Owning Our Health As We Age

In today’s multimedia world, we have fast access to abundant knowledge on practically every health and health care topic in the known universe. The good news is we can self educate. The bad news is that there is a tendency to self diagnose, which may not help in making well informed decisions.

As we age we’re faced with growing concerns around:

  • maintaining our health, well being and independence
  • affordable health care being available – when we need it
  • having enough money to cover unexpected health costs
  • living a life that will help sustain optimum health, for years to come

How do we avoid the stress of over-thinking that intake of abundant knowledge? The stress created by a sense of vulnerability negatively impacts us mentally and physically. Worry keeps the mind in overdrive and wears down the body’s resources.  It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives but that only contributes to the downward spiral of anxiety and worry.

Good health isn’t merely the absence of disease (dis – ease) or symptoms; it’s a state of well-being.  There are many ways we can own our health that require minimal time or money.  It may not be through familiar methods, but staying open to the options allows us to explore areas that complement standard medical treatments. 

For thousands of years balancing the mind, body and spirit has been achieved through what we may view as non traditional methods.  This includes natural remedies such as herbs or plants; physical exercise such as walking or yoga; as well as spiritually based practices such as prayer and meditation.

All you need to do is take time to listen to your body.  What is it telling you?  If you need quiet time, find 30 minutes in a day to sit with your eyes closed while breathing deeply from your belly. Your body will relax. If you feel restless take 30 minutes a day to go for a walk. You will feel energized. If you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu explore natural remedies available. They will work in alignment with your body.

Remember; our bodies always seek to heal themselves. We just have to listen. We can own our health as we age.

Sandra Downey