The World Health Organization (WHO) defines healthy as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The perception on health, and what it means to be healthy, is changing constantly. Health has often been viewed in the past as free of illness or disease. In 1948, when the WHO described health as “a state of total physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” this viewpoint also modified. And more recently, health has been seen as the capacity to respond to the stressors of life.

People bring a variety of different views, desires, and interests to the table when it comes to health and wellness. In effect, these beliefs affect how they approach their own wellbeing and interact with providers of healthcare.

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But without a clear concept of fitness, how do we know if we are really healthy? And what standards do we obey in the pursuit of good health?

Let’s look at few points.


I think the secret to good health is to reflect on how you want to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally, and then work towards that feeling. For example, if you want to experience less stress, your emphasis would need to be on doing more meditation and relaxation exercises. Whereas, if you want to feel more energized, start looking at your sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Your body is smart and will provide warning signs if anything needs attention. So if you want to be safe, you need to learn how to listen and respond to your body’s changes and warning signs.


Maintaining wellbeing often means avoiding the ‘groupthink’ and relying more on what works for you. In order to build long-term lifestyle habits, we need to be versatile to find out what is compatible with our individual needs (rather than the needs of others). Even then, when it comes to being healthy, it can often be easy to slip into the cycle of what’s trendy. Although it’s important to remember that what is trendy might not be what you need to do to be healthy. It is therefore important to try out different foods, do activities that you enjoy, and build wellness routines that fit with your lifestyle.


I often feel we all know what we need to do to be healthier. However, we’ve been bombarded with too much content. We’re too overwhelmed to start adopting any healthier habits or lifestyle changes so we’re trapped in the same unhealthful patterns. To overcome this, we ought to make baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Overall, every small move counts, and improvement is only persistent.


Ultimately, it is an important aspect of good health to resist perfectionist behaviors. Although striving for health, perfectionism can really be counterproductive. This is because perfectionism, usually, induces either anxiety or failure. Perfectionism often allows us to set excessively high expectations. And if we don’t fulfill these expectations, we give up completely.

Overall, being healthy can mean numerous things to different individuals. And what may be safe for one person may not comprise another’s needs. What is universal, though, is the belief that you will learn to be healthy with some creativity and implementation.


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