Health and wellness is about more than just fitness and nutrition.  Your mental and emotional health makes an impact on your overall physical well-being as well.

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Health and wellness is about all facets of life, not just fitness and nutrition.

Using a multifaceted approach to health and wellness includes all aspects to promote a greater change.  While changing one aspect can make an improvement to physical health using a combined approach often has a larger effect.  For example, when someone has high blood pressure they are often advised to change their nutrition habits, increase physical activity, and reduce stress in conjunction with any prescription medications given.

Since I am not a medical professional, I am limited to giving the general overviews of physical health, but I can work within my scope of practice by discussing health and wellness.

Which means that here we will discuss some aspects of mental and emotional health.  However, this is not meant to be all encompassing or negate the advice of a medical qualified practitioner, such as a doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.

Mental health is about finding balance. Picture of balancing rocks.
Mental health is about finding balance in all areas of life. This leads to less mental clutter and more mental energy.

A key component of mental health is reducing stress.  This is a goal of many New Year’s resolutions.

Everyone knows that reducing stress is important, but how are we supposed to achieve this in today’s crazy world?

Here a a couple of goals that could help you improve your mental health by reducing stress:

  • Unplug. I know it’s kind of crazy to recommend this while writing an article online, but it works.  Think about this, our world moves so fast and we are constantly bombarded with images and information.  Take some time each week to decompress.
  • Get outside.  Being outside in the fresh air, sunshine, and quiet can help improve mood and reduce stress.  Sunshine still works, even with sunscreen.
  • Get moving.  This doesn’t have to be a whole lot of activity, but a short 5-10 minute stroll can work wonders.  Bonus points if you get outside in the sunshine to do it.
  • Get organized.  Getting organized by using a planner or calendar can work wonders for many.  Don’t do this if it causes more stress.
  • Get your spaces in order.  Chaos in your personal spaces can create clutter in your mind which can lead to more stress.  (I know this is something I struggle with personally).
Emotional health is about perspective. Picture of red seed heart surrounding another solid red heart.
Emotional health is about perception. Having a positive outlook can greatly improve emotional health.

Emotional health is tied to perception.  Having a more positive outlook can affect your overall mental state and physical well-being.  Positive emotional health can also decrease stress.

Don’t worry it’s not my intention to suggest you should see the world through rose colored glasses.

Some goals that could go along with creating positive emotional health could be:

  • Engaging in positive self talk.  Most of us talk down to ourselves, a lot.  But ask yourself this, if you were talking to your friend would you say that?  Probably not.
  • Realize that a bad situation can be worked through.  Take a moment to breath and think things through when you’re calm.
  • Take time for yourself.  This could be the most important realization that women face.  Taking time for yourself is not a burden on others.  Making yourself a priority will give you more mental energy to handle life situations and be more emotionally available for those that are important to you.
  • Do things that challenge you and you enjoy.  Learn new things and have new experiences.  It’s even better if you can do these things with friends or family.

By freeing up mental and emotional energy you can improve your overall health and wellness.

I want to hear from you, do you have any health and wellness goals for this year?  Have you thought about your mental and emotional health?  Leave your answers in the comments below.

To read other posts from the New Year’s Resolution series choose a link below:

  • Resolutions that actually work.
    • A new year offers time for reflection and resolutions. Most will fail, but this is a super simple way to increase your chances of success.
  • New Year’s Resolutions- Creating Fitness Goals.
    • Creating fitness goals for New Year’s resolutions with a simple plan and specific examples. Overcome obstacles to achieve fitness success.
  • Assessing Your New Year’s Resolution
    • “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” But no one system is perfect and it’s all about finding what works for you and being consistent.
  • Nutrition Goals for the New Year
    • Nutrition goals don’t have to be hard and intimidating. In fact they really shouldn’t be. This is about creating long term change, not a diet that you’ll quit in a week.
  • Family Time Goals for the New Year
    • Family time is such an important part of many of our lives. Set family time goals to actually get to enjoy it and make it meaningful.
  • Work-Life Goals for the New Year
    • Work-life balance is important for mental, emotional, & physical health. Not just for mom’s that work outside of the home. Find balance by creating goals.

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