What Health Means to Me

- 3 mins

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

I’ve come to the realization that I have been conditioned to put my work and academics before my health and well-being. Lack of balance has led me to cycles of burnout and loss of what truly matters in life. At the end of the day, there will always be more work, and I am the only person who will put myself first. Our capitalistic and inequitable society is deeply unfit for living a healthy life, so we need to make institutional changes that serve us all while taking control of our own health and wellbeing.

By taking two classes related to China this semester, I’m gaining not only a deeper understanding of ancient Chinese medicinal practices, but also a greater perspective on the last century of turmoil that has made China what it is today. The course on ancient Chinese art has made me reflect on how Western/modern beliefs of health have arisen and how we can use traditional understandings of qi (vital) energy and yin-yang energy to live healthier lives, while the course on modern Chinese history has helped me see how my family’s journey has influenced my life as a Chinese-American woman.

I believe health is the single most important thing we possess, which is why the lack of adequate healthcare is often a tool to subjugate marginalized populations. Since health is one of the most important aspects of life, here is what prioritizing my health means to me:




What does health mean to you?

comments powered by Disqus
rss rss facebook twitter github gitlab youtube mail spotify lastfm instagram linkedin google google-plus pinterest medium vimeo stackoverflow reddit quora quora