Although most people claim that they want to live the happiest and most productive life possible and will take the necessary steps to ensure that they are able to enjoy it, in reality, perhaps the majority of individuals fail to either do so or succeed in this pursuit! Many studies show that a combination of conventional and alternative interventions often yields the best results! We define wellness as the consistent adherence to healthy, general habits and behaviors to gain the best chance for better physical and mental-emotional health and well-being. Many believe this helps us get closer to thriving than just surviving! With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly look at, examine, review and discuss 5 ways you can improve your health through wellness.
1.Prevention: Although there are few guarantees in life, those who practice prevention and preventive medicine generally enjoy a healthier existence. This means avoiding foolish behaviors and recognizing how one’s lifestyle, habits, behaviors, actions (or inactions), and avoiding unwanted stress and tension (or learning how to deal with them in a personal, productive way) affect one’s overall health and well-being! Some preventive measures include: regular doctor and dentist visits, following doctor’s recommendations, observing dietary habits, taking vitamin supplements, appropriate exercise, etc.
2. non – invasive: although there are times when invasive medical interventions and/or medications are necessary, sometimes there are alternatives and options that are smarter, such as wellness approaches. One should discuss options with a trusted medical professional before proceeding, but during this discussion it is important to consider side effects and options rather than blindly proceeding!
3. lower risks: how can you effectively lower your personal health risk, and does a combination of conventional and/or alternative medicine make sense for you? This is not a guarantee that you will never get sick, but the more you can reduce risk, the better your chances!
4.diet and exercise: studies show that one’s weight, especially if it is significantly above recommended levels, is dangerous for overall health! Many believe that with a combination of a sensible, appropriate diet and a quality exercise program/system, you often live healthier!
5.Alternative Therapies: Alternative therapies used in addition to conventional therapies include: Herbal and vitamin supplementation, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, etc. There is a wealth of relevant information in the literature, but it is wisest to discuss the pros and cons with an open-minded medical professional from the outset.