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Physical Wellness Indicates Physical Health

Anna Banana (34/52)Continuing on the topic of wellness, physical wellness is something that must be kept in mind because in order to achieve wellness in all the other aspects attainable you must remember being fit comes along with it. Most people do not understand that you can be fit, but that does not mean that you’re fit in a healthy manner. That also encourages questions about health to be asked. (Image by Suus Wansink via Flickr)

  • What do you think of, when you hear the term health?
  • What kind of picture is created in your head, when someone tells you, that they are healthy?

You probably already know that in order to prevent the occurrence of heart disease, you should eat foods that are less fatty, or to reduce the possibility of cancer should not smoke cigarettes, and also to practice preventive medical examinations.

But this is still not the whole picture of physical health. Other components are also important, including:

1. Social health, which is the ability to interact with people and the environment in which interpersonal relationships will be carried out with a pleasant feeling.

2. Mental health is the human ability to learn and to soar intellectually.

3. Emotional health is the ability to control emotions and opportunity for appropriate expression.

4. Spiritual health is a belief in a unified force, which is different from person to person.

So when we talk about health, we shouldn’t only focus on our body, but to be interested in social interaction, intellectual dimension, emotions and spirit. Health is the sum of the physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual status, and the balanced and healthy nutrition.

All these health components are present to a greater or lesser extent. If these components are balanced, then we can say that someone has a perfect wellness condition.

WHAT does it mean to be fit?

To be “fit” means to own all of the above identified aspects or components of fitness. But not only the physical but also the social, mental, emotional, spiritual, and the most important: balanced and healthy diet.

In the past, people significantly less get sick of modern diseases such as cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, etc… And it owes on the much more active and less stressful life, the organic and healthy food, and the soil at that time was much richer in minerals than today.

…More at Fitness And Healthy Diet – An Important Element Of Mental & Physical Health – Hive Health Media (blog)

As you see being physically well and fit is more than just being able to run a mile without huffing and puffing, but physical wellness embodies everything from eating right to thinking right.

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Defining Mental Disorder

judge me now, #2 in exploreWhen trying to take care of your mental wellness, you have to be aware of your mood and any changes in it. Mental disorders are common, whether they are short term or long term. The most important thing that you should now is what exactly is metal disorder? What is the definition of mental disorder? (Image by ashley rose, via Flickr)

A mental disorder is characterized by thoughts and behaviors that cause individuals to experience extreme problems in functioning in significant areas of their lives relationships, employment, education, financial well-being, even spirituality. Mental disorder is not short term, but it is also not necessarily permanent. By definition, mental problems must endure for a certain minimum period of time before a mental disorder can be diagnosed. Most mental disorders resolve after treatment with counseling, medication, or simply the passing of time.

Other mental disorders are lifelong and cause ongoing problems for those afflicted with them and for their families. If someone is mentally ill, he is not simply odd. Labels of mental disorder ought never to be applied without a professional assessment. Mental disorders are by definition serious disturbances. These are some common types of mental disorders:

Psychotic disorders are those that result in bizarre, paranoid, or delusional thinking. The most common one is schizophrenia. Individuals with psychotic illnesses manifest the symptoms most often thought of as crazy seeing or hearing things that are not there, making bizarre connections between unrelated events, or showing grossly inappropriate responses to ordinary occurrences.

Mood disorders are those that primarily affect a person’s emotional stability.

The most common are depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depression). Individuals afflicted with depression feel discouraged and hopeless almost every day, have lost interest in activities in which they used to take pleasure, and sometimes consider or attempt suicide. Those with bipolar disorder exhibit cycles of wildly changing emotions and behaviors. Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme nervousness, panic, or phobias.

Persons suffering from anxiety disorders cannot calm down, feel panicky much of the time, and have physical symptoms of constant nervousness. Those with post-traumatic stress may experience flashbacks of trauma and may react to loud noises or other reminders of the precipitating event.

Personality disorders are disturbances in thinking and behavior that are a part of a person’s basic character. They result in lifelong patterns of counter- productive behavior. Unlike the above mental disorders, personality disorders do not often respond to medications or short-term therapy.

…More at About Mental Illness | Definition and Key Thoughts of Mental Disorders

Now that you know an accurate definition of what mental disorder is and what mental disorders there are, you are able to assess if you might have one. Remember now your doctor should be the one to do a mental evaluation on you to see if you do have a mental disorder.

How to be Happy.

Smile and Think Happy Thoughts

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Show Those Pearly Whites

It takes more muscles to make a frown, so smile because it is a beautiful thing. It will not only make you feel better, but those around you will be influenced by your positive attitude and will smile back. Spread joy and happiness through your amazing smile. Here are some ways to bring out your glorious smile and make others smile around you: (Left: Image by shoothead via Flickr; Right: Image by nosha via Flickr)

  • Brush your teeth. Nothing beats a sparkling set of white teeth to boost your confidence.
  • Happy thoughts are the key to a happy smile. Make sure you think positive and not let any negative thoughts affect you.
  • A good deed. Share or help someone who needs a shoulder to cry on. Be a reason for their smile. 100 % smile guaranteed.
  • Eat healthy. Avoid food stuff that makes you feel lethargic. A healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables leads to healthy and happy lifestyle.
  • Sleep well. Take rest and do not stay up late. Nobody wants to see a grumpy face not even your mirror.

