Are you healthy? Have you ever actually stopped to ask yourself that question?

It’s difficult to answer, after all, what is healthy? What does healthy look like? Is healthy when you can run up a couple flights of stairs without getting out of breath? Is it when you’re able to forgive with ease? Is it when you don’t struggle with negative or hurtful thoughts?

We can’t cover it all here, but there are a few simple ways to check you’re doing good, along with a couple tell-tell signs you aren’t!

Mental and emotional health

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Ask yourself:

1 – How soon do I recover from emotional setbacks?

Life throws us curveballs, it’s not always smooth sailing. Emotionally healthy people tend not to dwell, but look for ways to move forward and move onward, whether that requires forgiveness, trying new things, or digging in to allow themselves to bounce back.

2 – Do I feel stress, anxiety and negative emotion more than I feel contentment, balance and positivity?

Contentment, purpose and confidence are the marks of the emotionally healthy. While it’s normal to feel less than 100% 100% of the time, if you feel more down than up, talk to someone about it. It might be as simple as reevaluating your priorities, or might be a longer process, like getting someone to check in regularly with.

3 – Do I have good, healthy relationships?

The ability to build and maintain good relationships with positive and inspiring people is a key sign of emotional health. Do your friendships make you better and make you feel better?

Physical health

Ask yourself:

What’s my resting heart rate?

How’s my blood pressure?

How’s my breathing?

If you feel like you’re not as healthy as you’d like to be, don’t be overwhelmed by all that’s going on. Start simple:

1 – Get accountability – someone to talk to, someone to help you do more of the things that make you better and make you feel better

2 – Do the darn thing! Make a small change, any little change. Taking action in one area of your health will help empower you and make it easier to take control on other areas.

What does your BMI say about your health?

Another way to determine your health is to calculate your BMI.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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