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Living Healthy – A Whole Person Approach

It is magnificent to find a new way to look at living healthy.

At the beginning of each year, people all across America make resolutions to live better and to live healthier. As part of that healthy living most people look at things that will improve their physical appearance such as a new diet or a new exercise plan. Gym memberships increase, enrollment at Weight Watchers goes up and Jenny Craig’s phone lines go crazy. While it is important to get the physical part of ourselves in order. It is also important to get the rest of ourselves in order. We are more than just what we look like. We are more than what we eat or decide not to eat. We are all multi-faceted beings. There are more parts to us than just the physical. We are also:

  • mental
  • emotional
  • spiritual
  • psychological
  • sexual


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These parts are just as important as our physical parts. Whole and healthy human beings have all of these parts. So often we ignore all these parts of ourselves and concentrate on just one or maybe two of the areas.  As human beings, we need to take a new look at being healthy, and work on being healthy in all parts of our lives. We all know people who are out of balance mentally or emotionally or sexually. When any area of our lives is out of balance and we do not take the necessary steps to get back in to balance there are serious problems. Think about it, what good is it to have washboard abs and buns of steel if you are mentally unstable, suffering from depression or spiritually in need of renewal.
Go ahead, make plans to get in shape, prepare to run that marathon. At the same time, take steps to make sure you are mentally fit. Check out your emotions. Make sure you are handling life’s ups and downs in a balanced and rational matter, do not let depression over take you. No matter what your religious beliefs look at your spiritual life and make sure it is where it should be. If there are behavioral issues you need to address and you cannot do it on your own, get a professional to help get your psychological side in order. Be sexually appropriate and maintain your sexual health. Life is what you make it, so make your entire life healthy, whole and strong.
So the question for you this magnificent day is, are you living healthy in all areas of you life?
Janeane Davis

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  • Great information!!! Mental and sexual health are issues that are often considered taboo and neglected the most. We have to get regular check-ups and check-ins. Hats off to you for this wonderful reminder!

    • Thanks. I am glad you liked it. We are never going to be totally healthy until we are brave enough to look at and talk about all of our parts.

  • Thanks for the reminder to do a mental checkup at the beginning of the year too.

  • I love this, "Think about it, what good is it to have washboard abs and buns of steel if you are mentally unstable, suffering from depression or spiritually in need of renewal." It is so true, and its funny that we obsess over a certain type of person who excels in lets say health, they could lack in other areas. These are all areas I need to revisit, a lot of them are on the to do list, and it really shouldn't ...it'll be a journey to achieve true balance.

    • It is hard putting them all on the to do list and paying attention to each area, but we have to find a way. I hope someone does and shares the secret with the rest of us.

  • I agree on the importance of sexual health...that's one aspect we neglect, but I believe human beings need that kind of intimacy & is an important aspect to nurture.

    • It is part of who we are and we do neglect it and I think it is a bad thing to do.

  • Great advice! Solid and sound. Thanks Janeane!

  • I'm working on being more fit mentally. We had a great retreat at church to help get things back on track, and I'm feeling like I have the tools now to "get my mind right". It's definitely something that I need to work on every day, though.

  • We have to take care of ALL of us. So true!

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