Holistic Health

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Body Soul Spirit

Health is the greatest gift. Buddha

Is your way of life wearing you down? Is your lifestyle beneficial to your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, or are you making it difficult for yourself? Your nutrition, exercise habits, and daily routines all play a role in your general health. This article will help you determine if your lifestyle needs to be modified to achieve personal peace and wellness.

For most of my adult life, I've been interested in health and wellness. In light of my health issues, I always want to learn as much as possible about how to be as healthy as possible and assess my health outside the doctor's office.

Health should be approached in a holistic way that considers your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Finding balance in these areas is the way to feel healthy and become empowered to live your life to the fullest.

Definition of Healthy

The official definition of health — at least, the one used by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

How do you know whether you meet that criteria? Your healthcare practitioner, trained to assess every area of your health, is the best person to answer that question. However, for the most part, some broad signals indicate health.

According to a recent study, just a tiny percentage of people meet the criteria for leading a healthy lifestyle. According to the study, only 3% of American people scored perfect on the four essential criteria for healthy living, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Only 13.8 percent satisfied three of the criteria, while 34.2 percent only matched two. Women outperformed men by a tiny little bit.

See how well you measure up on the researchers' four keys to healthfulness:

• Do you smoke?

• Are you able to maintain a healthy weight (a BMI of 18-25), or are you successfully losing weight to attain a healthy weight?

• Do you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily?

• Do you exercise 30 minutes or more, five times a week?

While those four factors are indisputably crucial for a healthy lifestyle, I argue that more factors should be considered, such as mental and spiritual health because you are more than just a body.

Considering all areas, I have come up with my version of what it means to be healthy. Read on to discover what I mean.

A Healthy Body

Good Nutrition

Good nutrition can have a lasting impact on our health and wellness, from preventing lifestyle diseases to reducing inflammation and supporting muscle growth and repair.

If you're not sure what healthy eating entails for you, spend some time learning about the variety of foods you should consume each day to achieve your macronutrient and micronutrient targets and ensuring you have the energy to complete your daily tasks.

Eating healthy food should be a part of your daily routine. You may take a thoughtful approach to your nutrition after understanding the fundamentals of healthy eating, which will help you maintain a daily food consumption while keeping healthy.

Exercise and Movement

There are numerous advantages to exercising consistently, including reducing stress, improving sleep, and increasing mood. Going to the gym or doing the same thing every day isn't always necessary for good exercise.

Incidental exercise, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking an extra stop to catch the bus, can help you meet your movement goals even when you don't have scheduled workouts.

When you have a specific fitness goal, following a structured personal training program can help you achieve that goal.

Always listen to your body and adjust your exercise according to how you feel.

Getting Proper Sleep

Another vital part of being healthy is to prioritize sleep. Your body's cells repair as you sleep, giving your body time to adjust. Small improvements to your sleep can have a significant influence on your overall health over time.

A Healthy Mind

Being healthy means more than just looking after your physical body — positive thoughts and a healthy mindset are also critical to your wellbeing. If there are areas of your life causing you stress, taking steps to cultivate a positive attitude can help to improve how you feel.

Get Plenty of Sunlight and Fresh Air

Vitamin D can be obtained through sunlight. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for our bodies and minds. It aids the release of chemicals that increase our mood, such as endorphins and serotonin, in our brains. When you get the opportunity, get out in the sun. A daily dose of 30 minutes to two hours of sunlight is recommended. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs when people do not get enough sunlight throughout the winter (SAD). Some people find that utilizing a particular light-therapy lamp can help them feel better.

Connect with Others and Be Sociable

Make an effort to establish positive relationships and speak with people whenever possible. Friendship is beneficial not only for your self-esteem but also for providing support when you're not feeling well. According to studies, just ten minutes of conversation with people can improve memory and test performance!

Helping others is beneficial not just to the individuals you are assisting but also to you. Helping others can boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself. Feeling like you're part of a community is crucial to your mental health. You may volunteer for a local charity or simply be a good neighbor.

Stimulate Your Mind

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you're good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

Challenge yourself. Learn a new skill or set a challenging goal. Try something different, commit to learning something new, learn a new computer skill or take a class somewhere. Learning improves your mental fitness.

Finally, one of the most crucial aspects of maintaining mental health is recognizing when you're not feeling well and knowing when to get help. Talking about your feelings might help you maintain excellent mental health and cope with difficult situations. If you're feeling down or worried, there's no shame in asking for help. Everyone has periods in their lives when they don't feel as wonderful as they should. You can seek help from friends or family, as well as a therapist, counselor, or coach.

Spiritual Health

A meaningful life, transcendence, and actualization of the many dimensions and capacities of being human are all examples of spiritual health. Spiritual health brings the physical, psychological, and social aspects of existence into harmony.

Spiritual health includes an individual's feelings about a supreme power, having balance, peace, and vitality and feeling empowerment, hopeful, and satisfied.

The secret of good spiritual health is hope and faith. An Arabian proverb says, "He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything." The word hope means having confidence, looking to God for our everything. It involves trusting God to be God.

Spiritual health activities include meditating, praying, and being mindful.

When you are healthy, you will feel well: physically, mentally, and spiritually—being healthy means feeling your best.

Choosing to be healthy doesn't have to be complicated. When you find balance in your life, you are on the right track to feeling your best!


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