wellness: optimal health with a balance in physical, mental, and social health that contributes to the prevention of disease and increases the quality of life.
Elements of Wellness
Having a well balanced diet, participating in daily physical activity, and have regular health screening and checkups.
Being able to adjust to life's changes, be optimistic, cope with life's stress, and enjoy life.
Continue lifelong learning such as learning from experiences and using creativity to solve problems.
Being able to show affection, effectively communicate and interact with others. Being honest and loyal also contribute to social wellness.
Believe in a higher authority, practice religious beliefs, values, ethics, and morals give meaning to life.
Practices that Promote Wellness
Nutrition relates to food and all body processes requiring food while promoting a healthier body and mind. Nutrition aids in resistance to illness and healthy weights. Food safety plays a big deal in nutrition -- clean hands, separating raw and cooked foods, and refrigerating uncooked foods.
Regular physical activity increases fitness level, helps prevent chronic illnesses, and helps control diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and abnormal cholesterol. Physical activity reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer, and lowers the risk of strokes. Physical activity builds healthy bones and helps psychologically.
Health Screenings and Examinations
Regular heath screening and examinations help to detect health problems early.
Avoid Stress: Use the serenity prayer, learn to say "no," avoid negative people, exercise, eat healthy foods, avoid hot-button topics, keep a short "to-do" list and eliminate things that can be done later.
Alter Stress: Express feelings in a respectful way, be assertive and honest, compromise when necessary, use time wisely.
Accept Stress: Accept the things you cannot change, look for the bright side of a situation, share your feelings, learn to forgive.
Adapt to Stress: try to view a situation from all angles while looking at the big picture. Adjust to your standards and focus on the positives.
Make time for relaxation and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
factors that affect wellness
Self destructive behavior
Drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse, irresponsible sexual behavior, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits.
Exposure to lead, exposure to carcinogens, bad sanitation
Birth defects and family history can affect wellness.
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) Health Practice
Complementary health practices combine alternative health practices and conventional medical practices.
Alternative Health practice is any healing that is outside the realm of conventional medicine. They are not proven to be consistent and are often opposed to convention medicine. They are often based on history and culture.
Manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues. Based on a theory of vertebral subluxation (lost its normal position).
Traditional or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and their extracts. This is the most commonly used CAM expet prayer. Standardization of purity and dosage is not mandated in the US.