When we consider the term health, we usually define it as the absence of disease or illness. If our doctors have not diagnosed us as being sick and as long as we generally feel OK while going about our daily activities, we consider ourselves to be healthy. It is important to remember, however, that our mental and emotional health play a large role in our physical health as well.
Physical morality can be defined as having a sense of duty that drives you to take care of your body. In many cases, we abuse our bodies by treating them poorly or by skipping out on preventative measures. We neglect our own health through a poor diet, smoking, skipping sleep, addictions and not getting enough exercise. We continue these habits until it is too late, and we are no longer healthy.
If we have a sense of duty to keep ourselves healthy for our family, friends, career or higher power, we are more driven to actually maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping ourselves strong mentally, physically and emotionally should be our prime objective in life, both for ourselves and for those we love.
Listening to Your Body’s Messages
Your health is the most important thing you have, and you have a lot of control over your physical well-being. Your lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and even attitude are all under your control, and they all contribute greatly toward your health. In order to remain healthy, you must be dedicated to allocating time and energy to your body and mind.
When you aren’t eating well, getting around well and thinking clearly, your body gives you signals to indicate that it needs your help to stay healthy. Many times we still don’t truly hear these messages, though. Instead, we wait until we are in pain or already suffering from a disease before we decide it is time to take care of ourselves. At that point, we visit a doctor and either begin physical therapy or are prescribed drugs with a list of side effects that are longer than the list of symptoms we are suffering from.
Understanding Your Body
In recent years, a new term has emerged in alternative medicine to describe illnesses that are caused by stress and negative thinking. They are known as emotionally-induced diseases. Developing these issues are a sign of ill health, and also serve as a message to rethink your sense of physical morality. Emotionally-induced diseases, according to research, include headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, backaches, skin issues, mental health strains and ear, nose and throat issues.
No one can tell you if you are healthy or sick. It is a personal feeling and must be a personal determination. However, you also hold the power to maintain your health or to prevent future health issues. You have a duty to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible for both yourself and for those around you.