At first glance, health seems pretty simple, right? Do you think of it as the absence of disease? Or maybe a lab value that your doctor says is “normal”?
But what if what if we could do better than that?
What if health was instead measured by what is important to you? What if we measured health by the amount of strength, vitality, or joy you experience on a daily basis?
One of my favorite parts of nursing school addressed the idea that health is a spectrum. Health is not simply something you are or are not – and health does not look the same for any two people. Health is, quite simply, defined by the individual.
What if I told you that you are in control when it comes to your health? Yes, you employ expert doctors, skilled therapists, knowledgeable healers. But you are the leader of that team. Each member of your team is an expert in their respective area – but only you are an expert on YOU. The single most important thing you can do with your relationship to health, is to define what health is for you. Let me say that again.
The single most important thing you can do with your relationship to health, is to define what health is for you.
Defining your health defines your goals. It puts you in the drivers seat. It empowers you to take your rightful place at the head of your healthcare team table. You are the CEO of the “You Health Goals” company.
Defining health also kick starts your motivation for sticking to your health plan. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to get excited about lowering a number on a cryptic blood test that gets checked once a year. On the other hand, I get really freaking excited about cultivating habits that bring me more energy and enthusiasm for life, and less pain and discomfort. Defining what health is to you is where all health starts.
So how do we identify what’s important to our health?
Great question. I’m so glad you asked. Check out my thoughts on the topic next week, here.