The World Health Organisation defines health as:
“the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”.
Using this definition it’s worth enquiring if you are really as healthy as you thought you were. In fact using this definition it is possible to argue that the majority of the population aren’t healthy. Most people carry round at a minimum a niggling recurring injury, a degree of anxiety and agitation and some are unfortunately still persecuted for race or beliefs.
Are Your Priorities Right?
As an acupuncturist and someone interested in holistic health; that is health in its entirety – health of the body, emotions and spirit – I am consistently amazed at how wealth is valued over health. Due to pressures in work and society in general, time spent accumulating wealth or power is nearly always prioritized over time spent on health (be that physical, mental or social health).
Rather than trying to fix health problems when they arrive and take us by surprise why not take pre-emptive action now. Change your diet, adopt a new exercise regime, spend more time with your family, or reduce your screen time. Nearly all these changes are enjoyable if you give them time to bed in and become habitual. As well as being enjoyable the feeling of being near optimal health and connected to your loved ones is unequalled by any amount of money.
Making The Change
Sometimes change is difficult. Emotional and spiritual change can be difficult without support. Injuries and pain management can often only be addressed with the help of a professional. In this case it may be useful to know
Acupuncture is great for pain relief.
I routinely use it for:
– lower back pain – shoulder pain – knee pain – headache – facial pain
It’s recommended by NICE, the body who tell the NHS how to spend their money for treatment of both lower back pain and tension type headache.
Acupuncture is also great for calming.
Feeling stressed out and can’t sleep?
Then acupuncture can help. It’s thought to work by deactivating the sympathetic nervous system. That’s the part of the nervous system responsible for the fight or flight state of heightened anxiety.
When making a healthy change its worth bearing in mind how adaptable us humans are. The first drag on a cigarette, or first sup of alcohol rarely tastes good. Habits form over time and the body and mind adapt to tell us these initially horrible tasting substances are tasty and essential to our happiness.
The good news is that this same level of adaptation works in reverse. If we give it enough time we can adapt – to that new healthy diet, to not smoking to spending more time with our family. Over time these activities become an essential part of who we are and make us feel good and more importantly healthy.
So what are you waiting for? Go make that change.