There’s an old saying, “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got it all.” This really rings true for me. How about you?
With COVID still dominating the news, physical health is high on everybody’s radar screen. We think about how to protect our health, how to protect the health of other people, and what to do if our health becomes compromised.
Advice is coming from every corner…doctors, scientists, policymakers, pundits, and pretty much anybody who cares to express an opinion.
Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and we’re wondering…how healthy are you?
This is a good day to look at your health and to make sure that you are doing everything you can to be and stay healthy. Not just physically, but in every dimension of life.
Physical wellness is the dimension that comes to mind first when we talk about health. Today, we want to encourage you to think about your health in four other areas:
Mental Health – Mental health is all about how your mind processes information and experiences. It encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. You are mentally healthy when your internal responses are consistent with your external circumstances.
Emotional Health – Where mental health is primarily about internal processes, emotional health is concerned with external processes and behaviors. You are emotionally healthy when you can
- feel, express, and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- form and maintain good relationships with others
- cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
Spiritual Health – Spirit is what cannot be defined as part of the body or as part of the mind. Body, mind, and spirit all have an effect on one another. Those with good spiritual health typically display hope, a positive outlook, forgiveness/self-acceptance, commitment, meaning and purpose, a sense of self-worth, clear values, and feelings of peace. Spiritual health also includes a sense of connection to something beyond ourselves, and between ourselves and others.
Financial Health – The state and stability of your personal finances and financial affairs is what defines your financial health. Typical signs of strong financial health include a steady flow of income, rare changes in expenses, strong returns on investments, and a cash balance that is growing.
The demands of running your own business or the responsibility for the care of others can often result in ignoring one or more of the dimensions of health. Because these dimensions are inter-related, ignoring one can have a negative impact on the others.
You probably are accustomed to having an annual exam to safeguard your physical health, but how often do you assess your health in the other dimensions? If you haven’t stopped to take stock of your health in any aspect, today is a good day to do that.
If you find that your health in any dimension could use a little improvement, make a plan to address those issues. And then, stick to it.
Don’t let business or busy-ness get in the way. You deserve the best in life. And you know the old saying.
When you’ve got your health (all of it, in every dimension), you’ve got it all.
Go forth and do great things,