This article is inspired by a slide presentation - entitled The Art Of Being Well - by medical doctor, writer and TV personality Drauzio Varella, who recommends seven things that we must do if we do not want to fall ill.
I'll share with you his headers and offer my take on what these seven mean to me.
If you don't want to fall ill, speak your feelings.
There's nothing like letting out all your pent-up feelings from deep within. Bottling them up will just raise your stress levels and cause all forms of internal imbalances, possibly resulting in ulcers, gastritis, backaches and, sometimes, even cancer.
If you don't want to be ill, make decisions.
When you are undecided about things, anxiety and doubt creep in. This could result in unnecessary trauma, worries and - many a time - relationship problems.
More often than not, procrastination will result in less-than-healthy outcomes.
If you don't want to be ill, find solutions.
Be positive and actively look for answers. Nip a small matter in the bud so that it will not have a chance to grow into an unmanageable animal.
If you don't want to be ill, don't live by appearances.
I am not referring to what we wear physically, but to any pseudo image we adopt that is far from our true selves. Being positive and true to oneself is the way to go.
As for the rest, in Dr Varella's words, "their destiny is the pharmacy, the hospital and pain".
If you don't want to be ill, accept.
Only by accepting ourselves can we boost self-esteem and eradicate all forms of negativity, such as jealousy, arrogance and envy. There is so much to benefit from by just being one with ourselves.
If you don't want to be ill, trust.
Without trust, there can be no true friendships. Your relationships will tend to be shallow and peripheral, and you would always be on your guard, your defences always up - but your resistance to ailments can only go down.
If you don't want to be ill, do not live life sad.
Someone once said: "Good humour saves us from the hands of the doctor." How true this is.
Take every opportunity to joke, laugh and be happy. These traits are highly contagious and, the more we spread these positive "viruses", the more folk around us cannot help but contract good health and peace of mind as well.
Live your life with some or all of the above in mind and you can expect to be rewarded with a positive spirit, a healthy mind, a vibrant aura and a holistic healthy disposition.
The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings' marketing division.
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