Positive living and wellbeing - Part 2
There is no consensus around a single definition of wellbeing, but there is general agreement that at minimum, wellbeing includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning. In simple terms, wellbeing can be described as judging life positively and feeling good.
There are so many ways to look after your wellbeing and mental health. Food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. Eating well helps maintain brain health throughout your lifespan.
Nutrition and eating well can make a difference to the way you feel and in-turn may improve your mental health. Eat Real Food. The food we eat has an impact. It also plays a determining role in shaping our health, our energy levels and our moods. Eating mindfully is beneficial and healing for our planet and us. Develop a positively loving relationship with food as Food is your primary form of medicine, an essential way of healing. It is also an extremely fun, joyous and colorful part of a natural, healthy lifestyle. Benefits of eating real food include increased energy, sustained vitality, a healthy glow, improved concentration, healthy weight maintenance, stress reduction, decreased inflammation, real satiety, stable blood sugar levels, and balanced hormones and mood.
Relax. Why relaxation is important! Many people associate relaxation with being unproductive or even lazy. However, relaxation is needed to help ensure the health of your mind, body and spirit. Relaxation gives you some much needed time to unwind and take your mind off the thoughts and concerns that may be currently worrying you. Relaxation is also beneficial for stress relief. As stress is linked to a number of diseases and illnesses such as hypertension and heart disease, the need to put aside time for relaxation is vital. Thankfully, there are so many fulfilling ways to walk this path. We often equate 'relaxation' with activities like listening to music or walking in nature, or simply having a quiet time. Relaxation is something we do naturally, and we don't need any special training or techniques. However, deep relaxation is something very different. It quietness your mind and releases physical tension in your body. In a state of deep relaxation, your heart beat and breathing slow down, and your body and mind become deeply calm. Practicing visualization and meditations creates a wonderful, simple practice for relaxation in daily life.