Many people don’t realize just how vital good health is to the quality of their life.
Every choice we make connects to the quality of our lives. We need to wake up every day with the drive and energy to achieve our goals and grow in our skills, knowledge and experience. Bad health can create a death spiral of bad luck that ultimately causes us more suffering than was ever necessary.
It is common to think of the body and mind as two separate entities that work independently from each other. This could not be further from the truth. There is a reason why emotional stress has physical reactions. When we experience fear or anxiety, we might find it harder to sleep. We might get migraines and an upset stomach. Prolonged emotional stress can even speed up the aging process and cause various medical conditions such as ulcers and autoimmune diseases.
Declining health leads to increased emotional stress, which then causes more stress related illnesses. This is the death spiral of poor health. And the longer it continues, the more dangerous it becomes.
Poor health is often a key factor in how many people hit “rock bottom” in life. It starts with one physical or emotional problem. This problem triggers another physical or emotional problem, which triggers another physical or emotional problem, etc.
The best way to avoid getting pulled into a death spiral of doom when life gets challenging is a strong foundation of wisdom and good health to fall back on. The emotional impact of a problem is usually based on our perception of that problem and our ability to solve it.
One good example would be getting laid off or fired from your job. This has happened to almost everyone at some point in their life. However, the potential for physical, emotional and psychological damage from this even varies from person to person.
Assuming all things are equal financially… a person with a strong resume, good skills, and loads of self-confidence might view losing their job as a great opportunity for positive change. Someone who lacks self-confidence and has poor health might view losing their job as a reason to panic. They might start drinking heavily and sink into depression. This reaction only makes their problem worse by cheating them out of valuable time to make connections and search for new opportunities. Their physical health might decline further as the situation gets worse. Now, they lack the energy and enthusiasm needed to make a good impression on job interviews. And the death spiral continues.
When a person prioritizes their physical and mental health above all other things, it helps them create the inner and outer strength needed to handle life’s challenges when they come. It helps to keep problems from “piling up” over time.
In the end, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything at all. No amount of money, fame, status, education or prestige can save a person when their mind, body and soul give up on them.