…More at Tips to keep smiling! – Times of India or just learn to be happy by reading this awesome non-fiction book available on Amazon, “Happiness in Seven Steps” by Lee G Lovett.

With these tips at hand flip that frown upside down and smile the biggest smile you can. Think positive and that will surely put and keep a smile on your face. Even I’ll smile a little more and so should you. Get that book, “Happiness in Seven Steps” –it really helps. 

How to be Happy.

Definition of Happiness

A Little Ray of SunshineJoy and happiness is what we all search for, but the real question is what exactly happiness is. Do we all have our own personal definition of happiness that we live by. This article explains what others believe happiness to be and what you should think of happiness being for you in your daily life to achieve happiness. (Image by aussiegall via Flickr)

Mired in this over stimulated environment, we are constantly reminded of our own inadequacy. (Oh, you finally lost those 10 pounds after giving birth six months ago? That’s nice. Gisele did it in two weeks. See this morning’s Google alert.)

Is it any wonder that so many of us devour books on happiness, open our wallets for life coaches and wellness retreats, and generally remain grumpy despite all the things we do have, always chasing that elusive state of “happiness.”

And, what is happiness, anyway?

Happiness: a state of contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.

Although, pleasurable and satisfying experiences sure are nice, I believe the Webster definition doesn’t really set our society up for success. I’d like to go out on a limb here and share my own definition of happiness:

Happiness: a timeless state of contentment due to embracing the control you have over your state of mind.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It would be really hard to be in a blissful state of mind each and every second of every day, but we get to choose which seconds define our day, our week and our lives. It is that choice and that control that I believe is true happiness.

Whether it’s a new computer or a new relationship, these external sources, although enjoyable, can distract us from our inner source of happiness — our control over our state of mind.

Happiness is not dependent on what the number on the scale says or whether you get that promotion at work or marry your college crush. Happiness is the ability to recognize and be okay with the fact that you won’t always feel — well — happy. Sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes we screw up. Sometimes, truly terrible things happen. If you can allow yourself to experience negative emotions, you will recognize that temporarily feeling bummed out about life’s small and sometimes large disappointments are natural and do not have to permanently distract or define you.

Knowing that you control your happiness and that no one can take it away from you or define it for you leaves you in charge.  One great nonfiction book to read that helps you get to your “happy place” is Happiness in Seven Steps by Lee G Lovett. Available at Amazon or click HERE to order a copy. 

…More at The Craze Behind ‘Happiness’ – Huffington Post

This is what I believe to be the definition of what happiness is and if you choose to believe this definition your life and state of mind will change for the better.

Nutrition and Wellness – Food For Your Mood

 

Food For Your Mood

Food is the key to being healthy, but only if you are eating the correct proportions and foods that are good for you. Yes, we all know that the foods that are extremely bad for us are really good, but we can’t eat them as much as we’d like. Maintaining a balance nutrition is vital in order to be healthy and have a much better attitude. You may not think that what you eat has an effect on your mood, but it definitely does.

 

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Although the research is not conclusive as to whether a link between mental or emotional health and nutrition exists, this topic does not seem to carry much controversy. The general consensus is saying that there is a connection, and eating healthy is a good idea for an overall wellbeing of the body. (Image by bangdoll@flickr via Flickr)

An informational packet called “Nutrition for Mental Health and Emotional Wellness” is a great starting resource if you would like to learn more about how food can change your mood or would like to know what foods you should be eating. 

The packet states that “Having a minimum of five portions, daily, of fresh fruit and vegetables provides the nutrients needed to nourish mind and body. By choosing foods that provide good energy and nutritional value, you can help nourish your body and mind.”

This resource lists essential vitamins, minerals and general nutrition that your body needs. In addition, there is information on links between the deficiencies of certain nutrients and problems such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability and insomnia.

The rest of the packet contains nutrition information about specific fruits, vegetables, fungi, seeds and meats as well as eight tasty recipes. While this is one helpful resource, there are many ways to educate yourself on nutrition and even its link to emotional wellness such as speaking to your doctor, doing research online or at a library or consulting a nutritionist.

You may also visit a store that focuses on nutritious foods and overall health, some even provide trained employees to help educate their customers and community. 

While it is not proven that food can cure depression or give you perfect emotional health, it seems to be working for people and at least worth a try. Please remember that this should not take the place of any medications prescribed by your doctor.

…More at Balance mind and body with food – The Clackamas Print

Knowing now how food can affect our mood, it’s time to add some healthier foods to our diets to give us more energy and maybe layoff the coffee to fuel us through the day.

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