5 key factors for optimum health
Like a plant that leans towards the light, we all long for optimum health and happiness but what's holding you back from being truly healthy and happy? Here are 5 important key factors that support complete wellness. Food Food is everything when it comes to nourishing our bodies. What we chose to eat has a powerful and important impact on how we feel and think. But if you eat healthily and are unhappy in certain areas of your life, you run the risk of getting sick. It's important to find happiness and balance in all areas of your life; relationships, career, spirituality, and physical movement are some examples of the bigger players that govern our individual blueprints for overall wellbeing. Relationships From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep you most likely are in contact with many people. Whether it’s immediate family, work, neighbours or acquaintances. We surround ourselves with people either directly or indirectly throughout our lifetime so it’s important to make sure that these relationships are meaningful and healthy. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in relationships with toxic people because we feel obliged to but If you subject yourself to an abusive relationship on a daily basis whether it’s at work or at home, there’s no amount of kale that will make you happy or healthy. Career Do what you love and love what you do. Let’s face it, you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week working at a job or career for most of your working life. If you work 40 hours a week, that totals to 1920 hours a year, assuming that you take 4 weeks vacation time. If you work for a total of 30 years, that totals to 57,600 hours in your lifetime. Make sure that what you do every day is something that makes you happy and fulfilled. If changing your job or career is totally out of the question then find ways to love what you're doing. It all boils down to perception and how you deal with the situation that you're in. Spirituality Believing in something or someone greater than yourself is proven to increase happiness and longevity. Have you heard of the Blue Zones? A Blue Zone is an area that is a longevity hotspot. A demographic area where people live very long lives, many reach 100 years of age without trying. In all 5 Blue Zones; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece and Okinawa, Japan, the centenarians were asked a list of questions, developed by the National Institute on Aging. They concluded that there were 9 basic key factors that influenced longevity and health. You guessed it, spirituality played a major role in the daily lives of all centenarians. Spirituality can mean something different for everyone. Some people find spirituality by walking in nature and others find it by joining spiritual communities in churches or meditation groups. Exercise We all know that physical exercise has been proven to improve your general health. We are all different when it comes to exercising. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to movement. Some people benefit from high-intensity exercises and others benefit from gentle low impact movements. Experiment with many forms of movement from walking, biking, swimming, running and yoga - the options are endless. Not sure where to start? Think back to your favourite activity as a child, did you ride a bike, or maybe you loved to dance? Whatever you do, get up and move. Make movement part of your day. You don’t have to run a marathon or climb a mountain. It can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, mowing your lawn, parking your car far away from the door or planting and caring for a small garden or flower bed. Finding happiness and balance in all of these areas will not only add years to your life but life to your years.
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