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How do we know if we are healthy, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The following are checklists to use for a quick review of your personal health. These symptoms are the signals or signposts that something is wrong.
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In today’s busy world, people are rushing around with complex schedules, a variety of activities, leading to long days. In many homes both spouses need to work to support themselves and their family and time is limited for personal relationships and for health. Children are having to take on additional responsibilities to look after aging parents. There is so much discussion about health care systems and yet people are complaining about not feeling well even though their physicians tell them they are healthy.
How do we know if we are healthy, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The following are checklists to use for a quick review of your personal health. These symptoms are the signals or signposts that something is wrong. We need to learn to listen to our bodies, minds, emotions and spirit.
Checklists are effective to use when preparing to see a physician or alternative health practitioner. How often have we gone to visit a physician or health practitioner and forgotten to ask the questions we wanted to ask. How often have we forgotten to tell the physician about symptoms which are making us uncomfortable. It is important to prepare for these visits, to identify clearly which symptoms we are experiencing, and to prepare a list of questions we want to ask the practitioner. Don"t be brushed aside and don"t let a practitioner rush us out of their office. We have the right to have clear answers to our questions, even if the answer is: "I don’t know". Ask, ask more questions, and then ask more questions again. In doing this we will be taking the first steps to take charge of our health.
The Symptoms of Physical Illness
The following is a list of physical symptoms which in either mild, medium or high levels can indicate to an individual that something is not right. We need to learn to listen to our bodies and respect the signals our bodies are giving us. Do not allow physicians or practitioners to dismiss you or your symptoms and do not dismiss them yourself. You are entitled to a thorough analysis and to answers. Sometimes the answer will be “we don"t know”. What is important is that you understand they don’t know what to do or how to eliminate your illness.
So often the physician or practitioner dismisses symptoms. Many times we ourselves dismiss our symptoms until they become quite serious. At times when physicians don’t know how to assess different symptoms they label them as psychosomatic, or, if you"re a woman, the common excuse is that it’s PMS or menopause. Some of these symptoms are indicators of emotional, mental or spiritual difficulties and only indicate that your physical body is telling you that something is wrong elsewhere. Have fun checking the status of your health.
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Fatigue after eating
- Fatigue at specific times of the day
- Tiredness after a normal night of sleep
- Difficulty sleeping or a restless or interrupted sleep pattern
- Grinding of teeth at night
- Drowsiness after receiving eight hours sleep on average
- Loss of sexual desire
- Numbness in body or limbs
- Chills and feeling cold
- Feeling hot
- Intestinal gas
- Regular heartburn
- Burning sensation in your chest
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Nasal congestion or discharge
- Food allergies or food sensitivities
- Burning or tearing of eyes
- Sore or dry throat
- Frequent headaches
- Assorted types of pain
- Shortness of breath
- Recurring dry cough
- Recurring bronchitis
- Joint pains
- Muscle pains
- Muscle aches or weakness
- Joint swelling
- Low blood sugar
- High blood sugar
- Heavy feelings in our legs
- Aching pains in feet
- Yeast infections
- Fungous infections of the skin
- Fungous in the nails
- Athlete’s foot
- Jock itch
- Recurring infections, colds and flu
- Craving certain types of food
- Hunger pangs soon after eating
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Painful urination
- Urinary urgency or frequency
- Vaginal itch or burning
- Symptoms of Emotional Illness
It is important to note that the following emotional symptoms can have many causes. Some of these symptoms are the direct result of physical problems. For example, food allergies or food sensitivities can create emotional difficulties. Low levels of certain minerals, vitamins and hormones can create emotional illness. Recent research has shown that low levels of magnesium can cause depression and Attention Deficit Disorder in children. It is not possible for technology to test accurately for a magnesium deficiency since only one percent of magnesium is in an individuals blood, the balance being in their intercellular matter. Children are prescribed Ritalin and Prozac when they may be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.
Emotional, physical and sexual abuse which occurred many years prior can easily trigger emotional symptoms many years after the abuse took place. If the abuse was repressed the memories remain in the body creating havoc with an individual’s emotional life.
Our emotions are complex responses which are sensitive to physical, mental, environmental, relational and spiritual stimuli. Often there is a sense of shame attached to the experiencing of emotional difficulties. There is often a social stigma attached to emotional difficulties which causes many to either avoid looking at their emotional symptoms or to hide the emotions they are experiencing.
