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Health Tracking Is The Future Of Whole-Person Wellness

Why The Health Not?™ wants to be your health tracking analytics solution. Through digital health applications, smart technology, data science, and the power of the Internet, we’ve designed a matchmaking platform that makes progressive medicine attainable, affordable and available for everyone—everywhere. As a result, WTHN gives people power over their lives!

Health Tracking Means Real-Time Empowerment

In order to develop a better picture of your overall wellness, it’s essential to get involved in every aspect of your health. Since overall wellness means more than just physical health, we’ve designed our platform to be comprehensive. The 6 Pillars of Wellness that help you thrive also include Emotional, Intellectual, Financial, Social, and Spiritual health.

Customize each pillar according to your wants and needs. Then go exploring in our

  • comprehensive,
  • patient-centric,
  • HIPAA-compliant
  • ecosystem of wellness

. . . to find

  • providers,
  • services,
  • resources,
  • and educational materials

. . . that will help you strengthen each and every pillar.

Act Like An Olympian

Once you’ve got your baseline of wellness customized, you can track your progress, raise awareness of what relates to your goals, and make them happen. Did you know that one of the keys to success for Olympic athletes is deliberate, methodical charting of their health? Beginning with details of their training regimen to how much they sleep at night, their calories and workout stats—every aspect of their life is linked to numbers that correspond with their health.

Much like an Olympic athlete, the only way to really know where you stand in terms of health is by staying up-to-speed on what’s really going on. Accomplish this by using a platform that let’s you chart all aspects of wellness.

Statistics Prove Health Tracking Works

According to the Pew Research Center for Internet, sciences and tech,

“seven in ten U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or for a loved one . . . . Keeping notes on one’s health has been shown to be a tool for improving it, but up until now there has been no measure of how many people engage in this activity.”

WTHN’s digital health app allows you to track a variety of data, for you or your loved ones. Importantly, WTHN’s data scientists will provide analytics to prove the benefits of health tracking among all 6 Pillars of Wellness.

Additional data from Pew states the following, as reported in their article of January 2013 titled, “Tracking For Health:”

  • 46% of trackers say that this activity has changed their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone for whom they provide care
  • 40% of trackers say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion from another doctor
  • 34% of trackers say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition
  • 7 in 10 U.S. adults have tracked a health indicator for themselves or for someone else

And this is only a baseline. Advances in digital health technology, including our new pairing engine, promise infinite potential, right in the palm of your hands.

Your Healthcare, Your Way

Mapping your six pillars of wellness will give you a real-time snapshot so you can spot deficiencies and positive spurts as you move toward your wellness goals. The more time, attention and effort you put into it, the more likely you’ll notice when things begin to go wrong.

This is what true health care is all about: Preventative, proactive, using digital health to put you on the offensive line of your own wellness.


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Map Your Path To Awesomeness With WTHN’s New App

When was the last time you set a life-changing goal and failed to achieve it? Maybe your path to awesomeness was too long, too hard, or you just didn’t know where to start. That’s the case for many people: The destination isn’t the problem, the path itself is the problem. When your goal is whole-person wellness, you’ll need a path without obstruction, as short as possible, and easy to navigate.

Your Path To Awesomeness Starts Here

Why The Health Not?™ has a mission to empower you with the tools to reach your most important goal: personal health and overall wellbeing. WTHN has created a matchmaking platform designed to make progressive medicine attainable, affordable and available for everyone, everywhere. We’ve designed the framework for your own Path To Awesomeness.

Turning Sick Care Into Health Care

First of all, one of the biggest problems facing the current healthcare system is that professionals, who seem to make all the decisions, are the ones “responsible” for patient’s health. Also, treatments are covered only after the onset of disease or illness. This puts patients on the “defensive.” Essentially, our current system is “sick care.”

On the other hand, real “health care” means putting power back into the hands of individuals—before symptoms arise—in a system that allows patients to monitor their health and wellness, on their terms. Therefore, a real change won’t happen until this shift in perspective and power occurs.

Reclaim Ownership Of Your Wellness

WTHN wants to empower individuals to radically transform their personal health and overall wellbeing. How? Through the creation of a Health Oriented Pairing Engine available on your smart device, customized to your wants and needs, that gives you access to health providers in your area that match your criteria. Also, our platform offers users services, resources and educational materials that go beyond physical healthcare. Whole-person wellness also targets your emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and financial needs.

The Shortest Distance To Your Goals

Your Path To Awesomess should be straight and without detours or obstacles. WTHN’s pairing engine will steer you down this path. Important data and analytics tailored to your needs will help you find streamlined solutions to minimize trial and error. Most of all, it will also maximize your ability to discover the best treatment options in your area. Another benefit of our platform will be the experiences of other users, those willing to share their challenges and successes with others facing similar circumstances.

Join Our Beta Phase Today

The power will be in your hands in February 2017 as our beta phase begins. Give our pairing engine a test run. Put the power of your own health and wellness back into your hands (quite literally with our smartphone app!). Become an integral part of a new movement to Wellness 2.0. Sign up to be a beta user on our Home page today!

