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Healthy living = perfect life style...
We talk what not about our life style every day in this blog... let us also consider speaking about what does healthy living mean and relate to a healthy life style...
• The body or Physical You requires good nutrition, appropriate weight, beneficial exercise, adequate rest and proper stress management.
• The mind or Emotional You needs self-supportive attitudes, positive thoughts and viewpoints and a positive self-image. You also need to give and receive forgiveness, love and compassion; you need to laugh and experience happiness; you need joyful relationships with yourself and others.
• The Spiritual You requires inner calmness, openness to your creativity, and trust in your inner knowing. And for some it requires having a relationship with a higher power.
We all know when the Physical You is out of balance. Our body tells us right away. We feel fatigue or catch a cold or maybe become chronically ill. But how do we know when the Emotional You or Spiritual You are out of balance?
If you answered “yes” too many of these questions, congratulations! But if you answered “no” to several of them, you have identified areas in your life that you may want to change. This can be valuable information. These questions all relate to our emotional and spiritual selves. And to truly define Healthy Living for ourselves and create a healthy living strategy it is important that we address the whole self. Each individual needs to identify their own definition of Healthy Living for themselves. For example,
- If you smoke, part of a healthy living strategy for you would be to quit smoking.
- If you don’t have a social support system, then one of your strategies would be to make more friends.
- If you never see a doctor, then part of your health strategy would be to have an annual checkup to practice preventive health care.
Sit down and outline your definition of Healthy Living. List all your negative habits, the ones that contribute to your unhealthy lifestyle (i.e. smoking, excessive alcohol consumption). You may even want to consider your sexual habits and ask yourself if you are practicing unsafe sex. Then take the time to list your current health conditions. Taking the Wellness Quiz will help identify other significant areas that you need to include while outlining your definition of Healthy Living. Once you have all your information written down it’s time to create your Healthy Living Plan. Below is an outline adapted from the American Holistic Health Association. You may find this helpful in listing your goals.
Add as many goals as you need to this outline. Once you have completed your definition of Healthy Living and have turned that into a concrete plan, it’s time to prioritize. Pick a few of the goals that you feel are most important to your overall health and happiness and start with those. Don’t try to do them all at once that’s a sure fire way to fail! Start with 2-3 for a month and then add one per month until you have achieved all your goals. Achieving total health requires taking responsibility, making a commitment to you, creating a plan and then taking action. If you can follow these simple steps you will be on your way to living a healthier life.
Look for the positive in every situation.
Be aware of my thoughts and feelings.
Eat a healthy diet.
Value myself and my creativity.
Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Stay open to new ideas.
Get adequate rest.
Accept change willingly.
Express emotions appropriately.
Make decisions based on what I think is best for me.
Respect myself and others.
Practice preventive health care.
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