How to define healthy is one of those questions that’s both simple and complex. We may not have a precise definition but we can probably spot it when we see it. Or feel it.
The key thing is you have to define it for yourself. What does it mean to you? How do you do that? (I hope you didn’t come here today looking for answers, ’cause today’s mostly about questions).
Very broadly, if you can answer the questions below in the affirmative, you’re probably healthy. (Remember, I’m not a doctor though!)
Do you feel good generally?
Are you physically able to perform the daily tasks you need to?
Are you free of chronic pain?
Does what you eat make you feel good?
Do you sleep well through the night for the most part?
These aren’t the only indicators, of course. It’s important to see your doctor regularly. Lots of illnesses don’t have symptoms right away. You could be feeling fine now, but on the road to a bad outcome. You could also be feeling fine now and on track for decades of good living.
If you answered yes to the questions above, the next thing to consider is how to make it likely your answer is still yes years from now.
Being healthy, being capable, and feeling good are great right now and you want to feel that way as long as you can, right?
On the other hand, if your answer for some of those questions is no, it’s a strong indication you have some room to improve your health. It may seem intimidating but understand that it’s possible. You can leverage small changes into bigger results.
What are you doing now that makes you feel good? What are a few ways you can do more of that?
How can you make it so your daily physical tasks are less taxing? What are a couple steps you can take?
If you’re in chronic pain, that’s a really rough spot to be in. Are there strategies you can use to reduce it? What would those look like for you?
Take some time to reflect on what you’re eating. How would it be for you to add in some more food that makes you feel good after?
Also take inventory of your sleeping habits. What are a couple ideas to implement that would pay dividends and help you sleep better?
Hey, I told you this would be a lot of questions.
The purpose is to take stock of where you are right now. To see what’s working and try to do more of that. To see what could be better and mix in a new approach to improve your overall health.
It’s not that you need to pore over every single decision every day. It’s true over time that the little decisions we make daily tend to dictate the big picture. What do we want that larger image to look like? What slight changes can we make that would have a big influence in the grand scheme?
You don’t need to have all the answers right away. Just do what you can and see how it works. Then adjust from there.