What do you think of when you consider health?
Do you think of the physicality of your body? Shape, size, body fat, organs, cholesterol, blood pressure and your ability to run without wanting to keel over and die?
What about your mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being? Do you think this constitutes as health?
I think the Maori concept of health is something that more of us should begin to integrate into our definitions and perceptions of what it means to be ‘healthy’.
Te whare tapa whā symbolises four cornerstones of health including physical, mental, spiritual and family (or relationships). It illustrates that all of these four need to be in balance to achieve overall well-being and when one aspect is skew, we experience dis-equilibrium.
Dis-equilibrium in this sense can often represent itself through the means of mental health issues, physical illness or a sense of not belonging and can be absolutely detrimental to a person.
Health is so much more than how we look and the physical aspects of our being, but not many people draw on these facets when they are trying to turn their lives around for the better.
How can you ensure that you’re holistically healthy?
Yoga, meditation, positive self-talk, practicing mindfulness and being grateful are all simple ways we can begin to incorporate wellbeing into our everyday lives. Surrounding yourself with like-minded, supportive, positive individuals who push you to be the best you can be. Interacting with people, stepping outside your comfort zone, forgiving yourself and ensuring you have ‘me’ time.
It may seem easy and straight forward – and it is once you get the hang of it. So start small, make a goal to practice one of these healthful activities for at least 5 minutes every day and watch your health, perspective and mood change for the better.
Healthy living 🙂