“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
World Health Organisation, 1948
Being healthy takes place on many levels: The physical, the mental, the emotional and even on a spiritual level. As a holistic therapist I understand that we can’t ignore either of these levels if we want to be really healthy. If we ignore our emotional or mental problems for instance, they will manifest themselves also on a physical level eventually.
So, how can we become more aware of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs and how can we learn to balance our body, mind and spirit?
1) The physical Level
“Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners.”
Several studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between exercise and subjective well-being. We are able to think better when we are healthy and fit and we are healthier and fitter when we think better - it’s all interlinked. There are also numerous studies claiming that the more active we are, the less likely we will suffer from anxiety or stress. But it’s not until recently that exercise is being recognized as an element in maintaining mental fitness.
The benefits of physical exercise are endless:
So, what we can we do for our physical well-being?
Relax & Breathe
Physical Well-being starts with having a good posture and good breathing techniques:
We are what we eat and drink
It’s long been understood and proven that feeling well also depends on what we eat and drink. Therefore it surprises me that in developed countries people are suffering more and more from obesity, diabetes, coronary disease or cancer than ever before. And yet we continue eating and drinking unhealthily.
Read entire How To Have A Healthy Mind, Body And Spirit where it was originally published.