With so many choices influencing your mental and physical endurance, the path to health and wellness can be complicated and confusing.
Every day that you work toward improving your mind, body, and spirit you maximize your opportunities for enhancing personal growth, leading to a more fulfilling and balanced life.
Consider and explore these five scientific explanations for how health and wellness are connected, and develop personal care strategies that foster overall well-being.
Health focuses on the physical and mental body being free from illness, injury or disease. Health is a goal you work to achieve. For example, managing chronic conditions such as lowering your blood pressure or controlling diabetes are goals to be reached, as are losing weight or strengthening your heart through cardiovascular exercise.
Wellness is the spirited process of change and growth that lasts for a lifetime. Wellness addresses a broader spectrum of your body; encompassing the overall balance of your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It speaks to the way you live your everyday life. It is not an end to be achieved, rather it is a lifestyle that you adopt.
Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain physical and mental well-being. It can help prevent or provide relief from many chronic conditions; this powerful effect leads to something experts call “compression of morbidity.” It essentially means you stay healthy longer in your later years, as compared with someone who spends the final five or 10 years of life battling chronic illness.
As well, exercise helps your body to produce endorphins; endorphins are chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. They can help you build confidence; making you more comfortable with how you look on the outside and how you feel on the inside.
In order to incorporate a fitness program into your already ultra-busy day, think of it as a new way of life instead of a destination. While it will take commitment, determination, and discipline it’s more important than ever to take care of the miraculous body you have been given.
Take time develop richer and more meaningful personal relationships. Maintaining a social network is not only fun, but can also play a vital role in your health. Socializing has been proven to have a positive impact both physically and mentally and can be the key to a lifetime of wellness.
If you’re looking to live a long and healthy life, start surrounding yourself with good friends. A study from Brigham Young University found that people with social relationships live 50 percent longer than people who are more socially isolated.
Developing a support system and meeting new friends can not only help you deal with stress and shield you from its side-effects, but it can also inspire you to take better care of yourself.
The biggest shift of the century has been the world wide web. The internet's steady stream of information and interruption can cause endless disruptions and distractions, easily leaving you feeling overwhelmed and frenzied.
Millions of people are recognizing the life-changing improvements and experiencing first-hand how mindfulness rewires the brain to foster well-being. They are living with greater consciousness, are more anchored in the present moment, and appreciating day-to-day life more fully.
Having a greater sense of well-being contributes to a more satisfied life. Research confirms what many religious and philosophical traditions have claimed for years, we experience our greatest joy when we are present and attentive. Practicing mindfulness will make it easier for you to be fully engaged and enjoy life’s pleasures.
Why should you care about how your brain works? Simply put, because it’s running the show!
Troublesome, but true, as we age our brains become muddled and begin to shrink in size; losing important functions in the process. The good news is that the brain responds to neuro-stimulation like the muscles do to physical exercise. Growing with use and withering away with inactivity, it’s like taking your brain to the gym. Practices that involve boosting brain function, heighten your awareness and senses.
By creating an environment in which the brain is ready, willing and able to learn, you are improving your potential to log-in and process new information. Keeping your brain sharp will develop critical thinking skills, foster creativity, enhance brainstorming exercises and improve time management skills.
A growing number of people are finding solace in the realm of spirituality. Whether through religion, meditation, yoga, or personal reflection it is an increasingly important aspect of the human function.
Because spirituality requires you to focus on your internal values and work on becoming a better individual, it encourages you to be positive and look at the world around you through empathetic eyes.
Research suggests that religion and spirituality may help you better cope with illness, depression and stress. And while it may not cure you, it can have a positive effect on your health. Medical studies show a connection between religious beliefs or practices and a decreased risk of self-destructive behaviors such as smoking, substance abuse, and suicide. Other studies suggest that people who have regular religious practices tend to live longer and may be better able to enjoy life despite health issues like chronic pain.
To live a long, full, and vital life you must maximize your level of well-being. Begin today to pursue personal growth; care for your mind, body, and spirit. If any of these areas are lacking you will not be living at an optimal level of health.
Take responsibility for yourself by balancing these five scientific explanations for how health and wellness are connected on a daily basis. Reap the rewards and enjoy a lifetime of well-being.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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