Frequent anxiety or nervousness
Recurring anger or resentments
Always blaming others for your problems
High level of fear, anxiety and anger
Feeling spacey, unreal and scattered
Lack of stability in emotions
Strong emotional swings e.g. From great sadness to extreme happiness
Constant need to change living environment, friends and employment
Becoming angry very quickly
The intensity of an emotional response is disproportional to the given situation
Inability to see your own behavior
Difficulty in discussing personal problems without a lot of emotionality
Symptoms of Mental Illness
The negative social stigma attached today to mental illness indicates how fearful and how lacking in knowledge we are of mental illness. Perhaps this is because we know so little about these imbalances and seeing or knowing individuals who have mental or emotional difficulties make us feel helpless and afraid. People who are mentally ill are often out of control.
Those who have received treatment for mental problems from a psychiatrist or a therapist usually keep it a secret. They are concerned that people will think poorly of them. They believe that their promotional opportunities at their workplace will be limited if people knew. People might think they are unstable and unreliable. Others fear social isolation if their need for emotional therapy is known. It"s deemed to be a weakness to have a mental disorder, something to be ashamed of. But it’s quite normal and part of the human condition to need help at certain times in life. Why do we associate shame with mental illness?
It is amazing in Canada and the United States to see the number of homeless people, on the street, who are mentally ill. In the 1970s and 80s it became fashionable to close the majority of institutions for the mentally ill and to place these individuals on welfare. If they are not on the streets they are usually living in boarding houses. They cannot remember when to take their medications properly and they get sicker. The food they can afford is not the healthiest of food. They need a certain level of assistance for their basic needs. There are many symptoms for mental illness in varying degrees of severity . The following are illustrative symptoms of mental illness.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor memory
- A short attention span
- Poor listening ability
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty in learning
- Changes in an individuals analytical or processing capacity
- Dullness of the mind
- Lack of creativity
- Difficulty in sitting quietly
- Inability to confront difficult situations
- Sexual dysfunction
- Symptoms of Spiritual Illness
Spirutuality is defined as the direct and personal relationship which we have with a Cosmic or Universal power. This presupposes that the majority of human beings believe in a power greater than themselves. Albert Einstein the genius mathematician and scientist had a profound believe in a Cosmic power which created and constantly energizes this universe. So many other great men had similar beliefs. One needs only to see a miracle of a newborn child or the miracles of nature to see the existence of a Universal power. It"s difficult for me to imagine how anyone cannot believe in a Cosmic power.
Believing is only part of spirituality. Living ones spiritual beliefs in the essence of spirituality. Therefore the symptoms of difficulties with spirituality are centered on the integration of spirituality in all aspects of an individuals life. The following are key indicators of difficulties in our spiritual lives.
Symptoms of Spiritual Illness
- A lack of respect and self esteem for yourself.
- High level of fear and anxiety
- Lack of integrity and honesty in any aspects of life
- Lack of honesty and integrity in behavior in the workplace
- A lack of spiritual activities, including prayer and meditation
- Lack of trust in the goodness of man
- The lack of courage and strength
- Lack of respect for the dignity of all individuals
- A lack of respect for individuals of all sexual persuasions
- A fear and lack of tolerance of other religions
- Fear of others i.e. Racism
- Cruel and violent behavior towards other human beings
- Disregard for the needs of mother earth and the universe
- Physical, emotional and sexual abuse
- A sense of not belonging anywhere
- Not knowing your purpose for being
- A loss of sense of community
- A sense of superiority and arrogance
- The worship of material objects
- A lack of compassion and understanding
- A lack of respect for the needs of children
- Intolerance and cruelty to others who are different
Each one of us has the power to become a highly energized healthy human being. But first we need to become our own best friend and to become healthy in our bodies, minds, emotions and spirit. Once we have accomplished this, we will have the energy and strength to make that important difference, and to make the world a little better for everyone each day.
Using the Checklists of Symptoms
Sit down quietly and tick off the symptoms which you are experiencing on a regular basis. Think about these symptoms as you read these pages. Think carefully about your living habits, your emotions and your concerns regarding your health. At the end of these pages come back to this section and revisit your list of symptoms. You will need to develop a plan of action for yourself or seek the help of your physician and alternative therapist to help you make this assessment and to develop a personal plan of action. You can become physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy.
Author Bio :
Mary Kurus is a Canadian Vibrational Consultant who has an active practice in vibrational healing. She conducts detailed Vibrational Assessments that identify the physical, energetic and emotional areas that are affecting your health today. Mary also makes vibrational medicines called Choming Vibrational Essences and Choming Herbal Tinctures that are used in a Choming Essence Program to increase your vibrations and energy. For more details goto www.mkprojects.com or contact Mary firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 733-2856
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