FOOD/HEALTH

The Mind-Body-Environment Connections

The Mind-BodyOur bodies respond to how we think, feel, act, interact with others and the environment. Poor emotional health weakens the body’s immune system which protects us from diseases. The environment also impacts our health positively if the water, air, and soil are minimally polluted. Scientists have cautioned about the indoor air quality which has been invaded by a plethora of mold, household chemicals used for cleaning, disinfection, and insecticide.

Tips to include in Healthy Living

1) Eating Healthy and Keeping Fit

Daily have foods from the food groups of protein, carbohydrate (minimizing the use of refine preparations), fats and oils (preferably from plant sources). Include foods which are good sources of micronutrients such a zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium. A variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will provide fiber and ensure the essential vitamins are eaten daily to help cellular repair, provide anti-oxidants to combat free radicals. Keep physically active doing an activity you enjoy. Walking, gardening, yoga, jogging and swimming are a few activities to keep you fit.

2) Rest and Recreation

It is very important to factor in rest and recreation to stress proof the brain. The aim must be to have adequate restorative sleep. Learn relaxation techniques to calm and soothe the mind and body. Yoga, guided imagery/visualization, soothing music, art and dance are great therapies. Make the time to enjoy your ‘past-time’. Know which are your stressors and take preemptive actions to minimize or resolve them. Common stressors include: exhaustion, sleep deprivation, excessive physical exertion, bereavement, and worry. Learn energy boosting exercises. Underpinning healthy living is living in balance.

3) Balancing the Right and Left Brain

The right brain controls the creative thinking and is dominant in artistic individuals. On the other hand, the left brain determines the more cerebral approach to life, thinking through and analyzing issues before taking action. Are you right brain dominant? Create the time and space to explore your creativity.

4) Social Awareness and Voluntary Service

It is important to sharpen social skills. Social skills are important to advance and do well in the work place and society. Work on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. This will give you a boost to engage others in conversation. Find opportunities to volunteer and work in teams.

5) Love and Passion for Life

Love, passion, zest, and enthusiasm are powerful motivators that drive us to realize our dreams and goals. It is often said “follow your dreams”. Admittedly, fear has held some of us back. Have a go at giving yourself a treat and make plans to engage in your passion.

6) A recipe for Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health

Critical life skills that will determine whether your relationships are supportive and nurturing are: communication skills, empathy, and interpersonal skills. Intimacy is the adhesive to keep the relationship alive and interesting. If you are not able to discuss and resolve issues with your spouse, seek professional help. Ignoring relationship problems will cause the disharmony to escalate.

7) Finding Healing in Nature

The majestic beauty and incredible variety in nature provides something that touches each soul. It could be the trees in the forest, the vastness and stillness of the ocean, the mesmerizing sunrise/sunset, the quite ripple of a stream, or the breath-taking colors in a botanical garden.

Get away from the noise, smog and traffic and spend time enjoying nature. You will be rejuvenated and inspired. Explore how to use feng shui to bring the balancing energies of the outdoors to your indoor environment.

Readers Bureau, Contributor