When we think of our health, in general, we often assume that we are doing everything “right” when it comes to looking after our bodies especially when we aren’t showing any signs of being sick. We reward ourselves because we have escaped the flu through the flu season, we have not visited the doctor throughout winter, we’ve exercised, and we’ve eaten a balanced diet. That’s it right? Job has done!! Not at all. There is so much more required to ensure our bodies and minds are healthy. We need to look at our whole selves. Not just our physical self.
We are much better, now, at incorporating alternative health therapies into our lifestyle. Mind/Body Medicine is becoming more familiar to people who have a level of consciousness around looking after themselves. We have started considering other aspects of lives as important to our wellbeing. Below are a snapshot and a few suggestions about how we can incorporate connection, lifestyle, diet, fitness and mindfulness to achieve overall wellness.
Human Connection gives us a sense of belonging and identity. When we are in connection with others, we feel like we aren’t alone when our lives take a different trajectory than what we expected. The problem with today’s way of connecting is the overuse of mobile devices and social media. We often take the easy way by “liking” or “commenting” on a friend’s post or photo on a social media platform rather than a phone call or a visit. How often do we take time out of our busy lives and physically check on our friends or neighbours?
The absence of a healthy lifestyle puts us at risk of developing serious health concerns in our lives. Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are only a few of the potential health issues we can experience if we don’t look after ourselves. Diet, regular exercise and caring for our mental health are all essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Diet is commonly the first aspect of our health we look at when we want to change our lifestyle in order to jump on the health and wellness train. If we type “diet” into Google, we are presented with almost every “fad” diet which can be somewhat confusing to know which one is best and which one suits you. There are more allergies and intolerances than ever before so not all diets suit every individual. When we look at diet we often think of a balanced diet. Search the internet for the 5 food groups and we discover numerous images of a visually pleasing pie chart which divides food into 5 groups.
Regular exercise is essential for your mental clarity and body strength. Exercise releases endorphins, a chemical produced by the nervous system helping us to cope with pain and stress. It helps maintain fitness and reduces the risk of serious diseases by reducing the stress in your life not to mention the stress on vital organs such as your heart and lungs. It also helps to maintain a healthy weight which also assists in the reduction of your blood sugar levels lowering the risk of diabetes.
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself amongst your surroundings without judgement or prejudice. Being aware of your 5 senses and being present at the moment without thinking about the past or the future. Being mindful in different aspects of your life will help to reduce stress and keep you focused on one task at a time. Observe your breathing, go for a nature walk, take mini-breaks throughout the day, avoid doing too many things at once, create a journal.
Are you curious about Kinesiology? Have you ever wanted to try Yoga? Maybe talk to our Naturopath. Here at Empowering Wellness Clinic Burleigh, we embrace the benefits of working as a team with our Chiropractors and holistic health practitioners to produce the best outcomes possible for our clients. Contact us today to discuss your needs and organise the best day for your appointment, ph. (07) 5535 9833, or Click here to book online.