As with most things in life, there are many different aspects of health and all aspects have the ability to play an influential role in one’s health status and healthcare. Mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual healths are important components and are necessary to successfully envision women’s health. Mental health refers to the use of our mental capacities, including how we handle situations and our ability to make sound decisions. Emotional health is measured by the ability to appropriately express feelings, as well as cope with problems. Physical health is the condition of the body’s organ systems and how it reacts when faced with illnesses or diseases. Friends, family, and peers influence social health; therefore, it focuses on the ability to interact effectively with others, as well as participate in meaningful relationships. Lastly, spiritual health pertains to the soul or spirit and focuses on an individual’s beliefs, faith, and relationship with God. I believe that health is an important concept that emphasizes the continual need to be a well-rounded person in many aspects of one’s life.
As a society, we are daily labeling the other people we interact with, whether it is intentionally or unintentionally; however, I found that brainstorming the labels I use to describe my identity was surprisingly difficult. I would say Caucasian, student, female, Christian, and money-conscious would be the top five contenders. I think the label that has the most impact on my health and health care would be student.
Healthcare in the United States can be extremely expensive; luckily, I am blessed to have insurance through my parents. Even though I do have health insurance, it is not ideal to spend any additional money on medicine or any other healthcare necessities, because working my way through college is difficult enough without any extra financial burdens. I think that my sense of identity as a student affects my healthcare, because I do not go to the doctor or take medicine unless it is absolutely imperative to my health. As a student, I am extremely busy with an overwhelming schedule and sometimes that means canceling a follow-up or check-up appointment. I think that in general, college students neglect their health due to time and money necessary to obtain the proper healthcare in the United States.