have a wonderful weekend, Alyssa!

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      1. I appreciate your kind and encouraging words! I am so happy to hear that you can feel the strength I have by reading the words that I write. I have always been incredibly terrified of the dentist, but I actually like and appreciate the one I have now. He is a very large man that is pretty soft at the same time! He understands that the damage I have with my teeth are not my fault, but it has been due to the numerous medications I have had to take which makes me feel comfortable. Taking care of our health is extremely important, even if we have to fight for our rights!! I hope you have had a great weekend as well!

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  3. I think it’s very important to have a mind, spirit, body approach to wellness and care. I think balance is the ultimate key, but not always easy to achieve especially if we struggle with mental health or other related issues. I suppose that’s where implementing mental breaks might help alleviate some of the stress.

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  4. It’s been a while I’ve payed a visit to your blog, sorry about that! I’ve missed a lot of learning opportunities but I didn’t miss it this time. Especially the juggling oranges!
    I do the meditation exercise occasionally.
    The cherry on the cake, Health is worth it because we are worth it!

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    1. Hi, Jothish! We’ve been busy!!! I get it! I love you back with the collaboration. You bring so much depth in your words. Keep studying! Good luck with school. I think you are almost done!

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  5. I like how you used three oranges as symbolism. Yes, I agree if we give too much focus on one thing, we will drop other equally important things. It’s about balance.

    One good but alarming point in your entry was about your step-father. Sorry to hear about his loss. Made me thought about me sometimes, I am in denial. We are feeling something but we are ignoring it. Maybe because we are afraid to find out the results. But yes, I agree we should listen to our body, it sends a lot of signals we are just ignoring most of the times because we are too stubborn.

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  6. I strongly agree to the balance of mind, body, and spirit to achieve good health. It is not just one thing. While you stressed the body’s needs to eat well and get into an active lifestyle, I also like how to mentioned points on having mental breaks, because we really need it once in a while. Having mental breaks boosts productivity and creativity, and inspires to do more.

    Because we are too preoccupied by work and the things that make us busy, we usually set aside that our health needs attention to.

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  7. Love the three oranges symbolism, Sunshine. We’ve got to balance our focus to be able to have good success.
    Very informative post. What I can mostly relate to is the point about your stepfather (sorry to hear about that). Mostly because it just happened to me.

    6th March, I noticed a steady increase in my body temperature and occasional bouts of dizziness and a day lon headache, But I paid little attention to it.

    7th March, I was bed-ridden.

    Our body DOES send signals. Love this!

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  8. I am happy to see I already do a lot of the tips you give in this post 🙂 Health IS our greatest fortune. If we have it, we don’t see it. If we lose it, it’s all we want back. Stay healthy, Ipuna!

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