Do you know what it means to be healthy? Most people do not.
In our culture, health is often assumed to be the absence of visible symptoms of disease. That is a mistaken view of health.
So what is health?
What Is Health?
Health is a state of harmony between all aspects of your being. It is a state where you are able to function optimally. Health means that nothing is dragging you down: poor food that cogs your system, environmental toxins, poor digestion, stress factors that create the conditions for metabolic syndrome, toxic relationships, toxic work conditions.
Health is a state of perfect balance and well being where every aspect of your being is in sync with every other part of you. You are a fully functioning in the holistic sense.
You may be thinking that it is too good to be true. And yes I am describing ideal conditions that do not exist. However, more is possible than you may think.
Once you have a picture of perfect health, of total well-being and perfect functioning you can begin to formulate a health plan. In health this is important. We are unlikely to create perfect conditions in our lives and in our health because life is not perfect. The good news is that nature has provided us with a cushion for life’s ups and downs: our immune system.
However, our immune system has its limits especially the immune systems of highly sensitive people which can be easily overwhelmed by stress and toxins. In order to prevent toxic overload you need to take into account your living situation and your medical vulnerabilities to begin to figure out what adjustments are necessary to bring your situational challenges in line with your capacity to handle them.
Here is a formula for toxic burden that you can use to consider how overwhelmed your body is: toxic food + environmental factors+toxic relationships+situational stress = toxic burden. Once you get a picture of your toxic burden you can consider how well your immune system can cope with it and how much you need to make changes in your life.
None of these factors are quantifiable. But they can give you a sense of how much toxicity your system is trying to handle and whether or not it is being overwhelmed by damaging factors. If you start stripping away toxic conditions in your life you can then at some point notice when what your system can handle is met by your environmental conditions.
You have reached a state of equilibrium.
Is Equilibrium Enough?
Equilibrium is good and beneficial. It will give you improved functioning and is healthier than what most people have. So it is a worthwhile goal. However, it is my personal feeling that when it comes to health, we are better off shooting for the stars.
Highly sensitive people naturally have a lot of energy flowing through them. Too much. So when we allow too many toxins in our bodies, we slow down the processing of all the energy we take in. For HSPs this is a painful situation.
Extreme Benefits Of Health For HSPs
Depending on your point of view it is an a blessing or a curse that highly sensitive people cannot really get away with anything in relation to their health. All toxins have an impact; they are inescapable. HSPs have the mind body connection in spades so there is a big upside to creating extreme health that is worth pursuing.
It can help you:
- align more natural with your true self
- make it easier to work
- make you feel stronger and more resilient
- make it easier to be in your natural creativity
- make relationships easier, since toxins affect our personalities.