How was your 2016 like healthwise? What are your health goals this 2017? In between what was and what is to come lies the crucial stage of reflecting on the year that has gone by and learning from it before planning for the next one.
When it comes to ensuring general wellbeing, nothing beats the tandem of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. There are a great too many factors, however, that negatively affect these two, which compromise overall health. We are not just talking about weight problems per se rather the condition of the body, as well as the mind.
There are things beyond food and physical activity that affect our health, ergo the quality of our lives. These are things often unseen but very much felt or experienced. A person may look physically fit yet suffer from hypertension or high cholesterol and blood sugar even without being genetically predisposed. One may also suffer from insomnia or unexplained body aches and pains, even fatigue. What could be the culprit behind these? Stress? Yes, stress causes your body to release hormones like cortisol, which increases bad cholesterol and blood glucose in the body. Stress also causes your blood pressure to shoot up. Or it could also be something else that lies deep within one’s heart that it needs a lot of humility and open mindedness for it to be found.
As we begin anew this year, examine your heart and reflect on your life for the past year. Being honest with yourself will pave the way for a healthier 2017.
Unforgiveness — this is one of the most painful things to let go of, especially when you have been deeply hurt to the point of being unable to mend the shattered pieces of your heart. This contributes to the decline in your health because it eats you alive from within.
Now think about this: Forgiving someone does not mean everything is okay or we should suddenly develop amnesia and just go on with life forgetting what happened in the past. Forgiveness is making a decision to give up the right to hurt back despite how you feel (but of course justice and the law must prevail at all times).
Begin by thinking about the ways to help yourself heal instead of obsessing about how to get even. You’ll save yourself from so much hate and fill that empty space with peace, which will calm your senses, lower your vital signs, and keep your body organs sound.
Want to lower your blood pressure, get a good night’s sleep, and regain your energy? Find it in your heart to forgive. Here are five things that could help make it easier for you.
Think of small things you are grateful for amid the trials.
Flee from negativity and embrace positivity.
Pray and meditate, most especially when your heart or mind is troubled.
Find your purpose that will benefit others and enhance your life.
Be generous with your time and energy.
source: Manila Bulletin