Now that we’re in the season of overindulgence, it feels like a good time to consider some of the things that many of us take for granted. If we are lucky enough to be born with healthy bodies, we simply assume that all our bodily functions will operate like precise clockwork. We succumb to seasonal maladies on occasion, but we seldom experience what it feels like to have recurring or long term poor health.
It has been suggested in many quarters that each of us can do his or her best to maintain good health, but in actual fact, there is only so much we can do. Some of what we deal with in life is rooted in the luck of the draw.
Listening to our bodies can be helpful. As children, my siblings and I were told to be mindful about anything that didn’t feel right and to let our adults/carers know. I’m aware that most young people are told to do similar things, but I wonder about what happens as we grow older.
There was a long period from late adolescence through to when I attended music college, where I didn’t listen to my body in the same way as before. Perhaps the idea of best practice in taking care of one’s self is something that each of us needs to learn as we pull away from being sheltered by our parents and carers.
I expect that my local gym will be very busy for several weeks after the festive season – it is natural that people tend to include keeping fit in their resolutions for a new year, but perhaps education systems could do more to encourage us to cultivate mindsets that help to maintain robust health.