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.
Tips to Help Balance the Mind, Body, & Soul
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
“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.