In this guest post, Patricia Sarmiento discusses 3 of the most important components of wellness. How many of these components of wellness are you doing?
Staying healthy may not seem difficult or concerning, especially if you’re young and haven’t experienced many health problems in your lifetime. Whether you’re young or old, healthy or prone to illness, your well-being should be a top priority. Healthy habits not only help to boost your immune system and make you less susceptible to illness, but they help you maintain a healthy weight and give you more energy to get through the day. While there are many elements of overall well-being, there are three core components under which many health and wellness habits fall.
Components of Wellness #1: Eating Fresh, Healthy Foods
It is always tempting to pick up pre-made meals or fast food. You avoid cooking, dishes, and grocery shopping. However, eating takeout on a regular basis will be detrimental to you in the long run. Of course it doesn’t hurt once in awhile, but if it becomes habit, your physical and mental well-being will suffer. A good diet should consist primarily of vegetables, fruits, and healthy carbs with some protein and healthy fats added in. This sort of diet can only be achieved when you routinely cook for yourself.
While this does mean some recipe experimentation and research, you will thank yourself. Learn to prepare vegetables in new ways and explore a different cuisine. If you have a cramped schedule, it will be worth your while to invest in a slow cooker and a blender. Slow cooker meals can be extremely healthy and allow you to prepare your dinner hours in advance. Slow cookers also save on dishes and scrounging for the next day’s lunch. With the large portion sizes of a crock pot, you will most likely have leftovers.
Blenders are a wonderful way to create healthy, on-the-go breakfasts. You can combine healthy vegetables you may not want to taste into a delicious fruit smoothie and be out the door in minutes.
Components of Wellness #2: Plentiful, Quality Sleep
If you’ve ever had a sleepless night and gone to work the next day, you know how it feels to be running on too little sleep and low energy. You may have felt irritable, stressed, or even depressed. Sleep plays a very important role in our mental health but also in our physical health. Sleep is the time the body can devote energy toward making repairs while offering the conscious mind a break.
Take some time to research mattresses. The quality of your mattress directly correlates to the quality of your sleep. If you are sleeping eight hours a night but still feel tired during the day, your mattress may be impacting how well you are sleeping – reducing the amount of rest your body is getting even though you are spending just as much time in bed. Though mattresses can be expensive, keep in mind that your purchase will last you many years to come.
If you struggle with insomnia, meditating before bed can help to quiet the mind and prepare it for sleep. This also prevents you from looking at your smartphone or working on your tablet or laptop before you turn in for the night. Studies are showing that the blue light given off by many of our devices suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin. If you put your devices away and spend some time meditating, you may find yourself falling asleep faster and easier.
Components of Wellness #3 : Regular, Enjoyable Exercise
Going to the gym can be unappealing to some people. Exercising in a way you do not enjoy makes it a chore rather than a fun part of your well-being. You don’t need to settle for the traditional exercise methods if they don’t agree with you; you can find alternatives to make exercise something to look forward to.
Exercise reduces negative emotions while keeping your body strong and healthy. However, it may increase negative emotions if you dislike what you’re doing. Try some new things like yoga, swimming, rock climbing, or hiking. Keep exploring alternatives until you find a form of exercise you like and use it as a break from your busy schedule rather than an obligation.
Being well shouldn’t be a chore. You should want to keep your body and mind happy and healthy. Changing your lifestyle can feel overwhelming, but in reality, living a healthy life isn’t as difficult as it seems. You can turn your life around in the course of a few shopping trips and some yoga classes. Don’t let intimidation keep you from living well.
Patricia Sarmiento loves swimming and running. She channels her love of fitness and wellness into blogging about health and health-related topics. She played sports in high school and college and continues to make living an active lifestyle a goal for her and her family. She lives with her husband, two children, and their shih tzu in Maryland.
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