This is actually a fascinating question and one that I don’t have a really deep or profound answer to. I know that I sometimes struggle with staying emotionally balanced. I think being healthy is having a harmonious balance between both physical and emotional health, as they are often so interdependent on one another. So for me, it’s important to take care of both of these if I am going be healthy.
Some of what keeps me balanced is doing things that I enjoy such as working out, spending time with friends, reading a good book, teaching college students, contributing to the local and national LGBT community and going to the park or being by a body of water where I like to people watch or read and enjoy the surroundings.
I am really working to learn how to be more mindful of my surroundings and the relationships and interactions I have with others in my life. I find that sometimes I get so bogged down in work and the day to day hustle of all I’m involved in that I forget to be mindful of the small things in my life. I am learning to increase the qualitative nature of my friendships versus quantifying how many I have. I am learning to decrease my expectations of meeting Mr. Right when I’m in an environment where there are lots of men around (whether virtually or physically).
I am also learning to just sit with Lee on a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the solitude and allow my batteries to be re-charged from a long week by watching a movie or doing something I enjoy.
In the realm of physical health, I am learning how to take care of myself better by getting annual physicals, staying on top of my HIV and STI testing and tracking the progress of a genetic eye disease that I have (this one I have not been so good with). Working out on a regular basis has also been good for me, especially as I see the changes in my body and it has also served as a way to help me get in a better state of mind when I’m not in the best space emotionally.
For me staying healthy is an ever evolving process, but I think I am at a point where I’m doing pretty good and only expect things to get better!
-- Lee Carson
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