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A Better Way to Approach Health and Wellbeing

A Better Way to Approach Health and Wellbeing

When looking at your health, try not to pigeonhole yourself into focusing on one aspect, such as physical exercise, mental health or spirituality, for example. It's best to take a holistic approach to your overall wellness. What I mean by this is to take a step back, and look at your life from a bigger picture. Dive deep into your health, wealth, relationships, occupation, social groups, hobbies and daily rituals.

What do you see?

No one aspect of your life exists in isolation, independent of everything around it. For example, the quality of your relationships affects the quality of your health and vice versa.

To help you with your introspection, I have shared 6 pillars of health for you to think about and apply to your own life. Take a moment to write down habits and rituals you can Start, Stop or Continue doing in each of these pillars to help align your daily rituals with your health goals.

6 Dimensions of Health

  1. Physical health refers to the condition of the body, including factors such as fitness, nutrition, and disease prevention. To nourish physical health, engaging in regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and getting adequate sleep are important.
  2. Emotional health relates to a person's ability to manage emotions and cope with stress. To nourish emotional health, it is important to practice self-care, such as meditation or journaling, and to seek support from friends and family when needed.
  3. Cognitive health pertains to the function of the brain and includes aspects such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. To nourish cognitive health, engaging in activities that challenge the brain, such as reading, puzzles, and learning a new skill is important.
  4. Social health refers to a person's ability to form and maintain healthy relationships with others. To nourish social health, spending time with friends and family, engaging in social activities, and developing strong communication skills is important.
  5. Spiritual health relates to a person's sense of purpose and connection to something greater than themselves. Engaging in practices that align with one's personal beliefs and values, such as meditation, prayer, or volunteer work, is important to nourish spiritual health.
  6. Environmental health refers to the impact of our surroundings on our overall well-being. To nourish environmental health, it is important to be mindful of one's environmental impact and strive to live sustainably.

All these dimensions are interconnected, and nourishing them creates a sum greater than their parts. For example, physical health can impact emotional health, and emotional health can impact cognitive health. Additionally, a healthy environment can help improve overall physical and emotional well-being. Overall, by striving to nourish all six dimensions of health, we can achieve a holistic and balanced state of well-being.

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