Saturday, September 21, 2013

Health Assessment

People often associate good health with an absence of illness. While this might seem to make sense, it doesn't indicate a true understanding of what complete, good health is. The lack of an apparent illness doesn't necessarily reflect how well our internal organs are functioning, our emotional and mental state, the health of our self-esteem, or the well-being of our relationships. For us to accurately assess our personal fortitude and work to improve it, we have to change our perspective.

The problem with shifting our viewpoint is that we might have to admit that our relationships are not as strong as we believed them to be, our character is not as unyielding as we have convinced ourselves, and our personal holistic health is subpar. Ignoring this truth leaves us uttering the cliche (and in this instance false) platitude that "Everything is fine." The truth is that the problems (disease if you will) that we end up facing are most often the symptoms of much larger health issues. We can reject the possibility that something is wrong, but it will eventually become a big enough problem to demand our attention. 

Analyzing our relationship, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health requires a dose of humility and a willingness to work to correct any deficits we see. Waiting until a bigger problem arises is more detrimental to us and takes longer to recover from. Take an honest look at yourself to see if you're truly healthy and then take a few small steps to improve it now.

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