The Special Benefits Of Health For HSPs

Do you know what it means to be healthy? Most people do not.

In our culture, health is often assumed to be the absence of visible symptoms of disease. That is a mistaken view of health.

So what is health?

What Is Health?

Health is a state of harmony between all aspects of your being. It is a state where you are able to function optimally. Health means that nothing is dragging you down: poor food that cogs your system, environmental toxins, poor digestion, stress factors that create the conditions for metabolic syndrome, toxic relationships, toxic work conditions.

Health is a state of perfect balance and well being where every aspect of your being is in sync with every other part of you. You are a fully functioning in the holistic sense.

You may be thinking that it is too good to be true. And yes I am describing ideal conditions that do not exist. However, more is possible than you may think.

Why Bother?

Once you have a picture of perfect health, of total well-being and perfect functioning you can begin to formulate a health plan. In health this is important. We are unlikely to create perfect conditions in our lives and in our health because life is not perfect. The good news is that nature has provided us with a cushion for life’s ups and downs: our immune system.

However, our immune system has its limits especially the immune systems of highly sensitive people which can be easily overwhelmed by stress and toxins. In order to prevent toxic overload you need to take into account your living situation and your medical vulnerabilities to begin to figure out what adjustments are necessary to bring your situational challenges in line with your capacity to handle them.

Here is a formula for toxic burden that you can use to consider how overwhelmed your body is: toxic food + environmental factors+toxic relationships+situational stress = toxic burden. Once you get a picture of your toxic burden you can consider how well your immune system can cope with it and how much you need to make changes in your life.

None of these factors are quantifiable. But they can give you a sense of how much toxicity your system is trying to handle and whether or not it is being overwhelmed by damaging factors. If you start stripping away toxic conditions in your life you can then at some point notice when what your system can handle is met by your environmental conditions.

You have reached a state of equilibrium.

Is Equilibrium Enough?

Equilibrium is good and beneficial. It will give you improved functioning and is healthier than what most people have. So it is a worthwhile goal. However, it is my personal feeling that when it comes to health, we are better off shooting for the stars.

Highly sensitive people naturally have a lot of energy flowing through them. Too much. So when we allow too many toxins in our bodies, we slow down the processing of all the energy we take in. For HSPs this is a painful situation.

Extreme Benefits Of Health For HSPs

Depending on your point of view it is an a blessing or a curse that highly sensitive people cannot really get away with anything in relation to their health. All toxins have an impact; they are inescapable. HSPs have the mind body connection in spades so there is a big upside to creating extreme health that is worth pursuing.

It can help you:

  • align more natural with your true self
  • make it easier to work
  • make you feel stronger and more resilient
  • make it easier to be in your natural creativity
  • make relationships easier, since toxins affect our personalities.
Pursuing excellent health is, frankly, a must for highly sensitive people. It also offers us the ability to come into our own, to blossom and contribute our talents more fully to the world. It also helps us find some much deserved joy.
That is worth a lot.

The Emerging Value Of Health

Health is emerging as the transcendent value that can solve the problems of our troubled world. The value of health is different from health itself. The value of health is a guiding light that illuminates our choices and helps make choices easier.

Health can be subtle.  A healthy society does maintenance.  It maintains everything, relationships, institutions, infrastructure, people, animals, plants, rivers. In short everything.  I was in a dentist office not too long go and the dentist was complaining that many young people do not want to brush their teeth because that takes their time from other things.  Unfortunately, the value of health and maintenance is a non-starter for many people in our highly competitive and consuming world.

The Benefit Of The Value Of Health

The value of health gives us some exceptional benefits:

  • It creates resilience.  Resilience is more than being able to withstand some adversity.  Resilience is also about laying and maintaining personal and community foundations that are sustaining and sustainable.
  • Health is not reckless.  It is the antithesis of recklessness. The value of health recognizes the interdependency of all life and recognizes that when we harm the web of life we harm ourselves.  So maintaining health in all things helps everyone.
  • Health is not adversarial.  It sees the value in all things and allows everything to contribute in its own way and minimizes the misuse of any aspect of our world.
  • Health creates a foundation that enables each person to evolve into their best self.  It minimizes interpersonal, societal and environmental damage that creates ill will and damage to the hopes and well-being of people, animals and nature.
  • The value of health is holistic and sees limits as productive, not as an enemy. It respects yesterday and the learning and progress it has brought, acknowledges the damage, and proceeds to build a world where what we have accomplished is put to use to create a sustainable world.  It does not see any one idea or thing as “the be and end all”, not religion, not science, not anything. The  value of health is open to the answers wherever they are found.
  • Health asks different questions because it sets different priorities.  It’s not about blame and fault.  It’s not really about failure.  It’s about what we are creating, and why and how to do it better.
  • Health is not ideological.  It transcends parties, religions, and cultural demographics.  It does not have an axe to grind.

The value of health allows us to create a constructive place where we can build on the best of the past in an inclusive way . We can benefit from all of the resources that have been built up, the skills we have created, and create a health-oriented, long-sighted world. In short, a world we want to live in.

One of the best aspects about the value of health is that there is nothing or no one to conquer.  It puts us all on the same page not in terms of identity or culture but in terms of how we operate in the world and in terms of what we are creating in the world. Because of that, it offers us the chance for some serious peace.