The Reality of Being Healthy

Are you Healthy? Or rather “How much healthy you are”? The answer lies on how we perceive, understand or are aware of the concept of Health. For many being healthy simply means absence of disease or discomfort. Bur what is the real definition of health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines it as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

Physical Health

Lately many sportsmen who are more of “health icons” and “gods of health” collapsed and died suddenly whilst engaged in their sports activities. Since then many got disillusioned on their concept of physical health and there seems to be some form of uncertainties prevailing over the subject. Simply because only a tip of the iceberg is visible to us or our doctors as far as physical health is concerned. Hence, even when a person is not having headache, fever, vomiting, pain, etc. he can be physically unhealthy. Even if doctor has not diagnosed any physical illness, one can still be unhealthy as the disease at stage may be clinically undetectable. Therefore, to maintain physical health one should have a life style that could prevent the development of the clinically undetectable portion of the disease too.

Mental Health

Some medical practitioners believe that 90% of our diseases are psychosomatic. Psychosomatic means it originates in the Psyche (mind) and manifests in the Soma (body). Therefore, it’s obvious that the state of our mind affects our physiological processes. It has become a trend nowadays that individuals endure certain amount of stress for a period of time and take a break in the form of vacation, etc. for recuperation. However, during the period of enduring, some physiological damages set in unnoticed and the break taken would not reverse those damages.

The WHO defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes 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.”

Social Health

The concept of social health is less intuitively familiar than that of physical or mental health, and yet, it is one of the pillars of health. This is partly because social health can refer both to a characteristic of a society, and of individuals.

Foundation of social health are :
1. Understanding and Satisfaction in the sphere of one’s family;
2. Proper attention for the development of children;
3. Co-operating with others;
4. Social service;
5. Spiritual enlightenment (please take note that spiritual does not necessarily mean religious. Spiritual means fundamental of the self/spirit)

Now having understood the three pillars of Health, how healthy you are? At the scale of 1 to 10, what is your rank?
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