Updated: Dec 3, 2020
So, what exactly is overall wellness? And how can it be achieved?
Wellness is a state of being; a way of life… a state of complete physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational and environmental well-being. It can be achieved by practicing daily mindfulness and aligning our lives with our values.
There are 7 aspects of wellness. Today, let’s focus on the physical aspect.
Physical wellness relates to physical activity, healthy nutrition, and the right amount of sleep.
Full body movement is my favorite subject to talk about and I could get long winded. But let’s keep it short… Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, boost self-esteem, minimize stress, and enhance cognitive functioning. We all feel way better after moving our body. Body movement increases blood flow to the body and brain, delivering much needed oxygen to every cell in the body.
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— Mindful eating
What does your body want and need? Choose healthy food more often than not. Prepare each meal with love and care. Make time to sit down for your meal instead of eating on the go. Savor every bite, notice the smell, notice the texture and take smaller bites to allow better digestion.
Easy Mindful Eating Tips:
Listen to your body and stop when you are full.
Eat when your body gives you signs of being hungry. Ex: low energy or growling tummy
Eat 3 main meals and 2 snacks a day… sitting down at a table with family or friends.
Eat healthy foods that give you energy and filled with nutrients.
Don’t multi task when eating. Focus only on eating.
— Restful sleep
Doctors recommend a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night. It is said that the hours before midnight are generally the most rejuvenating. A good tip is to sleep eight hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which will leave you more rested than if you sleep eight hours between midnight and 8 a.m.
As you can see, physical wellness is something that can be easily incorporated in our daily lives. It requires us to be mindful of what we do and to be in the moment. Not much of a surprise there. Movement seems to be the logical thought here.. yes it is important to move. A good tip that can help is to remember that your heart requires the help of other muscles to pump the blood throughout your body. The heart was never meant to do all the work on its own. In fact.. our calves are considered to be our “second heart”.
Yours in health ~ Nancy Shimmy