Developing Your Own Health Plan
Mark Twain once said, “The physician who knows only medicine, knows not even medicine.” In order to be skillful in the art of health and healing we need to start with ourselves. Your first patient is you. If you continuously explore how you define your own health, you will be more present and successful in helping your patients do the same. And more importantly, you will be more happy and fulfilled in your life’s work.
On average, we spend 7 years after college learning how to facilitate health for others. Very little of this time is spent learning how to do this for ourselves. The following activity is a tool that will help you with this exploration. It is only for you and will not be saved or reproduced in any way.
How we define our health is not something that remains constant over time. It is malleable and will change as you do. But there are some core underlying ingredients that should always be addressed throughout your career. This health plan will help you understand the importance of defining how these play a role in your life.
There are many influences on health, but for simplicity we will have you focus on five:
- Lifestyle: Physical Activity, Healthy Behaviors
- Family History
- Mind-Body: Stress Management, Emotional Health, Social Connection
- Spirituality: Finding a connection that results in meaning & purpose in your work