Dear Friends of Bridge to Health,
As we pen this last newsletter for 2019, we hope you have enjoyed the overarching annual theme of “Health as a Journey”. Over the course of the year, we have looked at:
- the challenges and fears that delay us in getting serious about a plan for health;
- the merits of being “holistic” and systematic in developing a dashboard of health indicators, of planning and monitoring progress;
- the argument that poor health or chronic disease should not be a “show-stopper”, but on the contrary a catalyst for meticulously planning the health journey;
- how one can inflex that journey to incorporate a “crazy project” that takes us way out of our comfort zone, yet plan for success and the avoidance of any adverse health effects; and
- how one negotiates the implementation of the health plan with a social environment at home, work or play that might be intent on derailing it!
Health experts are now forecasting the prospect of life-expectancy taking many of our patients into their 10th and even 11th decades of life. But such eye-watering longevity is only worthwhile if we can secure the conditions of mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body – for that same period of existence.
“How can I go about delivering that miracle?” I hear you ask. Well for starters, by developing a lifelong perspective on health that “boxes clever” with the ageing process; whereby we hold ourselves accountable in our health choices of today for their long-term impact, and by being as holistic, systematic and “dashboard based” over the long term as for our dash to the next spring holiday.
Read on and be inspired by the insights of my colleagues on this critical theme…
For the record, I should state that many of you have already taken the core message of this newsletter to heart in investing over many years in health maintenance plans with our therapists that typically include a quarterly osteopathic treatment, a one to one initiation to Pilates, a monthly therapeutic massage and a yearly nutrition MOT – all of which for a fee comparing favourably which that which we might allocate to the annual maintenance of a car.
On a closing note, I suggest that you ask Santa Claus to stuff this gem of a book into your Christmas stocking: “Younger Next Year".
I will also take this opportunity to thank you all warmly for the trust you place in Bridge to Health and wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and good health, accomplishment and serenity throughout 2020.
Yours in health,