Being healthy is not just about taking care of your body. You have a lot more areas of your lifestyle to take care of than just your physical body. Today we’re taking a look at some areas you may have neglected over the years and how you can start transforming all aspects of your health.
So many of you consider a healthy lifestyle in the context of losing weight, but there are many other aspects of health that you need to look out for. Being healthy is not just about eating right!
Personally, I think the key to a healthy life is living a healthy lifestyle to give yourself the best chance of avoiding chronic illness.
It is easy to neglect to take care of ourselves because when we are busy and overwhelmed we just don’t seem to be able to find the time to take care of ourselves. Self-care prevents “overload burnout” and reduces the negative effects of stress. Hence, it is vital to your health.
There is no doubt that eating and exercising properly are vital to your body as it uses enough water. “Calorie intake” must be counteracted by “calorie intake”. Therefore, making good food choices, supported by exercise, is indeed crucial to the best possible care for your body.
You will feel better if you eat and exercise right, but you need to do more to feel good. A healthy lifestyle has to be your priority. Take care of your body, but also your mind and your general well-being.
As a personal trainer and now as a life coach, I challenge my clients to strike a good balance between all important areas of life.
I also teach them about the importance of wellness
According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not just the absence of illness or ailment.” In other words, your health is about much more than physical ailments – it is also about emotional and discomfort social fitness.
“The natural healing power in each of us is the greatest power to become healthy.” ~ Hippocrates
The best way to look at all aspects of a healthy lifestyle is to consider your wellbeing.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of a healthy and fulfilling life and making decisions. Wellness is more than disease free, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Definition of wellness
“… a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of illness or infirmity.” The World Health Organization
For us, wellness is an opportunity to actively work towards better health. There are 8 areas that make up wellness, and your goal must strike a balance between them all.
Eight dimensions of wellbeing
There are eight dimensions of wellbeing: professional, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social and intellectual. Each dimension of wellbeing is linked to another. Each dimension is equally important in the pursuit of optimal health.
Emotional wellbeing refers to understanding your feelings and effectively managing stress through self-care, relaxation, stress relief, and developing internal resources so that you can learn and grow from experience.
You have to start with your emotional health. You can’t avoid the recent surge in mental health news. In our stressful society, it has become a serious problem. We are slowly coming to the fact that mental wellbeing is just as important to our overall health as physical fitness. Your state of mind affects everything from your blood pressure to hormones to your resting heart rate.
We humans are often exposed to emotions, some positive, some negative. It is important for your health that you manage your feelings and deal with the negative harmful ones when they arise.
How good is your emotional wellbeing? Check yourself against these statements:
- I can ask / seek help when I need it.
- I value self-exploration and self-improvement.
- I can recognize and manage the various stressors in my life.
- I have a sense of fun and laughter.
- I can feel and label my feelings.
- I express my feelings appropriately.
- I have a sense of control in my life and can adapt to changes.
- I can comfort or comfort myself when I am in trouble.
- Others would describe me as emotionally stable.
Environmental wellness encourages us to live a lifestyle that respects our surroundings. This realm encourages us to live in harmony with the earth by taking steps to protect it. It promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment.
How good is your ecological well-being? Check yourself against these statements:
Your environment and the larger global environment play a role in your wellbeing. How you understand it, how you interact with it, and how its effects contribute to the way you live. Ask yourself:
- I care and respect the environment and my community.
- I am aware of the risks in my environment and adapt my lifestyle accordingly.
- I keep a calm home environment.
- I like to take care of my living space and create a positive place.
- I try to lead an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
- It is important to me to find out about issues of global environmental importance and to do my part to combat them.
With Financial Wellness you can successfully manage your financial expenses. Financial stress is a repetitive source of stress, anxiety, and fear for students.
How good is your financial wellbeing? Check yourself against these statements:
- I have developed a financial plan for my future and have a balance between spending for the present and saving for the future.
- I budget my expenses every month.
- I have enough money to make a living.
- My beliefs / values around money are consistent with my behavior.
- I have a healthy relationship with money.
Professional wellbeing is about enjoying your job and recognizing your contributions. This dimension of well-being promotes personal satisfaction and enrichment of one’s life through work.
How good is your professional well-being? Check yourself against these statements:
- I have a balance between work and the other areas of my life.
- My work has a purpose.
- I enjoy my work and like to do what I do
- I use my skills and personal talents in the role I have at work
- I’m doing the job I want to do
- My work doesn’t bother me very much
- I am optimistic about my current career and my career goals.
Intellectual wellbeing means being open when you come across new ideas and expanding your knowledge further. It encourages active participation in school, cultural and community activities.
How good is your intellectual wellbeing? Check yourself against these statements:
- I am looking for new challenges.
- I have certain intellectual goals.
- I have mentally stimulating interests or hobbies.
- I have positive thoughts (low levels of negativity and cynicism).
- I would consider myself a lifelong learner.
- I put time and energy into professional and personal development.
Physical wellbeing refers to maintaining a healthy body and finding care when needed. The one area that you all consider when thinking about a healthy lifestyle. Physical health is achieved through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, paying attention to the signs of illness, and getting help when needed.
How good is your physical well-being? Check yourself against these statements:
- I get enough sleep and wake up rested.
- I regularly eat nutritious meals that will give me the energy I need to get through the day.
- I get a total of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
- I eat a balanced and nutritious diet.
- I practice safe sex.
- I do not use alcohol or in moderation, am a non-smoker, and avoid street drugs.
- I am generally disease free.
- I am a reasonable weight for my height.
Social wellness helps you to perceive social roles effectively and comfortably and to build up a support network. This dimension of wellbeing allows you to develop not only encouraging relationships with your peers, but also intimate relationships with romantic partners.
As important as eating right and exercising, you’ll never miss an important family event, an evening with your best friends, or a meal with your family. We are social beings, and whether extroverted or introverted, investing time and effort in our close social ties is critical to our continued mental health
How good is your social wellbeing? Check yourself against these statements:
- I find the time to have healthy relationships with friends and family.
- I feel part of a group or community and don’t feel isolated.
- I respect others and their cultural identities.
- I am able to resolve conflicts in all areas of my life.
- I am aware of other people’s feelings and can respond appropriately.
- I have at least three people with whom I have a close, trusting relationship.
- I am aware and able to set and respect my own limits and those of others.
- I have satisfactory social interactions with others.
Your spiritual wellbeing encompasses your ability to discover meaning and purpose in your life and shows how much you are in touch with your values, morals, and a higher spiritual force
How good is your spiritual wellbeing? Check yourself against these statements:
- I feel a general sense of peace and well being in my life.
- I am aware of my own values and beliefs and respect the values and beliefs of others.
- I believe my life has meaning and direction.
- I practice meditation, pray, or practice growth.
- I have a general feeling of calm.
- I believe in a higher power.
- I have a purpose in my life.
- I trust others and can forgive and let go of others and myself.
To be healthy, you need to make a conscious choice that each of these areas is in a good place. Making time for each of them will make sure you have time to care for your health.
“There isn’t a big step taking that. There are many small steps. “-Unknown
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