"What is health?" Attending a 4-year naturopathic medical school, believe me I heard that question at least once every one of those years.
what were the most insightful answers I heard? In fact, the classroom
answers were nowhere near more exciting than seeing individual patients
uniquely learn "What Health Is" for them during training and onward into
I would say most people start off by feeling that if
they only ate better, exercised more, had a more regular sleep schedule,
and consistently took vitamins, their health would improve. There are
also measures such as normal blood pressure, healthy lab values, etc.
that people would like to see regarding their health.
Is that all it takes, though? What if you do all these things and you still don't feel the type of health that you want?
If you dig a little deeper,
you notice that there are other simple measures of health that are no
less important to pay attention to. Is someone tackling the challenges
in front of them, and if not what are the obstacles between what they
want and how they can get there? What are the attitudes and beliefs that
are hindering that person from going for it?
Sometimes a fear is
trailing an individual and tainting how they feel about many areas of
life and health. The fear may try on larger sizes the longer it
manifests. Fears can be learning opportunities, and they can also be a
major drag when neglected.
Many people live with expectations
placed on them daily that are not their own. How they should live, what
they should do, how they should prioritize, what they should value. This
is a very common human experience that affects health even more than
how many Skittles you eat in one sitting or whether you stay up one hour
What else? Well, the list goes on, but for each of us
it is a unique experience to notice which challenges we face and in what
ways they are either boosting our health or draining it. They key is to
recognize that it's okay to ask yourself the question, "What is health?"
and to listen to what your answer is alongside what your healthcare
providers, blood pressure readings, and vitamin bottles are saying.
In fact, if you answer that question for yourself first
you may find that the things you try toward your health work better.
Where once you ate well and exercised and saw no improvement in weight,
you may find that now weight is willing to come off naturally. Maybe
once stress seemed impossible to manage, but now that you ask yourself
the important question you're better able to frame how you approach
So, as often happens, I'm going to end this blog post with a question. What is health....for you?