The four Pillars of Wellbeing
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Wellness or wellbeing is usually described as a general sense of balance that encompasses body, mind and spirit. The perception of wellbeing is no longer confined to physical fitness but includes mental balance and a general sense of purpose too.
Medical science has now recognized that body and mind work in unison. So achieving a sense of wellbeing requires action on both fronts. Also, the focus of medical science has shifted from mainly curing diseases to prevention, i.e. maintaining the lifestyle that helps us stay healthy and happy.
Interestingly, modern science has now widely accepted what ancient Yogis had already discovered thousands of years ago. There are four pillars to wellbeing and these can be identified as follows:
A balanced diet is one that provides you with nutritious food (macro and micro nutrients), the right amount of calories (depending on how much energy you need) and calories intake distributed correctly throughout the day (depending on your activities). This is necessary for disease prevention, longevity and maintain a good level of activity throughout our entire life.
Exercise is any physical activity that helps you improve flexibility, strength and cardiovascular resistance. Currently, experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, five days a week.
A state of physical and mental relaxation can be achieved in various ways: Yoga, massage therapy, walking, active social life, holiday breaks, etc.)
Sleep is also an important part of relaxation as it is through sleep that the body regenerates and the mind rests.
Our thoughts play a big role in the way we perceive a given situation and the effect it has on us. Thus gaining control over our thoughts and establishing a positive mindset is key to keep stress away.
No matter what our life experiences are, through various techniques and practices, it is possible to train our mind to focus on positive and constructive thoughts and also help us find a sense of purpose.
An experienced Wellbeing Coach can guide you on all these four areas and help you create a healthy, balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.
Author: Simona Zaino
Simona is a qualified Health & Wellbeing, Nutrition & Life Coach . Read about her here
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