The privileges of being mentally & physically healthy


By Mandeep Joshi

From the time of our birth till the time we die, we try to lead a healthy life.

But how should we lead a healthy life? What are the privileges of being healthy? How do we define a person as being healthy?

Is it seen by how great our abs look? No! Is it by how our body can function even in extreme conditions? No!

We can define a healthy person as one who keeps his or her body in decent shape and who understands the importance of mental health. By doing this, we can lead a healthy life.

Do we lead a healthy life?

The answer to this question is no. We all know what needs to be done to lead a healthy life, and yet, we fail to do what is necessary and go on leading an unhealthy lifestyle.

We keep on eating unhealthy food just because we think it tastes good with no concern as to how it would affect our body.

We know that exercising is necessary, but we don’t do it, and we don’t even realise what mistakes we make until our choices take a toll on our body.

Even if a person is keeping his physical health in check, he may not have sound mental health because of several issues. There are only a few people in this world who may do what they need to keep a balance between physical and mental health, and only these few can truly claim to lead a healthy life.

We should now ask ourselves, what are the privileges of being healthy?

Being healthy is truly a privilege, and nothing made us realise this more than the COVID-19 pandemic. So many people lost their lives because of an ailment.

Even with introducing vaccinations, we know that if we do not prioritise our health, we won’t be able to do the things we want to. The same applies to mental health.

Having peak physicality but not being mentally or emotionally healthy, we lose out on most of the beautiful things we can experience in life. We do not realise that being healthy is a privilege until we are bedridden because of a physical or mental problem.

We must all learn to take care of ourselves. If we feel we have a problem, either physically or mentally, we should never be too proud to ask for help.


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