Physical, Mental & Social Wellness
Health is the level of functional
or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it
is the general condition of a person's mind and body,
usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in
its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical,
mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence
of disease or infirmity.”
Health can be classified as:-
What do we mean?
Physical health can be defined as an essential part of
overall health of an individual, which includes
everything from physical fitness to overall wellbeing.
Health can be defined as a state of complete well-being
and physical health as a state of physical well-being in
which an individual is mechanically fit to perform
their daily activities and duties without any problem.
Physical health is a way to maintain our health and fitness
through exercise or life-style activities such as walking, jogging,
running, bicycling, doing yoga and feeding our body with the
right type of food and drinks.
There are so many ways to maintain and retain physical health
which also improves our overall health and thus improves our
immunity system and reduces the chance of illness, disease and
injury. Also it often helps in faster and better recovery when you
have been unwell.
Today a large number of health problems are caused by our
unhealthy lifestyle and misuse of technology. Sometimes we are
more interested in employing health in our body as if it is a
service, instead of adopting a healthy lifestyle which can improve
physical health but also makes one feel better.
There are four categories of things that affect physical health. You can not always
control the things that affect your physical body. But, you can do your best to
prevent injury and help you body to function at well
• Lifestyle : This is the element of physical health that we have the most control
over. This includes our diet, our emotional health, our level of physical activity,
and our behaviors. Tobacco use is a problem for many people - quitting
tobacco is an important behavioral change. Your health plan may offer a
cessation program. There are things that we can change about our lifestyles to
help our bodies stay healthy. Get more information on healthy living.
Human Biology : There may be things in our genetics and our chemistry that
are perceived as abnormalities. They may make it harder to achieve complete
physical health. There are ways that our body compensates for disabilities. Even
though we can not control our genetics we can control how we treat our
Environment : Our environment includes the type of air we breathe, the
places we live and our surroundings. We may have to change our environments
if they are really bad for our physical health.
Healthcare Services. These are the services that we get to help us prevent
illness, detect illness or treat illness.
We need to take care of every aspect of our being in order to achieve good
physical health. Positive emotions are linked to better physical health.
We must try to keep a balance in our lives. Some things that we can do
to take care of our physical bodies include:
Rest. Our body needs a certain amount of hours of sleep every night in
order to function properly. After hard work or especially trying times it
is important that we take time to rest and allow our bodies time to
Eat healthy. Our bodies use food as fuel. We must remember to eat
regularly. We have to watch what we eat. Sugars and fatty foods can
make it harder for our bodies to function as they were designed to.
Exercise. Our bodies were designed to be physically active. We have to
remember that in order to keep our bodies healthy we must take time
each day to exercise.
Hygiene. It is important that we keep our bodies clean. This can help
to protect against illness and infection.
Get regular check-ups. We need to see our doctors regularly so that
they can monitor our physical health and tell us about any changes we
may need to make to keep our bodies healthy.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological,
and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and
act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we
handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life,
from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
There's no sure way to prevent mental illness. However, if you have a
mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience
and to boost low self-esteem may help keep your symptoms under
control. Follow these steps:
Pay attention to warning signs. Work with your doctor or therapist
to learn what might trigger your symptoms. Make a plan so that you
know what to do if symptoms return. Contact your doctor or therapist
if you notice any changes in symptoms or how you feel. Consider
involving family members or friends to watch for warning signs.
Get routine medical care. Don't neglect checkups or skip visits to
your family health care provider, especially if you aren't feeling well.
You may have a new health problem that needs to be treated, or you
may be experiencing side effects of medication.
Get help when you need it. Mental health conditions can be harder
to treat if you wait until symptoms get bad. Long-term maintenance
treatment also may help prevent a relapse of symptoms.
Take good care of yourself. Sufficient sleep, healthy eating and
regular physical activity are important. Try to maintain a regular
schedule. Talk to your provider if you have trouble sleeping or if you
have questions about diet and exercise.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone
experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or
nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before
taking a test, or making an important decision.
Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can
cause such distress that it interferes with a person's
ability to lead a normal life.
The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown; but anxiety disorders
-- like other forms of mental illness -- are not the result of personal
weakness, a character flaw, or poor upbringing. As scientists continue
their research on mental illness, it is becoming clear that many of these
disorders are caused by a combination of factors, including changes in
the brain and environmental stress.
