Health and Wellness
Such a broad subject, but it seems so simple. Believe it or not, there is more to it than cutting out fast food and hitting the treadmill a couple times per week. True wellness covers every aspect of your life and it is definitely a balancing act. To achieve wellness in your life, you need to balance a little more than just your diet. Mental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Environmental health are all in play here. These five corners of your life are the building blocks to being happy and healthy.
First up, mental health. Did you know that 26.2% of Adults in America have some sort of mental disorder? That’s roughly 1 in 4 adults. Mental health could be the most overlooked aspect of overall wellness. It is easy to brush it under the rug when we are having anxiety or depression, especially when we are over-stressed – which most of us are, all the time. Keeping your mental health in check takes understanding of yourself. You know how you are when you are happy, sad, excited. Only you can really identify your true mental state, along with the help of health professionals of course. Keeping yourself mentally stimulated can help with mental health as well, like puzzles, chess and situations where you really have to analyze your next move.
Next on the list is emotional health. While it is closely linked to mental health, emotional health pulls on your heart strings. We all know that our emotional health and mental health can coincide. It is important to look at all your relationships, not just romantic relationships, but friendships and your ties with family as well. Making sure that your relationships are healthy and not abusive (physically or emotionally) is a good place to start. You need a support group for when things may not be as awesome as always.
Physical Fitness. Yup, you know where I’m going with this. Exercise and eating right. Are you surprised? Nope, neither are we. Unfortunately, Americans take this part of our overall wellness for granted and definitely don’t give it the credit that it deserves. Taking care of your body from the inside out is vital to living a healthful and happy life. You know that your heart needs at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week and you know your body needs fruits, veggies, whole grains and limited sugar, salt and fay. We all KNOW that we need to work on our physical fitness, yet not many of us DO. Well, guys, this needs to improve! You only get one body, take care of it!
Spiritual. Staying spiritually grounded, no matter your beliefs, is important. Instead of looking at it in a religious kind of way, you can look at it as a strong moral compass. Understanding right from wrong and having morals of your own. This can be accompanied (or lead) by a religion, a spiritual guidance or simply your own motivation that drives you through life. Whatever your beliefs, a spiritual connection is a vital part of obtaining wellness. It is a piece of the pie that helps keep you grounded and at peace.
Last, but certainly not least, we have environmental health. This can include recycling, going green, and your overall eco-consciousness. The main goal is to support the planet that we call home, so we can all enjoy it as long as possible. Reducing your carbon footprint will encourage a peaceful feeling and brings a togetherness feeling. We are all a part of this world and helping out with the environment makes you a part of the bigger picture.
As you can see, wellness is a combination of aspects of your life that come together and bring peace, love and clarity to your life. There are many parts that come together and create overall wellness in your life. While it is overwhelming to think of working on all of these pieces of the pie at the same time, you can pick 2 or 3 to focus on at first. After a while, balancing life will be easy and you can truly enjoy your health and wellness.
References http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp