“Mens sana in corpore sano “A sound mind in a healthy body.”
The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, being whole, sound or well,”. Hale comes from the Proto-Indo-European root kailo, meaning “whole, uninjured, of good omen”. Kailo comes from the Proto-Germanic root khalbas, meaning “something divided“.(http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150999.php)
But what does health means? There are some definitions what health could mean:
WHO Definition of health
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
This definition is from 1948 and is somehow under critics, especially because of using the term complete well being. This term would leave most of us as not healthy – ergo someone who should seek medical advice. Nowadays many people suffer from chronic health problems and could therefore “never” be healthy.
An other definition of health by the Australian Aboriginals
“Aboriginal health” means not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.
My own understanding of health
Healthy for me means to be able to go through life with the given physical, mental and social circumstances and being able to achieve a state of flow so that life seems to be effortless and joyful.
Definition of Flow by Csíkszentmihályi Mihály
“being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
According Csíkszentmihály the way how to achieve a state of flow is when an individual is faced with a task that has clear goals that require specific responses.
Mind, Body, Soul and Social Health
- We are what we think we are. The way we see the world and are aware of it has a great influence of how we feel about us and our life. If we see everything grey and dark, life will be grey and dark, lustrous and depressive. Someone with a joyful heart will more likely enjoy good health than someone filled with negative thoughts.
- The way we think and see the world, has a direct influence on our physiology. By creating certain feelings and emotions we release or inhibite a lot of regulatory processes in our body.
- By changing how we see ourselves and others has a direct effect on our body and our well being.
- Use it or loose it. There is a lot of truth in it. Our body is built to adapt to any kind of external influences „stressors“. When we use our muscles more often, we get stronger, if we don’t use them we get weaker. Use it or loose it!
- Our body is build for excellent energy consumption. If we don’t use our muscles and bones during the day, our body will immediately start reducing muscle mass and bone density to safe energy.
- If we are more physical active, our body will adjust to this new “stressors”. Our muscles and bones are getting stronger.
- Many diseases in the industrial world are "house made" and can be linked to physical inactivity.
- Adapting a physical workout routine helps you to stay healthy and overcome ailments.
- The soul is often seen as the essential, immaterial part of human being, it links the out there with the within us.
- The soul enables us to be aware of me – an understanding of I am.
- To nourish the soul it is advised to integrate spiritual practices into your daily life by finding time only for yourself to contemplate about life, meditate, watch sunsets, read books, listen to music etc.
- To be able to share things with others can be a boost of energy. It is more fun to do something in a group than only yourself.
- The support of friends and family makes it more easy to achieve goals in your life and boosts your health.
- If you are in a job you really like and feel appreciated in your work , this will have a positive effect on your health.
- Culture believe systems have a great impact on your health. Believe Systems about what is healthy and unhealthy influences the individual and his health. You are what you think you are. If you believe cold water makes you sick, there will be a high chance that you will get easily sick in a cold environment.
How to be healthy
At Swiss Health Coaching we define your personal state of healthy well-being and try to help you achieve your health goals by:
- improving your physical strength
- coaching you in reaching your personal health goals
- teaching you techniques how to optimize your body & mind
- help you to unblock energy blockage with naturopathic methods