A Synopsis of Well-Being
The most common definition of health in our society today is a state of well being or physical well being. This means your body’s physical structure, organs, tissues and muscles are functioning correctly and are not damaged or in need of repair. An obvious example of health in this context is how well a person is physically checked during a check up. Also an obvious example of health would be the condition of the economy. No matter how bad things get in the economy no one is going to invest in health insurance unless they feel that they have some sort of benefit from doing so.
When it comes to mental health we are talking about two very important things: your ability to live life to the fullest and your ability to remain mentally healthy. In order to have a good mental health you need a good mental state and a positive mental attitude. These two things go hand-in-hand and having a strong sense of self worth and a positive outlook on life are central components of mental well-being. Having physical well-being as a component of your overall health needs to do with your digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems.
Poor health can stem from a variety of underlying conditions such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, certain forms of cancer, environmental factors like toxins and pesticides, insomnia, depression, stress and other medical illnesses. Poor well-being can also result from eating a poor diet, smoking tobacco, alcohol consumption, using illegal drugs, and being overweight. Mental illness can manifest itself in a variety of ways: delusions, hallucinations, mania, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder. Mental well-being can be affected by both positive and negative emotions: positive emotions resulting from good health, and negative emotions resulting from poor health.