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Physical wellness refers to the choices we make that ensure good health, help us to avoid preventable diseases, and support a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit. While most people might immediately think of exercise, this is an important aspect but not the only thing that requires attention when focusing on one’s physical wellness. Physical wellness also includes appropriate sleep, hygiene, and a healthy diet.
“Achieving a good level of physical wellness supports you in developing personal responsibility for your own health and taking accountability for your chosen lifestyle.”
Giving appropriate focus to your physical wellbeing and making positive lifestyle choices can help to prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, that can seriously affect long-term health. Dedicating some time each week to maintaining a good level of physical activity can also help to reduce high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, heart disease, and weakened bones and muscles.
Below are some questions to think about when assessing your physical wellness.
Do you have a physical schedule that supports general good health?
Have you had a physical examination in the last two years?
Are you getting enough quality sleep? If not, what’s stopping you?
Here are 5 top tips to help kickstart your journey into boosting your emotional wellbeing:
This can be achieved by avoiding screens for 30 minutes before bed to fall asleep faster, incorporating a relaxing wind-down ritual (such as calming music, and perhaps light stretching or yoga), and blocking out unnecessary light and noise e.g. with blackout curtains and a white-noise machine). The NHS[i] suggests that most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep every night. By working out what time you need to wake up, you can set a regular bedtime schedule.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day and try to find time for more vigorous exercise for additional health and fitness benefits. Also, try and minimise time spent sitting down and break it up with standing up and short walks. It is a good idea to see your doctor before starting your physical activity program if you are over 45 years old, at higher risk of heart disease or have existing heart problems or other medical issues you think might be affected.
By eating a variety of nutritious foods and controlling your meal portions. A popular and rather ‘handy’ way to monitor your single servings can be to use the following: carbs and fruit = size of your fist, protein = the size of your palm, cheese and nuts = size of your thumb, fats = size of your fingertips, vegetables = the size of your hand. Good Housekeeping have a great article on the method which you can read here.
Which can not only help you ward off illnesses, but help make you feel good about yourself and thus give your mental health a boost. Adopt a regular cleansing routine, including regular bathing, washing of hands and brushing/flossing teeth.
Staying in tune with your body and knowing what your ‘normal’ is will help you to recognise when you might be overdoing things or coming down with an illness, which can help you to avoid symptoms becoming worse and an increased recovery time.
It should be noted that the path to wellness is not one size fits all, but the common thread for everyone is that wellness requires a holistic approach. The eight pillars are not prescriptive but should help form the basis of a personalised journey.
While there are many ways for you to take charge of your relational wellness, the help, guidance, and experience of a wellness professional can give you the boost you need, when you need it most.
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 Ask the Scientists. The 8 Pillars of Holistic Health and Wellness. Available at https://askthescientists.com/pillars-of-wellness/. [Last accessed 22.06.2021].