What Constitutes Health?

stool-576142_640As an overall definition, health is the state of being free from illness or injury. In a figurative sense it is a standard for measuring the financial well-being of a company. So taking an holistic view there are 3 components to health, being:

Mental. Relating to the mind, done by or occurring in the mind. One’s attitude (view or disposition) and self-talk will greatly influence one’s mental health. Do we have a tendency to view things positively or negatively? Declarative (e.g.“I can never remember people’s names”) is a way of setting oneself  up for failure, rather than interrogative (e.g. “How can I remember people’s names?)

Physical. Relating to the body, involving bodily contact or activity. Generally, one fares better when doing some form of exercise rather than none at all. The range of exercises one does will vary according to what you wish to achieve, where they are performed and under whose guidance.

Financial. Relating to the management of money, the monetary resources and affairs of an organisation or person. It is important that one has enough money to discharge debts, pay day-to-day expenses and fund the future.

We can use the analogy of a three-legged stool. If any of the 3 legs above are missing or weak then the stool will fall over or be wobbly. As with the stool, mental, physical, and financial well-being are interrelated and interdependent upon each other. Not much point being financially well off, but mentally and physically knackered. Little point in being an Adonis, but homeless.

Perhaps one of the questions we have to ask ourselves is “In how many ways can I improve my mental, physical and financial health?”

Good health