Daily Archives: July 20, 2012

What is good health to you?

Health is personal.

My definition of ‘I am pretty healthy’ will probably mean something very different to what ‘being healthy’ means to you. No surprises there.

When we’ve spoken with people about this topic it has been something of a surprise to hear people’s different definitions and how they describe their current health.

What I know for sure, is that my definition does not always agree with my physician’s view.

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So my doctor told me to reduce my stress levels

What a wonderful new world.

OK. I know I needed to reduce my stress levels and get more exercise, so this sounded like the perfect solution. I’m an animal lover and have had a number of German Shepherds over the years and they have all turned out to be great companions. Great stress relievers and a terrific form of forced exercise.

But…

I had forgotten how much hard work a puppy is. Particularly a German Shepherd puppy.

And this one is smart! She had us completely fooled. When we picked her up she was an angel. Quiet. Contented. Very cuddly. But that was a con!

Two weeks later we have a tornado on our hands. A very lovable one to be sure, but a tornado none the less.

Over the months her exploration of her world have certainly help me de-stress after a hard day at the office and the early morning walks in the park are a delight that sets the tone for the beginning of a new day.

What’s this to do with healthcare? Not a lot for you., but I am sure Nina has made an impact on my health. After all, pet owners do live longer (should be, probably is, a bumper sticker!).