“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” -World Health Organization
With a world full of chaos, are we still balanced? Is there balance in our children’s lives? What about our spouse’s lives? How about this, is there balance in our own lives? It’s difficult to have a balanced life without having all aspects of our wellness in balance – social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical. When one aspect of wellness is out of kilter, our lives can seem shaky or chaotic.
So how do you know which aspect of your health is taking you off balance? First, it’s important to fully understand each of the seven aspects of wellness:
- Social wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people.
- Emotional wellness is the ability to understand our selves and cope with challenges.
- Spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.
- Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, water and the land and avoid environmental hazards.
- Occupational wellness is the ability to find personal fulfillment from our jobs.
- Intellectual wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences.
- Physical wellness allows us to get through our daily activities and cope with the stress.
While it may seem like achieving balance in all of those aspects of wellness is a tall order, the truth is that it’s simpler than it looks. They’re all interconnected and affected by the economic, stress, medical and environmental factors in your life. For instance, the stress of economic hardship or extreme demands on the job could impact your emotional, social, intellectual and physical wellbeing. Poor health, which can be caused by any of those factors and insufficient access to medical care, may impact your occupational, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Stress is a major factor to throwing off our equilibrium and stress affects everyone differently. How does stress lead some to becoming sicker faster or easier than someone who’s not as stressed? According to an article written by the editorial staff at familydoctor.com, “People who have good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.” Basically, our bodies react to the way we think, feel and act. The article goes on to say, “Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times.”
What are some physical signs that might show when your emotional, spiritual, occupational and other aspects of wellness are out of balance?
- Back pain
- Change in appetite
- Chest pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry mouth
- Extreme tiredness
- General aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Palpitations (racing heart)
- Sexual problems
- Shortness of breath
- Stiff neck
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain or loss
To help improve health in general, it’s important to first try to recognize what’s causing the stress or sort out the bothering issue and try to not obsess over problems. Although we don’t always have control of those influencers that impact the balance in our lives and everyone responds differently to stressors that occur in our everyday lives; it’s all a matter of finding solutions that bring aspects of wellness into stability. There are a number of steps that anyone can take to alleviate some of life’s burdens and restore a healthy balance. These may include:
- Establishing a positive support system to gain understanding, acknowledge and share feelings, decompress pent-up emotions and learn from others’ experiences.
- Exploring a spiritual practice such as meditation, religion or yoga to find inner peace to cope with the challenges we face in life and establish congruency between values and actions.
- Learning about and practicing healthy and earth-friendly lifestyle habits that can improve our environmental wellness and minimize exposure to toxins and pollution.
- Finding happiness in work, exploring talents and learning to enjoy contributions we make to the world.
- Developing a healthy diet and exercise routine and maintaining nondestructive habits will help balance the physical wellbeing.
Action alleviates anxiety! There are other ways to improve the way your body responds to stress.
Nubia Armenta, Healthtera’s in-house health coach, is an advocate for Naturopathic Medicine, a distinct system of primary healthcare that emphasizes prevention and self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. In a recent article she talks about the benefits of taking a high quality multivitamin – primarily to offset dietary inefficiencies caused by environmental imbalance. She explained, “The main reason why it’s recommended to take a multi-vitamin is because of our soil depletion, poor farming practices and the fact that most Americans are eating more processed foods and less whole foods creating a nutritional gap.”
According to a report by researchers at Bastyr University, “Naturopathic doctors (NDs) blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current research on health and human systems.” Basically Naturopathic doctors want people to see the healing power of nature to “identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.”
By now you may be asking what all of this has to do with telemedicine.
Healthtera is embracing a new era of healthy technology to support the push towards better living. How? By offering a convenient, more affordable and efficient alternative to conventional healthcare. As a company, Healthtera endeavors to help make healthcare more accessible and affordable with options that can help you find balance in all seven dimensions of wellness. Their telemedicine plans, which are powered by HealthiestYou network of physicians, provide affordable access to quality care, which can remove economic and medical barriers to emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Having anytime access from the convenience of home or work helps to remove the stress barriers to occupational, spiritual and social wellbeing. In addition, their doctors can treat most of the symptoms of an unbalanced life without contributing to the economic stress or other factors contributing to those symptoms!
With hassle-free, 24/7 access to medical doctors and tools that help you manage your care, Healthtera is helping you to eliminate financial and emotional barriers to balanced wellness. They are shining a new light on healthy balance by embracing the future of healthcare, independent of time and location.
There are more natural ways of living and there are modern solutions to help you achieve a more balanced life with less destructive influences. Everyone needs to be ready to open their eyes…open their minds… and open their hearts to a new approach and Healthtera wants to be there to contribute to your more balanced life.
As do I wish for the days of recess and naps again…as I am a hard working 19 year old female that lives on her own while still going to school and work five days a week…I have come far from that little girl that used to run around years ago that used to imagine being an astronaut; I am now seeking to be an entrepreneur and work for myself. As I can only be my best boss. I spend my time hiking, going on adventures and seeing new places. I like to create things in graphics and move people with words. I strive to capture people within a photograph and make people question the way they think.