Like other brain illnesses, anxiety disorders may be caused by problems
in the functioning of brain circuits that regulate fear and other
emotions. Studies have shown that severe or long-lasting stress can
change the way nerve cells within these circuits transmit information
from one region of the brain to another. Other studies have shown that
people with certain anxiety disorders have changes in certain brain
structures that control memories linked with strong emotions. In
addition, studies have shown that anxiety disorders run in families,
which means that they can at least partly be inherited from one or both
parents, like the risk for heart disease or cancer. Moreover, certain
environmental factors -- such as a trauma or significant event -- may
trigger an anxiety disorder in people who have an inherited
susceptibility to developing the disorder.
Social health is a term generally
used to refer to two different concepts,
though they are somewhat interrelated
as well. In one sense it refers to the health of a person in
reference to his or her ability to interact with others and thrive
in social settings. It can also refer to the health of a society in
general, and how the members of that society are treated and
behave toward each other. Social health is often considered of
great importance in regards to individual health, especially as
further information and research has established how social
interactions can assist in improving other forms of health.
As humans, we are social creatures. Many parts
of our lives are dependent upon interacting with
others, and belonging to a group. Interaction
with and caring for others, and believing others
care for us, is necessary for us to lead a healthy,
balanced life. Because of this natural tendency,
Social Wellness is another important factor for
achieving optimum health.
The way we define Social Wellness is our ability
to maintain healthy, supportive relationships
with other people. And by improving your social
health skills, you will be able to make choices
that lead to positive interactions and enhance
harmony in your personal relationships.
Many studies, like this one in Consumer Reports, have
documented how poor social health results in sickness
and disease. A social issue like isolation and loneliness
caused by a poor support network doubles your risk of
death within any time period, at any age – a risk
greater than smoking cigarettes!
On the other hand, Social Wellness leads to
improvement in all areas of your life. When you make
the choice to improve your social health, you will
perform better under stress, boost your self- esteem,
increase your energy levels and achieve better overall
Social Wellness is necessary for your
well-being and longevity, and an integral
part of any wellness program. However,
if you are shy or introverted, being
“social” may not always come easily.
Remember, you don’t need to make
drastic changes. You simply need to
Start today by deciding one simple thing
you could do today to improve your
social health, whether it’s to make lunch
plans with a friend, schedule a “play
date” with your best friend, or join a new
club - and then just do it!
1.Practice healthy living styles with proper food
habits and exercise. To achieve a healthy body, we
cannot be lazy and lethargic. We need to work hard,
both physically and mentally to be fit and healthy.
Exercise and eating healthy foods is essential to
promote a healthy body.
2. Avoid junk foods which make us lethargic and
dull. Check and follow your healthy weight chart for
maintaining healthy weight to an optimum body
weight in order to be healthy. You will stand a much
higher percentage of suffering from health problems if
you are overweight and obese.
3. Consume a healthy diet, such as vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts,
lean meat. Don't forget to intake 8 glasses of liquid. Take minerals and
vitamins supplement and get some healthy recipes that you prefer.
Take some healthy snacks between meals. Avoid refined and junk
foods. The main source for poor health and sickness is improper
healthy eating habits. Many people suffer from sickness like diabetes,
cancer, obesity and etc because of this. Changing your bad diet will
contribute a great difference within a short period and can improve
your health benefits drastically. Try to avoid smoking and heavy
alcoholic drinks, moderate alcoholic drinking will benefit you.
4. Exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week. Exercising in the
morning can leave you with a refreshed feeling throughout
the day and can put you in a good mental health and it will
be easier for you to think positively and generate a better
appetite. You can also get involved in activities such as
swimming, biking, walking or playing your favorite sport in
order to keep you healthy. Go for activities that you enjoy
and not force yourself to activities that you despise,
whereby you will lose interest and stop exercising and try
to do your activities in the open air.
5. Realize that positive thinking is very essential in
order to be healthy. Clear out your mind of all negative
thoughts and fill it with positive ones. You will have to
remove all the depressing and negative emotions and
thoughts from your mind and replace it with healthy and
positive thoughts. These positive thoughts can be
extremely energizing and always lead to good things in
life. You can get involved in practices such as meditation
and yoga to get rid of the negativity and force yourself
with positive thoughts.
People with anorexia have a real fear of weight gain
and a distorted view of their body size and shape. As a
result, they can't maintain a normal body weight.
Many teens with anorexia restrict their food intake by
dieting, fasting, or excessive exercise. They hardly eat
at all — and the small amount of food they do eat
becomes an obsession.
Of course, eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of
exercise are key. But healthy living is more than simple
daily habits – it's a lifestyle. Whether you're remodeling
your home, embarking on a camping trip, or going
shopping for new gear, here are some simple strategies to
help you always choose well.