No doubt about it, there is a mindset for health. Certainly, your thought processes play a part in whether you feel good or miserable. Science has proven how thoughts can produce either beneficial or harmful physical manifestations. As negative thoughts become emotionally-charged impulses, a cascade of hormones causing stress impacts the immune system as well as other body systems.
There are many mindsets with varying perceptions of what health is, how it can be achieved and what it takes to maintain it. Health may not even be a primary focus for some and may easily be taken for granted. Let’s look at 5 common mindsets and see how each of these may put you at a disadvantage to achieve your best health. And finally, we’ll consider some key elements of a mindset for health.
5 COMMON MINDSETS:
I’m Not Interested In Health
“Health is not in my sphere of interest. I take each day as it comes. Should there be an adverse event or sickness brewing, it will usually be met with OTC drugs to suppress the symptoms or perhaps a visit to the doctor at some point if the problem becomes aggravating enough for me to go. I see no need to change from my usual everyday routine.”
(Note: In this mindset, health is considered more of a field of study or occupation. There is a disconnect to it being a person’s state of wellness, vitality and freedom from illness or injury. Your personal health determines how you show up in the world and whether you’re able to perform on all levels at your fullest capacity.)
Health Care Is My Doctor’s Job
“I have a very basic knowledge of the human body and health. I don’t have the time or any interest to pursue further study. In view of this, I feel that the understanding of all health matters is best left to the professionals.”
(Note: Without clarity and understanding, the requirements for health in the human body stand a good chance of not being met. Again, there is a disconnect to what health care is and how it is achieved. The concept of personal responsibility as well as daily living impacts to health by choices and habits escape perception. Unless your doctor is on call for you 24/7 giving you feedback that keeps you in tip-top health shape, you must realize that you greatly effect how you feel by what you think, do and don’t do.)
I Think I’m As Healthy As Can Be Expected
“I deal with some issues. So, in view of that, I’m about as healthy as can be expected given the circumstances. There is no sense complaining about it. There are a lot of folks worse off than I am.”
(Note: Kudos for trying to maintain a positive outlook. Barring trauma or serious injury, however, it typically takes a little time to go down hill. The gradual decline is being noticed. So, skillful direction in assessing what you are doing that is counterproductive is in order. When a condition persists, something is being missed. One must learn how to prevent illness, see improvements or fully recover. The attitude of I’m about as good as it gets with this condition is really resigning yourself to believe it is impossible to improve.)
I Am Satisfied With My Lifestyle
“Though my work schedule is tight and very demanding, I set aside time for an occasional trip to the gym and schedule social activities to unwind. I realize that my stress level needs reigning in. I’m still fairly young, and I have that on my side. That may change in the next decade, but we all expect problems as we age.”
(Note: Life in your years– enjoying the fruits of a healthy lifestyle– will enable you to stay young and vital. There is more to be seen here than what meets the eye. Most people anticipate chronic dis-eases to surface in their 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, but we’re now seeing these named conditions happening in teens, 20’s and 30’s. There are reasons for this. Being aware of pitfalls and consequences of unhealthy habits and environmental impacts would spur one on to prevent problems. The importance of prevention is vital to understand in any mindset.)
Genetics Determines My Health
“We are all dealt health cards by our genes. My family has a history of problems, therefore, I have those same genetic pre-dispositions. Nothing can be done about this.”
(Note: This mindset is denying the fact that improvements in lifestyle can make a difference. Yes, we share physical features as well as tendencies toward problems which are considered genetic weaknesses. When you make changes to a healthy way of living, those are not so glaringly apparent. It is also noteworthy to consider when conditions tend to “run” in families, they may be following the same way of eating, living, exposures, etc.)
A Mindset For Health
These are some of the key elements present in a mindset for health:
- – Awareness and appreciation for the importance health plays in one’s life
- – The desire to engage and focus on how to achieve and maintain health is a driving force; this becomes second nature with time and experience
- – Accurate knowledge is enthusiastically pursued and applied when relevant
- – Commitment takes responsibility to supply the body with what it needs
- – Wise choices are made equipped with the understanding of detrimental impacts
- – Intelligent supportive therapies are held in high-regard
- – There is a deep feeling of gratefulness for the marvelous capacity and design of the human body.
- – There is the ability to stay very aware in the present– taking note of what is going on in one’s environment.
A mindset for health encompasses more than just focusing on oneself. It carries with it the desire to share health-promoting thoughts and practices with others to enjoy life and is motivated to be a good steward of this planetary home.
Susanne Morrone is a Mentor of Holistic Wisdom for aspiring Health Champions.
(The Health Mindset is covered more in-depth in her Power Within Lifestyle Program.)
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