Healthy/balanced diet and physical exercise are the basic pillars our health is built on. Still, in order to strengthen this fundament of our life, emotional health plays a major role as well. Read on to learn more about.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
As you know from our previous publications and seminars, our health is resting on 2 basic pillars: healthy diet and physical exercise. Only? Not at all. Appreciating the fact that we are biologically a complex phenomenon, there is one more factor related to our health: emotions.
WHAT IS EMOTIONS ALL ABOUT?
n fact, emotions are type of feeling which accompany our whole life in good or bad. With special reference to changes and challenges we are facing. Affecting both – our physical and our mental health. According to the National Center for Emotional Wellness (NCEW) in Melville, NY.
I.e., emotions are especially important when it comes to cope with stress in cases of difficult life-respective situations. Like
- changes in personal relationships
- problems at school or at work
- medical problems
- losing family/friends
which can well lead to health problems like raising blood pressure, undermining the immune system, and aggravating existing health issues.
According to research at, inter alia, Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
Positive emotions, vice-versa, are important to support many life-respective situations especially for youngsters as well as seniors.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) in cases of children/adolescents, e.g., to
- learn coping with problems
- learn appropriate social skills
- have good time at school and at home
Based on National Health Service (NHS) in the UIK, this effect can be supported in cases of youngsters by, inter alia,
- listen to them
- taking seriously what they say
- demonstrating interest in what they think
On the other hand, seniors with depression may well be candidates for, inter alia, lung disease, cardiovascular disease or arthritis.
According to research at, inter alia, University College London in London, UK.
In both cases – young and old – specific symptoms may point in direction of negative emotional development.
With youngsters, such as
- behavioral changes
- difficulties to sleep
With seniors, such as
- difficulties to concentrate
- feeling of angriness
- mood swings
- feeling of restlessness
- missing interest in otherwise enjoying activities
- feelings of hopelessness/sadness
- thoughts of suicide/death
HOW IMPROVE EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Accordingly, it may be very helpful to support emotional wellness, just as the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with its 27 institutes and centers recommends with following strategies.
By, inter alia,
- regular exercise
- at least 7 hours of sleep at night
- times to relax
- focus on positive achievements
* Improving social connections
Inter alia by
- supporting relationships with friends and family
- learning from others about new things of joy
- joining clubs/groups with enjoyable activities
With, inter alia, healthy diet, exercise and sound sleep.
Just to indicate 3 examples.
IN A NUTSHELL
Right – healthy/balanced diet and physical exercise are the basic pillars our health is built on. Still, in order to strengthen this fundament of our life, emotional health plays a major role as well, as indicated above. Scientifically verified.
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