How to Be Healthy at Any Age
Balance for Total Health & Wellness
Since I love music, I find myself continually drawn to associating harmony in any area of life to music. Achieving total health and wellness is no exception. In a typical choir, there are four (4) principal voice types - Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass - and all are necessary to bring full tonal quality and harmony to the choir.
Similarly, in order to have a natural, totally healthy and fulfilling life, you should focus on your "quality of life" which constitutes your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.
It is so simple and effective that most people miss it. The key is to not focus on any one realm or dimension to the disadvantage of the others, since all are required to bring balance and harmony to the human person.
If you are to enjoy a good "quality of life", then you need to simultaneously take care of the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional dimensions of your life. Achieving this total balance and harmony is quite simple and does not require any expensive solutions.
In this article, I will share with you those four (4) key requirements for healthy living, looking younger and aging gracefully through spiritual health, physical health, mental health and emotional health. Read on! Its really that simple.
Relaxation Music: Just for YOU!
Use this music as inspiration while working at your computer, around the house or at the office. Or you can use it to relax while you enjoy a long bath, pamper yourself in ‘spa like’ comfort in your bathtub or sip a cup of coffee, tea or a fine glass of wine.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, these soothing sounds will have you enjoying your best and deepest sleep in no time at all! Do not play this while driving or in your bathtub because you WILL be asleep in no time at all.
Achieving Spiritual Health and Well-being
I believe that we are all principally spiritual beings, so I will speak to this dimension of well-being first.
From as far back as history can record, men and women in civilizations all over the world have always organized themselves into religions or cults with the specific objective of dealing with the spiritual person and matters not understood in the physical realm. Today, likewise, there are many religious sects and cults.
I won't advocate joining a cult since, by its very definition, it points towards the bizarre and negative. That being said, whatever religious sect you join or belong to, make sure that it brings you inner peace, improves your relationship with God and your relationship with your fellow human beings.
Read daily devotionals and/or spiritual books to keep your spirit "light" and "sweet" and maintain your spiritual health. After all, you are what you read!
Food for Your SPIRIT! - "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" (Psalm 34:8).
This book provides ‘a sip of cold water’ for every woman’s spirit amidst life’s hectic schedules and chores.
Find inspiration and lessons in living from these ‘morning and evening reflections into the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, a 12th century Saint.
Renew hope and your spirit every morning of the year as you read about God’s promised blessings whether you’re in a season of plenty or scarcity. Circumstances may change in life but GOD and His promises never change!
Things don’t always turn out the way we want them to but we can make opportunities in every circumstance just by changing the way we think. Let Joyce Meyers show you how.
Calm Music Peaceful Songs: Most Relaxing Music, New Age for Meditation, Yoga, Mass
I consider music to be a healing balm of the soul, since as Berthold Auerbach quips 'Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.'
So before you read any further, turn on this music video, enjoy the sound of nature and relaxing music and soothe your spirit as you read on.
Achieving Emotional Health and Well-being
Emotional well-being builds on the foundation of your spiritual health. If you don't have inner peace then you are likely to express negative emotions, such as, depression, sadness, moodiness, anxiety, constant complaining and criticism, most, if not all of the time.
You can actively take charge of your emotional health by committing to repeatedly express positive emotions, even in the face of challenging circumstances. Here are some examples:
1. Develop a thankful spirit: Express thanks to God for the elements (sun, moon, water, air), friends, family, your job, your talents and skills. Say thank you to friends, family and strangers for the little as well as big things they do for you.
2. Laugh and smile often: You don't have to walk around grinning from ear to ear whole day or be the "class or office" clown. Watch a comedy! Read a few jokes! Listen to children; they're always asking strange questions or saying "funny" things.
3. Surprise someone with a good deed or a small gift: It's amazing how you can get a warm feeling inside when you see the smile that an unexpected gift or deed brings to someone's face.
4. Empathize with others: The human condition is such that circumstances such as, illness, misfortune, death and grief, can befall us at any time and in different proportions. By empathizing with others, you can help someone along life's journey and might just help save someone from committing suicide.
Achieving Physical Health and Well-being
Taking care of your physical health involves eating healthy, engaging in daily exercise and taking care of your skin.
