Poor health habits combined with a stressful lifestyle can contribute to excessive wear and tear on our bodies, resulting in various health problems and a poor quality of life.
The purpose of this article is to educate you regarding the healthy living paradigm, enabling you to achieve and maintain physical and mental well being. Emphasis is on stress and lifestyle management to help you achieve your life purpose.
Common symptoms of increased stress level:
Prolonged exposure to stress increases your risk of everything from heart disease, obesity, and infection to anxiety, depression, and memory problems.
Common symptoms of poor health habits:
Ranging from various diseases, pre-mature aging, increased incidence of injuries, mental and emotional unrest and overall poor quality of life.
Components of a health living paradigm:
Exercise: Need to do some form of exercise everyday. Important for circulation, heart, lungs, musculo-skeletal and nervous system. Choose an activity you enjoy and are able to perform without any major limitations. Examples: walking, bike, weight training, Yoga, Tai chi, swimming, hiking, etc.
Proper diet: “You are what you eat”. A proper diet is essential for a healthy mind and body. Important to follow a sound nutrition program for ideal body weight and to maintain physical and mental well-being. Don’t get caught up in new fads and diets. Eat a well balanced meal.
Mind/Body awareness: Very important to be aware of yourself and your surroundings for injury prevention and healthy living.
Avoiding health hazardous activities/habits: avoid smoking (increased risk of spinal disc problems amongst other things), alcohol, drugs, etc. Importance of avoiding these cannot be emphasized. Sooner or later your poor habits will catch up.
Sleep: “Sleep is the mother of healing”. Important to get adequate and proper sleep. Going to bed early and rising early will keep you in sync with rhythms of nature. If you go against nature you will lose.
Appropriate rest: It is essential to take time out to rest and decompress. Take time out to relax and do things you enjoy. It allows you to re-charge mentally and physically.
Meditation/Stress Management: In this hyperactive, over stimulated, world of ours, meditation is essential for everyone. Not necessarily for spiritual reasons, but to give us time to digest our thoughts, emotions and feelings. For mental, emotional and psychological well-being important to meditate everyday.
Proper relationships: Today’s fast moving world is filled with separation and lack of strong support networks. It is essential for all of us to foster and work towards building strong support network comprised of family and friends. It gives us the backbone to accomplish our life purpose.
Here are some resources on Meditation
- Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband For Meditation: Electronic brain sensing headband that helps measure your brain signals. It gives you visual and auditory feedback to help manage stress.
- Michie, David. Hurry Up and Meditate. Your Starter Kit for Inner Peace and Better Health.
- Williams, Mark and Danny Penman. Mindfulness. An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
- Kabat-Zinn. Wherever You Go There You Are.
- Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Miracle of Mindfulness. An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation.
*This information is for education purposes only. Please consult your Physician, Physical Therapist or Wellness Practitioner before starting any rehabilitation, wellness or fitness program. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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