In my previous article, the 5 Most Important Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy, I focused primarily on the preventative aspect of health eating in staying healthy. At this time, I will focus on the behavioral component in healthy living. That is to say healthy living has a strong behavioral and relationship component that you have to take control of.
Health disease is often caused by unhealthy eating, smoking, and by our level of physical behavior and activity. The common thread here is human behavior which to a great extent is causally involved in major organic disorders. In fact, studies have shown that half of all organic illnesses that patients complain about have psychological factors among the basic causes.
In this context, let’s look at 5 more important things you can do to stay healthy:
1. Know that health is both mental and physical.
To get the maximum enjoyment out of life, you should pursue the care and feeding of both your body and your mind. Symptoms of distress in your life need to be understood in the context of your entire body, not just the immediate area affected. Think of your health as a broad goal for both your body and your mind. Doctors found patients with physical ailments who received a combination of physical and mental therapies were two and a half times more likely to making a long term successful recovery than patients who receive treatment only for the physical condition.
2. Stop Worrying. You Can Worry Your Health Away.
Feeling out of out of control, feeling a sense of dread, and feeling a sense of inadequacy are threats to your dispositions as well as threats to your health habits. When we feel vulnerable, we are less likely to maintain healthy living habits and more likely to turn to unhealthy and excessive behaviors as a comfort to our feelings. However, the relief is quite temporary, while the health effects are lasting. Doctors found that people who experience high levels of anxiety were up to seven times more likely to practice poor health habits.
3. Remember that the route to a healthy living is found in your home and in your life.
The route to a healthy life is not found in doctors’ offices or hospitals. It is found in our homes and our lives. Enjoying your life and the people around you will contribute to your health and reduced effects of aging. People who described their home lives as satisfying were 24 percent more likely to live beyond normal life expectancy.
4. Watch Your Home Life.
Conventional wisdom has it that work stress can be the main hurdle to healthy living. For most people, however, home life is a far more significant factor in overall health than work life. The positive effect of a good home life is far more powerful than the negative effect of a bad work life. Researchers who studied the effect of work and marriage on health found that the strain of a person’s job was unrelated to long term blood pressure. Those with strong marriages, though, showed an 8 percent improvement over time. Those with struggling marriages, conversely, deteriorated by 6 percent
5. Maintain Healthy Relationships with Those who are Important in Your Life.
Our health is not just a reflection of our habits, it is also a reflection of our lifestyle and the people around us. People who enjoy strong relationships are healthier because they feel less stress generally and tend to deal with stressful situations better. Cherishing your relationships with family and friends is as important to your health as eating right and exercising.
It is important then to take control of your health. The greater your sense of control over what you are doing and what will occur to you, the less wear and tear you will put on your body. By focusing on remedies and solutions to the problems that arise, you can keep your attention to what you can do in any situation instead of which you can’t do.