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The PURSUIT of HAPPYNESS
What is Vitality?
What Does Vital Mean? Power of vitality definition:
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Vitality has 4 components:
Mental and physical health and fitness
and due to that, it means the combination of:
- Mental health - not only men's health (stamina)
- Mental fitness
- Physical health, and
- Physical fitness
During this series, I will go into detail through all of these components. What do those 4 components mean? Which components of it have more or less influence on the power of vitality? And finally will answer the question:
Why do so many people set their priorities to the least essential components and ignore the essentials? And what you can specifically do, to apply the components of it more beneficially. Let's start at the end:
Physical health and fitness
Because everybody has already experienced
- Injuries after an accident,
- Sour muscles after physical training,
- Situations when health got lost, or
- Illness, if you got sick.
And due to that, it is easy to understand.
Most people ignore their physical health, as long as it is in a reasonable balance. And we do not give our health any attention, as long as their body is working well, pain-free, of if we got used to the pain. We only tend to give it attention, if it becomes urgent, which is tragic.
This is almost the same with mental health and fitness. But we usually put even less attention on that, than on physical health, which is even more tragic!
4. Physical fitness meaning - What is physical fitness?
An athlete with a well-trained body. But here comes the paradox: Physical training requires bringing the system out of balance, by exceeding the abilities of a muscle. For example: To train your ability to run, you need to run a little bit further, than what is convenient for you, so that it creates some discomfort, maybe even a bit of pain. Due to that, you find signs in many gyms, like: "No pain - no gain!" And this seems to be the opposite of the balanced state of your body functions, which I described before as physical health.
Well, the balance comes into play during the relaxation phase, which needs to follow the physical training. The growth takes place during relaxation. The training sets a growth impulse. After you over exceeded your normal capabilities, you need a rest, in which the recovery and the growth take place.
3. Physical health meaning - What is physical health?
All functions of the body are working well balanced together, like a well-functioning clockwork. Health is much more than the abstinence of sickness, illness, or diseases!
Physical health is a present, which we get as a newborn. And it is a result of our behavior, while we grow up and get older. Physical health is simply a consequence of what we consume. How we live and move, what we do - or don't do, drink, eat. In Germany we say:
"Man ist, was man isst!"
"You are, what you eat!"
or to say it more drastically:
"Garbage in - garbage out!"
Because the body gets to build, and continuously rebuilds from the elements which are in our nutrition, dinks, and in the air, we breathe.
Let's do a thought experiment and cut off some of the basic physical supplies our body needs, to find out what is most essential for our physical health. What do you think of the first? I guess it is in this sequence:
- Air, and finally
- Motion, if you thought about this at all.
Depending on your mindset
You probably even thought about some of those:
- nutrition supplements
- hair cut
- manicure, pedicure
- heating or air-condition
This is all brainfuck and those are NO basic physical needs. But most likely you forgot about
Pee and poo!
Which is the result of digestion, the rubish collection of our body!
This is tragic, because, if your body stops doing this, it will poison itself within a few weeks!
All the rest is convenient! There is nothing bad about convenience, but for your physical health, it is out of focus, because its abstinence will not kill you. Apart from, if you are a princess.
So, let's bring what is left into a priority. What are the most essential ones of the basic physical needs? In other words: What will kill you the fastest if it is not available anymore?
- Air - not breathing will create brain damage within minutes, or even kill you shortly after that.
- Drink - no water supply will kill you within some days.
- Pee and poo - will poison your body and kill you within some weeks.
- Food - you can get around without for some months.
- Motion - this is rather a question of some more months or even years.
Common western lifestyle
But what does it make us focus on the most?
- Beauty and fitness
- Nutrition supplements while eating mostly processed food
- Alcohol and party, instead of sufficient water intake to be well hydrated
- Smoking, instead of breathwork
- Rubbish collection is not even on the list. So once again, we forget completely to pee, poo, and sweat.
But the priorities should be the other way around to maintain and improve our physical health. For that we need to concentrate on:
- Practice deep breathing, to make deep breathing a habit.
- Drink - 2 - 3 liters of clean water.
- Pi, poo, and sweating to detox continuously.
