We hear the word tossed about all the time, but what is “wellness?”Scientifically speaking, “wellness” means being healthy and disease free. But in many contexts wellness has a bro...
Be healthy, be well
We hear the word tossed about all the time, but what is “wellness?”
Scientifically speaking, “wellness” means being healthy and disease free. But in many contexts wellness has a broader definition that includes both physical and emotional health. Nutrition, fitness, your weight, all these things contribute to your physical and emotional health, and thus to your wellness. Your approach should be holistic, another buzz word that means you want to look at your whole self when making personal decisions.
So you exercise, eat right, and see your doctor regularly, but there are other lifestyle choices that can affect your wellness. What about your mental health? How about your teeth, your eyes, your ears? Do you smoke, drink, take recreational drugs?
Your mental outlook
Your mental health is as important to your overall wellness as your physical health. Mental disorders show themselves in your mood, thoughts, and behavior. Mood disorders are among the most pervasive of all mental disorders and include depression and anxiety.
So, maybe you like to hoist a couple of beers after work, right? Many people do, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t overdo it. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink.
Even the most committed smokers know the health risks and dangers, and most would like to quit. Cancer, emphysema, heart disease, smelling like a chimney; really, smoking is just full of fail. Quitting is not easy, but with effort and support you can make a major upgrade in your wellness by snuffing out the smokes.
Protect your teeth, eyes and ears
Your teeth, ignore them and they’ll go away. The good news, though, is that the baby boomer generation will be the first where the majority of people will keep their natural teeth during their entire lifetime, due largely to water fluoridation and fluoride toothpastes. Fluorides works at all ages, so keeping using fluoride toothpastes and see the dentist regularly. A good diet can promote oral health and, as if you needed another reason to quit smoking, smokers have four times the risk of developing gum disease.
Don’t take your eyes for granted either. There are lots of things you can do to protect your eyes, like wearing protective eyewear when appropriate, wearing sunglasses to limit ultraviolet exposure, washing your hands to avoid infections, and allowing your eyes to rest. Try the 20-20-20 rule when working on a computer or otherwise focusing on any one thing: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. And, guess what, turns out smoking is even bad for your eyes because it may contribute to age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Now hear this, the world is at noisy place. And long-term exposure to that noise can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Noises can be harmful if you have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing nearby. The noise hurts your ears, you develop a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears, even temporarily, or you don’t hear as well as you normally do until several hours after you get away from the noise.