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What Is Health and What Does it Mean to You?

By Alexis Mills

When first thinking about what it means to be healthy, I think about being active and eating healthy. While that's a great start, what falls under health is so much more. True health is a balance of the mind, body and spirit. This means that when your doctor says you are healthy does not necessarily mean that you can end your health journey there and believe it's all good. That leads into asking yourself what health means to you. Is it defined by the healthcare system and what doctors tell you? Is it defined by how your body feels and listening to what your body is trying to tell you? Is it defined by having a life's purpose? Is it defined about having your life in balance with your mind and body and spirit? Hopefully, it is a mix of all of these questions and more. The unfortunate fact is that most people only commit to one or two things that contribute to their health and forget the rest.

Becoming 'Wholly Healthy'

According to Dr. Lissa Rankin's book Mind Over Medicine, "whole health" relies on many things:

  • How much you sleep
  • What you eat and feed your body
  • Health of your relationships
  • How much you exercise
  • Your sense of your life purpose
  • Your spirituality
  • Your sexuality
  • Your finances
  • Your mental health
  • Your emotional health
  • Your environment

Look over the above list and consider the areas you focus on in your life and what you need to put more focus on to achieve the "wholly healthy" life. Remember that every single person is different and there isn't a one-size-fits-all to being healthy individuals and that's a different story for each of us.

The way you can get your own health in order is to listen to your body, balance out your life where it needs it, and find out what healing your body needs. Listen to your body; what does it say no to and what it does it say yes to? Find out what kind of healing your body needs and what you can do. Determine what is out of balance in your life and what must become a bigger focus so that you can make the changes necessary to get more in tune with the true you and live a healthier and happier life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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