Health and nutrition have a universal definition, but each person’s ‘healthiest’ level differs depending on the environment, mindset, body and people surrounding us. This makes us aware of the health needs of every person and the areas that need definite improvement to increase overall well-being of the individual.
Two persons might weigh the same, be of the same height and do the same set of activities yet their physique is completely different from each other. This is mainly because of the way in which each person’s body assimilates nutrients, processes exercise routines and emotionally remains fit. Given below are the major areas that define wellness of an individual.
We cannot always choose the environment in which we live, work or play but what surrounds you while you work, sleep at home or the neighborhood as such has a tremendous impact on your health. Taking precautionary measures to keep our environment safe as much as possible and limiting exposure to harmful substances can help to keep you as healthy as possible. Some critical steps to maximize environmental health include:
Make your home as healthy as possible by discarding harmful substances such as certain chemicals and items. Always use a non-toxic product to clean anything, keep a door/window always open to maximize air circulation and ventilation, mop floors using disinfectant and wash your hands as much as possible.
Spring is an attractive season with blooming flowers and greenery around but can also cause airborne substances to attack our nose through wind and breeze. Runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing appear out of nowhere indicating the presence of an allergy. Avoid these by staying inside as much as possible and avoid pollens inside the house by washing yourself and your clothes as well once you are back. Changing your bedding and even vacuuming the floor every now and then minimizes allergy attack.
Guard yourself against the scorching sun by taking some precautionary measures such as wearing sunglasses, drinking abundant water, restricting activities during early morning/late evening times, wearing hats, full-sleeved dresses and using sunscreen to protect your skin and watching your fitness regimen as you might suffer from dehydration sometime. At the same time, cold winter air can also harm your health. It is recommended to cover yourself well using blankets, socks, slippers and multi-layer clothing to stay warm.
An overall combination of sun, wind, pollution and allergic particles can induce breathing difficulty. When an individual is exposed such high levels of unhealthy air, the side effect can last for few months or even years.
One feels good when he/she has the ability to appreciate the good things. Mentally and emotionally strong people are better equipped to handle difficult situations in life which is also called as resilience. Stay emotionally strong by surrounding yourself with positive people, developing healthy habits, forgive yourself for your mistakes, do good to others every day and feel happy reminding yourself of such acts daily.
Avoid stress as much as possible as it impacts your day-to-day functioning and health. A little stress can give you the competitive edge but when it crosses the threshold, the same stress becomes disastrous rather than being helpful. Find easy and practical ways to minimize stress from various techniques and strategies available at www.firsteatright.com.
Sleep is what we neglect the most to fit in every activity of ours in the schedule. One often foregoes the fact that sleep is a part of the schedule otherwise it affects a person’s well-being. It helps you stay alert, think well and safeguard mental and physical health. We must refrain from using smartphones once we lie down in our bed and keep our sleep surrounding dark and comfortable to sleep well.
Death of a loved one often moves a person into distress and people find various ways out to cope with it. Some take the support of family members while others immerse themselves in work to avoid other thoughts. There is no right or wrong way to mourn but it is necessary to overcome sadness to avoid draining yourself emotionally and sulking into depression.
Stay connected with people (for instance, family members, marriage partner, friends, neighbors and so on) as this has a positive impact on well-being and our body functioning too.
Physical wellness is a familiar concept to most of you following the blog articles and there are five main concepts surrounding which our physical health exists. Those include staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a wholesome well-balanced diet, maintaining your metabolism and building healthy habits.
The relationship one maintains with the others helps the person sail through the world. Your everyday experiences teach you to how to talk with others, express yourself and build positive social habits.
It is necessary to maintain a social network to improve well-being and longevity.
One must ensure to take care of himself/herself in the process of taking care of others. This can involve taking short breaks in between, joining some support groups to exchange ideas and find solutions to tackle problems and pursuing hobbies/activities of interest.
Environment plays a pivotal role in shaping your activity and weight measurements too. The people surrounding you, where you work and what type of work you do impact physical activity levels.
Parents must spend sufficient time bonding with their kids. A parent is expected to be loving, strong, strict, available, sensitive and responsive to his/her kid. A child’s self-confidence and behavior are molded by the strength of the bond between the child and parent. Assign child-friendly jobs to your kid, speak frankly about his/her ideas and goals, work together on a problem, do activities together, take your kid to his/her favorite performances and keep yourself away from mobiles during playtime with your kid.
Train your kids to be healthy by setting an example. Eat healthy food and do physical activity regularly and your little one will automatically follow suit. By doing this, you are setting an example for a lifetime!
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.