THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING HEALTHY

There are many reasons why we need to stay healthy.  As a working mother and taking part-time studies, I have every reason I need to stay physically and intelligently healthy.  Juggling between family, work and studies can be challenging.  I need to stay healthy to be able to take charge of my family, do my work and studies well.

You need to analyze and understand yourself and learn ways to control and balance the eight dimension wellness (as shown below).

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Figure 1 – Eight Dimensions Wellness (Resources : http://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness )

PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

Life can be challenging and we can easily be physically and mentally exhausted.   It is important to take care of your physical and intellectual wellness, as we need to be intellectually smart in solving problems and creating opportunities.  When you are physically healthy you are able to perform better in any activities and intellectual health can improve your quality of life by increasing your ability to define and solve problems.  Being healthy gives you the privilege to enjoy life fully.

STRATEGIES TO BE PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL HEALTHY

With the work load and stress in the office, we easily get physically and mentally exhausted.  In order to get you re-energize your physical and intellectual health, you need to pause, stop and analyse yourself.   Starting with your body, as healthy body gives healthier mind.  There are many ways to improve our physical and intellectual health and wellness, such as;

EXERCISE

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Improving physical health, you will automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being.  Exercise not only strengthens your heart and lungs, for example, it also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that lift your mood and provide added energy.

DIET

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Good diet will support your brain, improve your mental health, gives you energy and help you look better.  Take healthy, nutrients food and avoid fast food.

MANAGE STRESS

Stress refers to two different things; situations that trigger physical and emotional reactions and the reactions themselves.  (Fahey.T.D, 2005).  Learn to manage your emotions.  Be emotionally intelligent in managing stress and balance your mood.

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You can learn by using your sensory input, for example, do some art, play with colors while listening to soothing or uplifting music and have the scent you love such as coffee aroma or lavendar to light up your mood.

 

 

 

GET ENOUGH REST/SLEEP

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It is important to have enough rest and sleep as this will help both physical and intellectual wellness.  Sleep serves to re-energize the body’s cells, clear waste from the brain, and support learning and memory. It even plays vital roles in regulating mood, appetite and libido. (ScientificAmerican.com).

CONTINUOUS LEARNING

Learning can improve your intellectual wellness.  Continuous learning can challenge and improve your mental well-being in many ways.

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Being physical and intellectual healthy will help you to enjoy better quality of life.  Exercise, having enough rest and sleep, taking good diet, learning to manage stress and continuous learning will help improve your physical and intellectual health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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