Health is a relative term isn’t it? Are you healthy? Am I healthy?
Well I feel pretty good at the moment. Firstly the problem in my upper back / neck that was giving me pain in my arms is a lot better than a few weeks back. However as regular readers will know I hurt my lower back two weeks back. It made a remarkable recovery I think given how I felt the 48 hours directly afterwards. It is still twinging a bit but not bad at all. I went back to swimming for the first time since then this morning and it was pulling a bit but was okay really. I need to do the funny exercises a physiotherapist gave me some years back. I’ll not go into detail but I look like a deranged cat in most of them – there that’s got some peoples imaginations working overtime no doubt. I had a cardiac risk assessment done recently, when I drank for years I had hypertension (high blood pressure) and was on treatment for it. As soon as I stopped drinking it came down. Now I’m “a little over weight” and my cholesterol is “just over normal”. So generally okay and apparently my risk of a fatal heart attack is 6%. I was musing as I left the surgery that if I had a heart attack there and then could my wife sue the doctor… of course the risk wasn’t 0% was it so no I concluded. What a daft mental discussion.
Mentally I’m in a much better place than I was through most of the summer. The big depressive thoughts are more under control and I’m doing a lot better. It’s simple really, look at the positive not the negative. I know it’s bleeding obvious but I struggle with the bleeding obvious at times.
The family found it highly amusing but I’ve bought a book and DVD about Buddhist Meditation. If I was forced to have to be in a religion I think I’d currently choose Buddhism. I like a lot of it’s underlying philosophy. Now all I have to do is get over the embarrassment of doing the meditation (what’s to be embarrassed about? I don’t know but I am) and try it out. They speak of the “monkey mind” all those thoughts that keep bombarding your conscious mind all the time. Oh how I relate to that.
So to keep my body healthy I need to exercise, generally and the ones for my back issues and I think the meditation thing will help with the mind health as well if I can just get myself to get on with it.