Have you ever known anyone to say he/she feels healthy and has no symptoms so therefore must be healthy, but then a few days later dies from a heart attack?
Obviously, the person was not healthy as there was a health problem that caused the heart attack. So how do we know if we are healthy?
Start this, stop that, eat what?
Each of us are on a road to either sickness (which leads to death) or wellness (which leads to good health). We constantly read about things that we should or should not be doing in order to maintain good health. And every decision we make affects our health. But making lifestyle changes is not easy and it takes time, patience, dedication, and motivation to stay on track. It is difficult to know if we are doing enough to increase the years we have left on this precious earth.
But there are key factors that will help us know if we are at least moving in the right direction.
In order to have excellent health, we need to first examine what we are putting into our body and how we are treating our body, physically and mentally. Namely, the foods we eat and the exercise we get. But we must also acknowledge the good stresses in our life from the bad. There is such a thing as positive stress and it comes from regular exercise, solving problems, and working towards goals. And negative stresses come from sleep deprivation, bodily injuries, drinking alcohol excessively, worrying about finances, difficulties with career, and arguing with spouse. Stress has a huge impact on our overall health and is a big factor in whether we will be going in the direction of wellness or sickness.
It is detrimentally important that the good stresses outweigh the bad. Some strategies to help accomplish that include,
1. getting lots of ZZZ’s
2. smiling often
3. drinking wisely
4. maintaining a good attitude
Which direction are you going?