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What Is Health? What Does Good Health Mean?

The word health means different things to different people,


depending on the situation.
The English word "health" comes from the Old English word hale,
meaning "wholeness, being whole, sound or well,".
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) The definition of
health is: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and
social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or
infirmity."
During the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986, the WHO
said that health is:
"a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health
is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal
resources, as well as physical capacities."
When we are looking at health, we look at health as balance for wellbeing. We call these areas the 10 Fun-da-Physicals of Health.
Those areas are:
1. Energising Elements: (look at some of the environmental factors
on health)
Inspiring Air
Soulful Sunshine
Water Works
Nature Nurtures
2. Engaging Environment Making sure that we set up the space
we live, work and study in so that it promotes positive mindset.
3. Mindful Movement - As we move our body, we increase health.
4. Contribution Cultivation It is a well known fact that gratitude
and giving are key contributors to good mental and physical
health.
5. Wholeness Foods - Nutrition and a well fed body is crucial to
health.

6. Passion-Fruit - Fostering the things we enjoy and doing more of


it does wonders for our mental health and in turn our physical
health.
7. Non-Toxicity - We live in a world full of toxins. So where we can
minimise this, it is key to do so. The less toxins = the healthier.
8. Free (e)motion - Reduce stress and move your emotions.
9. Best Rest - We all know that sleep is important.
10. Charging Change Have you heard the expression that change
is as good as a holiday? If something isnt working, change it.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
When we apply the practice of these ten areas of life, we become
more balanced and much healthier.
We think broadly of health in the terms of physical and mental health.

Physical wellbeing is defined as something a person can achieve by


developing all health-related components of their lifestyle.
These components are things like Fitness: This reflects a person's
endurance, strength and flexibility. Managing fitness to make sure
you are not over or under doing movement or participating in the
wrong types of movement for you.
Other components to physical wellbeing may include good nutrition,
Self management around body weight, food, avoiding drug and
alcohol abuse, being responsible around sexual health, hygiene and
sleep.
Toxins as earlier discuss is another of the physical components. We
may inhale or swallow natural and synthetic chemicals; they can also
get into our body through skin. In most cases, the body can break
these chemicals down or excrete them, so that there is no risk of
toxic overload.
Some chemicals can harm or destroy cells and tissues, while others
may affect genetic material directly, which can increase the risk of
developing diseases such as cancer.
In contrast, Mental health refers to people's cognitive (how they think)

and emotional (how they feel) well-being.


According to WHO, mental health is "a state of well-being in which
the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the
normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is
able to make a contribution to his or her community".
People have always found it easier to explain what mental illness is,
rather than mental health. Most people agree that mental health
refers to the "absence of mental illness". Like our bodies, we need
to train our mind as there are many and varied levels of mental health
and we can always get mentally healthier. This is in essence, having
more resilience.
Most people agree that mental health includes the ability to enjoy life,
the ability to bounce back from adversity, the ability to achieve
balance, the ability to be flexible and adapt to change, the ability to
feel safe and secure, and self-actualization (making the best of what
you have).
What is wellness?
According to the Mickinley Health Center, University of Illinois,
wellness "is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward
maximising an individual's potential. This is a life-long process
of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual,
emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being."
The University of East Carolina defines wellness as "the integration
of mind, body and spirit. Optimal wellness allows us to achieve
our goals and find meaning and purpose in our lives.
When we balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social,
occupational, spiritual, and environmental aspects of life, we
achieve true wellness."

Do you agree with this? What are you 10 Keys to Wellness?