Learn About The 7 Sources Of Health
Research shows that people who know their “WHY” or life purpose are likely to live 7 years longer than those who do not know their life purpose. They also spend less time in the hospital, have a stronger immune system, have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and stroke. And for older adults who develop Alzheimer’s, those with an established WHY have a slower decline.
Your physical body, a foundational source of your health, includes attention to movement, sleep, and eating. Each of these activities determines the quality of your health. And, they are all interrelated. The quality and quantity of what you eat impacts your movement and sleep. Likewise, your sleep impacts your movement and eating. And, your movement impacts your eating and sleeping.
Your mind, a foundational source of your health, includes your thoughts and sensations. Research has shown that meditation, one key self-care skill, is to the mind, as sleep is to the body, a time to replenish and renew. Mind self-care skills can improve stress management, decrease anxiety, depression, pain sensation, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and can manage obesity. Mind self-care skills calm brain waves, increase brain activity, brain size, blood flow, neuroplasticity, cognitive flexibility, and executive functioning. They can also stimulate the immune system and balance hormone production.
Your creativity, a foundational source of your health, includes what is vital or essential to you as a human being. Research has shown that self-care skills such as drawing improve self-esteem, increases awareness and can help overcome the effects of trauma. Creativity self-care skills can result in improved well-being, a decrease in health care costs and a stronger immune system resulting in fewer illnesses.
Your emotions, a foundational source of your health, include your feelings, intuition, and reactions. Brain structures involved in positive emotions like compassion are more plastic – subject to changes brought about through environmental input. Emotional self-care skills increase happiness, resilience, social skills, kindness, optimism, sleep. These skills also make the practitioner more likely to exercise regularly, be a better manager, make better decisions, and be more productive.
Involvement in community benefits us, the recipients, and the entire community. Community self-care skills promote deeper social interaction, enhanced meaning and purpose, and a more active lifestyle. Practicing community self-care skills are linked to lower risk for cancer recurrence, higher survival rates among heart attack survivors, lower blood pressure, and better immune responses. Low community connection is worse for you than smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity.
The immediate environment has a significant impact on health, influences mood, impacts behavior and, depending on the built environment can encourage or discourage social interaction. Home and work environment can also impact stress levels. Elevated workplace or environmental noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and sleep disturbance.
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