Guest Post by Marcela De Viv
When it comes to good health, the most talked about and readily identifiable categories are nutrition and exercise. “Eat right and stay active” is always the mantra, even from the First Lady herself. Methods, instructions and training for nutrition and exercise-related topics are practically everywhere, and for good reason. There’s a high demand for this type of information, and as long as that’s the case, blogs, websites and products that claim to have the answers will continue to show up.
To be sure, nutrition and exercise are incredibly important when it comes to your overall health, yet focusing solely on those two aspects of your health is an incomplete analysis and far from a comprehensive approach when it comes to improving your overall quality of life.
While nutrition and exercise are both important factors of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both of these factors must work in conjunction with several other factors in order to have a profound effect on your entire body, both physically and mentally.
Below are some other factors that contribute to your health and advocate for a lifestyle that addresses all these areas, not just nutrition and exercise:
1. Stress and anxiety — If your life is such that you are constantly experiencing stress or anxiety, then all the exercise and low-fat salad dressing in the world won’t save your physical condition.
Chronic stress is incredibly detrimental for your overall health and lifestyle, and many people don’t even realize they’re experiencing it. Whether your stress comes from life’s challenges or chemical imbalances within your body, it has to be dealt with and minimized.
The type and source of anxiety you have will determine the best method for treating it, therefore, you’ll definitely want to address your concerns this with your doctor.
The good news is that anxiety disorders and chronic stress are highly treatable, so make sure that you don’t neglect this part of your health, especially if it can be easily corrected and kept at a healthy level.
2. Daily routine and balance — How you spend your time and what you do throughout the day can determine your stress levels and your ability to relax and enjoy yourself. That means if 80-90-percent of your time is devoted to a high-stress job, this will leave you with an unbalanced routine that can prevent you from living the quality of life you desire.
As a general rule, try and make time for all of the following (at least in part) on any given day:
Depending on your stage in life, some of these activities will take up more time than others, but to be sure, they’re all important to incorporate into your daily routine. Getting too much or not enough of one can easily lead to an unhealthy lifestyle, so do your best to maintain a good balance each day.
3. Air quality — Often overlooked, air quality is a major part of a healthy home and lifestyle. Since this is a bit more of a concrete topic, the solutions are a bit more practical. Air purifiers, aromatherapy or vaporizers are all great ways to reduce the amount of air pollution in your home.
If you suffer from asthma or even if you suspect the air quality in your home is less than stellar, consider one of those options for the rooms in your house that you use the most.
4. Individual Pursuits — Personal goals, interests and ideas should always be part of your life. Pursuing these things is a desire that is built into the human mind and spirit, so no matter how busy your life gets, you should always make time to enjoy these things.
Maybe you’re passionate about writing, sewing, working with your hands, playing sports or enjoying the outdoors. Whatever it is, you shouldn’t give it up just because you have a demanding job or your family life is hectic.
Engaging in those activities can trigger excitement and freedom in all of us, which is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves.
A well-rounded lifestyle is the best way to sum up all of the factors that relate to our health. Living in this world can be quite the balancing act at times, often requiring us to walk a line between too much or too little of a wide variety of things. Yet if we can do it, our lives will be healthier overall, which is every bit as important (if not more so) than nutrition and exercise.
Marcela De Vivo is a health writer, mother of three and hard-working business owner. In addition to daily exercise and a balanced diet, she is also sure to make time for herself for the little things in life, such as traveling around the world with her family. Follow her on Twitter today!