The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of Wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment. https://nationalwellness.org/about-nwi/
The National Institute of Health states, “An underappreciated primary cause of most chronic conditions is the lack of sufficient daily physical activity. Physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.” Even just a small increase in daily activity such as walking for 30 minutes can make a significant improvement. So, what can we do to make a positive shift either for us or for someone we know?
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s 30 minutes a day at least 5 days per week; and that’s just cardio exercise. We are also advised to weight train for 30 minutes at least 2x per week. That brings us up to 200 minutes per week of activity. With an average of only 14 minutes of daily exercise, we aren’t even getting 100 minutes a week. We’re in trouble.
In this issue we provide a wide variety of resources for a Healthy and balanced mind, body and soul. Make use of the tips, articles, and solutions to get a reset for a healthier you!
Contributing Writer Brodderick D. Roary, provides a compelling article on Emotional wellness is just as important as physical health for living a balanced and fulfilling life. Emotional wellness includes having a positive self-image, managing stress effectively, and cultivating healthy relationships. Achieving emotional wellness requires self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy coping skills. While it can seem daunting, making slight changes in your daily life can have a big impact over time. Focusing on consistency rather than perfection is key. Your emotional health and happiness are worth the effort.
Brodderick D. Roary
Dr. Umieca Hankton (Dr. U.) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of mental health treatment experience across multiple treatment settings. She is the founder of UNH Counseling Services, a behavioral health agency that deliberately focuses on the psychological health and wellness of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, college students, and clergy. To learn more about THRIVING, treatment options, and services offered. http://www.UNHCounselingServices.com
Dr. Umieca Hankton, PhD
HEALTH IS WEALTH
When you think about the word “health,” which area of health immediately comes to mind? Do you find that you instantly think about your physical and mental health? How often do you consider your sexual, spiritual, social, occupational, or financial health? Believe it or not, when exploring our “health and wellness” needs, we should view wellness from a “whole health” lens. We are multi-dimensional individuals involved in a plethora of fascinating ventures. Therefore, it should not be surprising that, as multi-dimensional individuals, our focus should also be multidimensional when we address wellness. Attention to our “whole” health can potentially increase our overall quality of life and save us money.
The bottom line is a few simple steps can go a long way toward improving your eating pattern and wellness. Still, if you’re trying to live a healthier life, do not just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep, mediation and social relationships are also important. With the evidence-based tips above, it’s easy to introduce small changes that can have a big impact on your overall health.
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