We know we should take care of ourselves and keep our health in check. Health often seems to mean simply not being sick, but is that really so?
Interestingly, according to the World Health Organisation, health is, “A state of optimal wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”
So our optimal or ‘best’ health requires a balance of the many facets that comprise the whole person. These include physical, mental, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and social components, which are different for everyone.
We spend considerable time and energy looking after our physical health, but why do so many of us feel and act differently when it comes to our own mental health and wellbeing?
If we had to choose two things to focus on for a better quality of life, sleep and thinking patterns are a good place to start.
Maintaining good sleep habits
Every living being needs sleep. It is vital. A 100 years ago, on average we used to sleep eight or nine hours a night, these days we average around six hours. Based on these statistics, we are losing 730 hours of rest and recovery every year, which affects us physically as well as mentally.
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
It is not necessarily what happens to us, but our thinking around it that creates stress in our lives. The brain can chew up about 80% of the body’s neurological energy. Most people think about what they don’t want, therefore drawing the very thing they don’t want towards them. What you think about in life expands, so think healthy, happy thoughts and your body will follow suit.
What does optimal health mean for you?