Basic—not shallow. What are the three secular pillars of physical health?
- Healthy Sleep
- Healthy Exercise
- Healthy Nutrition
That’s all. I don’t know of any existing name for them, that’s why I gave them one. I call them secular because they don’t depend on any religion or set of beliefs. Their positive impact on health has been established empirically in the relevant bodies of scientific literature.
To be clear, there’s more to physical health, like saving for emergencies, nurturing a wholesome relationship with our body, reducing stress, being mindful of hygiene, seeking out adequate medical care, attending periodic health screenings, abstaining from smoking and other harmful habits, and avoiding traffic accidents, STDs and other perils. These pillars are just a starting point. And yet, so many people screw them up. I screw them up too. But I continue to fight the struggle to get them right. I do value my health.
Beyond Physical Health
Beyond physical health lies mental health. Both in the clinical sense of the word and in the sense of training the mind. Even people without mental health problems can benefit from developing wholesome emotions (on how to cultivate those, see Anālayo 2015 — free legal ebook here).
I don’t have all the answers. If you’d like, you could reflect on the pillars to see if any of them need reinforcement in your life or if you could help a loved one with establishing them. I know that’s what I’ll be doing in the next few days.