- Food - living food, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, vegetarian oils, protein which can be vegetarian, fish or meat, and a little bit of carb.
- Motion - on top of the mentioned above, you can go for some kind of workout. Because that has the least priority for your physical health! It certainly becomes a different priority if you look from the physical fitness perspective.
2. Mental fitness meaning - what is mental fitness?
First of all, stop what poisons your mind: Watching, reading, listening to the news! 80 to 95% of them are negative. Because bad news sells better and gets more attention. The journalists are just doing their job. But every society gets the news they deserve. They just get what they pay for. And you experience in life, what you focus on. So, if you fill your brain with the bad news ... you will have bad experiences in your life. Also, social media is mostly catching you with negative news. Stop it, or at least make sure you do not spend more than 15 min per day on the news and social media. Most people can save several hours per day, by limiting this to a quarter of an hour per day!
What can you do with the gained time? Do something for your mental fitness! Learning is the best mental fitness training. Learn every day something new. Practice playing an instrument, a language, a hobby, the skill of selling, learn about social skills, psychology, increase your competence for your work. The options are endless! And as soon as you start looking into the details, each of those skills becomes interesting.
1. Mental health meaning - what is mental health?
Why have so many people set their highest priority to the least essential for the power of vitality?
First of all, our reptile brains are genetically programmed to concentrate on urgent things. If our ancestors would have ignored the urgency to run away, if a saber-toothed tiger was attacking them, and instead of that, they would have thought about something essential, for example, their purpose of life, we wouldn't be here today! This behavior got programmed in our genes. The thinkers of the stone age, who took care of the essentials first, got eaten by the saber-toothed tiger, and their gens got lost. And due to that, the concentration on the essential things, instead of the urgent ones, seems to be counterintuitive to us.
Times have changed, and today there is no saber-toothed tiger around anymore. Even if we are consciously aware, that taking care of the essential things first is the smarter way to act, and produces better results, we are trapped in our genes, and usually take care of the urgent things first. Another reason can be, that it is fun to be a "firefighter". It serves our desire for adventure!
And second, most of our knowledge is influenced by marketing. There is a lot of money in the fitness market, basically in physical fitness. The same thing is true for health, there is much more business in physical health than in the mental health sector. So, what you will get to see, read and hear about vital living is mostly in the physical fitness or health domain.
You might say: I learned about it in school, or from some kind of media, such as a book, a seminar, or a magazine. But you need to understand that your teachers are human beings, too. They also rely on the media. And all of the media is strongly influenced by some kind of lobby. If they publish something about it because they get paid for that!
Third and finally, those things that have the biggest impact on the power of vitality are almost available for free! No one is interested to promote this.
Here are some recommendations for you:
How to put the priorities to the essential components.
And how to make it fun, so that you stick to it.
Why it is essential to make the power of vitality urgent?
For your mental health, you can practice meditation to create a positive mindset at no cost. You can get a kick start by participating in a meditation challenge, which is a fun way to build a meditation habit and learn how to meditate. This will create a habit so that you will do it consistently! Your mental health and fitness will benefit much from a meditation habit.
For your mental fitness, you can create a balance between periodic stress to train your mental strength and relaxation to recover from it for your growth on your own, free of charge. Even mental strength training might be helpful to get this habit started and create more awareness for it.
For your physical health, you can do breathing exercises, all for free. If you want some inspiration to get started with it, join the deep breathing challenge. And learn some fun breathing exercises, build a deep breathing habit, and learn even more about its benefits for you. It works on both sides: mental and physical!
Make sure that you stay well hydrated and drink plenty of water. Water is our most valuable food. And it is available for almost zero cost! That is probably the reason why we underestimate its value so much. Simply set a timer for every 2 to 4 hours during the daytime. Have a glass of water, to make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 liters a day.
Identify the weakest point of your vital power, and feel, if one of the proposed recommendations resonates with you. Then choose one, and go for it. Make it a must to succeed. Commit to someone whom you respect, that you will take it seriously and finish it. Give him or her the authority to fine, punish, or blame you, if you fail! Do you think that is absurd? No, you only make the essential urgent. With this little trick, you overcome your genetic programming in your reptile brain to focus on the urgent instead of the essential things!
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