Always remember to eat from the five (5) major food groups each day - Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Meat & Beans - in order to provide your body with the right mix of nutrients. Use a good vitamin supplement, to satisfy any nutrition deficiencies you may have or to boost your diet. And don't forget to DRINK YOUR WATER; 6 to 8 glasses a day!
You can reduce the aches, pains and "creaks", by doing daily exercises that warm up, engage, strengthen and tone the whole body. These exercises don't have to be strenuous and could involve the following:
1. Beginner yoga exercises.
2. Walking in the park, along the beach or in the mall.
3. Swimming or moving around in a pool or the beach.
Who says you shouldn't smell and feel beautiful as you age?! Pamper yourself, from head to toes, with personal care products, such as scented shampoos and conditioners, scented body washes, foot scrubs and/or decadent body lotions.
Use moisture enriching products so that:
1. You'll slough off dead skin cells to reveal younger looking skin.
2. You'll add moisture to your skin, thereby keeping it elastic and young.
Great Stuff To Pamper Yourself
Special personal care products to help you pamper yourself from head to toe.
Is green one of your favorite colors? If so, then basket is packed with ‘soothing green goodness’ which includes a lightly scented herbal Bath Gel, Body Lotion, exfoliating Body Scrub, moisturizing Body Butter, soothing Bath Salts, an exfoliating Sisal Body Scrubber, 100% Cotton Spa Towel” and you won’t believe this! – “Green Tea to sip, sooth and unwind with after a long day.”What more can you ask for!
Enjoy the empowering and sweet smell of Rose with a Bubble Bath, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Rose Petal Soaps, Luxuriously Rich Body Butter, Fresh and Fragrant Rose Potpourri accompanied by a Sisal Bath Sponge and Nylon Mesh Pouf.
This basket contains “relaxing Vanilla scented spa products that include soothing bath salts, bath and body gel, hand soap, body scrub, rich body butter, and moisturizing body lotion.”Added to that, you can delight your stomach with some tasty goodies such as Vanilla Caramels, Angelina's Sweet Butter Cookies, and rich Cafe Latte.
This simple set is bursting with lavender goodness in a 200ml Shower Gel, 200ml Bubble Bath and130ml Body Lotion accompanied by a 60g Bath Fizzer. Simple but effective’ relaxation and pampering toolkit’.
Achieving Mental Health and Well-being
Once you're enjoying spiritual and emotional health, then you've created the foundation for mental health and wellness. As you age, however, you are more susceptible or predisposed to experience declining mental health due to aging of the brain. The most common manifestation of this is a condition known as Dementia, in the first stage, which could then worsen to Alzheimer's. However, you can keep your mind active and healthy, stay mentally alert and stave off Alzheimer's disease by doing a combination of the following activities:
1.Play Games: Play one of the numerous strategy, word and board games available each day. Games such as, Scrabble, Crosswords, Bingo, Chess, Word Search, Backgammon, Cards, to name a few.
2.Volunteer in church or community groups: Many church and community organizations could benefit from your time and experience at no cost.
3.Mentor the young: Young people don't like to be told what to do but you can subtly provide guidance to one or more young persons as you notice them struggling with life issues.
Exercise and Sharpen Your Brain!
If you LOVE crossword puzzles, then you'll enjoy this mega 7 foot x 7 foot crossword puzzle, which includes a clue book, the puzzle grid, an answer grid, and tape for hanging it on your wall or maybe you prefer to lay it out on the floor.
This is my No. 1 favorite board game! An ingenious and fun filled board game that entails putting together words vertically or horizontally on the game and scoring points in the process. Enjoyed the world over for family game nights or when friends get together. A great game for groups of 2 to 4 persons.
This is my 2nd favorite game; after Scrabble of course! To me it's much more fun when played as a board game as opposed to writing on pages in a book.
Now you don't have to guess at Chess!This 2-sided game set contains "an innovative deck of action cards which each depict a chess piece and how it moves.Then "Once you become comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess." I LOVE this Chess Set!
You'll enjoy this interesting mix of a 500-piece Jigsaw puzzle and a Word Search puzzle.You first put together the Jigsaw puzzle and then you can solve the Word Search puzzle with a 'wipe off' pen' so you won't ruin your Jigsaw puzzle.
Gauging YOUR Well-being
Which dimension of your well-being do you think needs some more attention?
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