Everyone agrees that good health overall consists of physical, mental and spiritual factors. But what those factors are and which spheres get weighted over others is extremely variable between individuals depending on their values and priorities. For me, physical health is important, so I try to keep up with exercise and diet as best I can. But it is my level of mental and spiritual health that dictates to a much greater extent how healthy I feel at any given time. For me, the two spheres are mutually nonexclusive and inextricably linked to emotional health (thought of as part of mental health).
Within the spiritual sphere, I value my good friends as a critical part of how I am healthy. For me friendship is more than just someone to hang out with. If you find the right people, friendship can be a deep bonding experience that changes the way you see the world and helps you grow as a person.
A “healthy” phrase I have come to believe in is “Everything in Moderation.” People seem to be approaching you all the time with what’s bad for you. The culprits change often; it may be marijuana, too many carbs or mid-2008 tomatoes. But I think most things are okay to try once. Some studies even suggest that teens who try a bit of “the naughty stuff” during their formative years are profiled to be more psychologically healthy years later than teens who never tried anything.
But sex and drugs aren’t the only things that can be dangerous without moderation. I try to focus on avoiding becoming consumed with any one thing, whether that happens to be booze, television, love relationships, etc. Anything has the potential to become an obsession should be checked frequently. By practicing “Everything in Moderation,” we stay in control of our own lives, and are sure to be far healthier.
One final way I am healthy is by following the axiom ‘don’t sweat the small stuff.’ Life’s too short to do that.
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