GOOD health is not merely the absence of disease, disability or infirmity which we fear specifically in old age. Although most of us know but need to be reminded that in order to achieve good health, sound body and mind are closely connected to realize our potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and make a contribution to our community.
In short, it's our ability to respond to challenges and problems in life. Some of us say good health is being happy but this is simply a mood or good health is all in the mind but this is just an attitude. Well fortunately just like physical health, mental emotional, social or spiritual well-being is something we can work on.
Taking care of our physical health is the first order of the day. Physical activities, not necessarily in the form of rigorous exercise, are a must for a healthy person. Physical activities release natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins which give us more energy and self-confidence to go about our day-to-day activities.
A balanced diet must also be maintained. We know that a healthy diet will provide the essential required nutrient to be in good health all the time. A healthy diet is related to our mental health. We must also have enough time to sleep. Sleep should not reduced for study, training or leisure time. It is worth noting that behavioral problems such as the inability to focus, concentrate, anxiety, irritability or hyperactivity actually stem from lack of sleep.
Our safety in our environment wherein we are free from harm is also very important for our good health. Love of the family members is at the heart of emotional health. We are less vulnerable to emotional problems when we are assured of their love and acceptance and vice versa. But proper guidance from everyone and self-discipline are just as important to ensure our acceptable behavior.
Of course, we set realistic goals commensurate to our abilities. Our failures should be seen not as sources of guilt, blame, shame or disappointment but as our learning opportunities every time.