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Health Indicators: Daily Monitoring For Wellness 2.0

Optimizing whole-person wellness means regularly tracking a variety of components using advances in digital health. As a result, monitoring health indicators became one of the driving forces behind a new wellness program by Why The Health Not?™. Importantly, our vision is giving patients the capability to map individual wellness one day at a time, guided by our 6 Pillars of Wellness. Ultimately, this will bridge important gaps between “on the record” medical evaluations, resulting in a shift away from “sick care” to true healthcare.

Why Tracking Health Indicators Is Important

Since traditional healthcare typically covers in-depth physical check-ups by a doctor only once or twice a year, months of undocumented time goes by in between visits. As a result, conditions may develop and worsen without conscious awareness. This is the downside of how we’re trained to monitor health indicators in our current system; the epitome of “sick-care.” Therefore, WTHN is taking a different approach to wellness. Here’s a brief overview of our vision. Think of it as Wellness 2.0.

What Works For Olympic Athletes Will Work For You

First of all, track your healthcare needs with a virtual, customized diary. It could make a vital difference in treatment and preventative care. Best practices for whole-person wellness means daily monitoring of health indicators. That’s how Olympic athletes reach goals that determine what medal they may win, or if they will get to compete at all. Daily snapshots motivate and give important signals of progress, whether it’s diet, exercise, or another wellness goal.

Gamify Your Goals and Progress

Another important digital health capability is seeing real-time progress so you can achieve your goals. This is one of the biggest drivers behind the development of our new digital health app. And this is what patient-centric preventative care is all about. Progress turns into motivation, a real-time snapshot of what you’re doing right or wrong. Chip away on a daily basis so you can keep on track. Feel the confidence real-time feedback offers. As a result, you’ll stick to your plan with consistent reinforcement, especially if it’s positive. The key to changing your lifestyle behaviors will mean the difference between good or bad health.

With quantifiable metrics that measure and motivate you daily, you have a better chance of success. So gamify your health! It’s the new and innovative way ordinary people, not just Olympians, can incorporate wellness into their daily lives. Add some mojo to what’s most important to you, your health. And let our smartphone app help make this possible. Because WTHN is dedicated to whole-person wellness tracking, with a fun, proactive approach.

Shift Your Focus

Finally, how badly do you want to reach your health and wellness goals? Start by shifting your focus away from the status quo of today. Imagine the best version of yourself tomorrow. Almost all marketers for sports nutrition and weight loss programs find the best psychological motivators are “before” and “after” pictures of progress achieved. Since these visuals are so powerful in shifting focus toward what’s possible, go ahead and join them! Imagine you goals, monitor them daily, and want them badly. This is how you start to make them happen!

WTHN Is  Making Progress

Our vision for a Health Oriented Pairing Engine is making progress everyday. Because total wellness for all people is so important to us. Therefore, we expect our H.O.P.E. app to be ready for a beta launch February 2017. Sign up to be a beta user on our Home page and start treating your body and psyche with all the importance it deserves.

In conclusion, WTHN passionately believes in true healthcare:

A patient-centric, preventative wellness program that pairs users with healthcare providers in a HIPAA-compliant ecosystem spanning whole-person optimization.

That’s Wellness 2.0. Because Why The Health Not?

 

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Decipher Emotional Indicators, Boost Self-Awareness

Your emotions are speaking to you. Are you listening? It’s easy to overlook one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of our whole-person wellbeing. The logical patterns of culture and the codes of language shape much of our awareness. Making sense of our core identity isn’t easy when emotional indicators (the little voices in our heads) sometimes come out of left field.

Emotional Indicators Are An Invaluable Resource

Embrace your emotional indicators. The signals from our gut aren’t really fighting against our mental acuity. They’re actually silent helpers looking out for our best interests. Get in touch with your emotions. They’re one of the most important prognosticators of personal health. Start with giving your emotions equal attention with your other daily experiences. Interactions at work, with family—all your decision-making processes, to a certain extent—add to your emotional indicators. And everyone’s emotional language is unique. That’s why it can be so challenging and complex to decipher.

What Are Emotions, Really?
GPS

Emotions are the internal navigation system of our lives. The “feel” of a situation, person, or future choice is the bird’s eye view that predicts clear sailing or a rocky road. Don’t ignore it. Let it guide your decision making. Good choices will boost overall wellness, not deteriorate it with destructive stress.

Voice

How you express yourself depends on your emotional wellbeing. Do you lean toward the positive or the negative? Positive self-expression means your likely more in tune with your emotions. It also means you have a good balance in all six pillars of wellness. But if you’re the naysayer, the pessimist, the whiner, you may have underlying issues in other areas that erodes your self-esteem. Take a hard look at the other pillars of wellness: physical, social, spiritual, financial and intellectual. What improvements can you make in those?

Maestro

Garbage in, garbage out. Your emotions translate and reflect your daily input of experiences. What balance of good and bad do you allow into your personal universe? Filter the input, which directly affects how “well” you are in every aspect of your life. The end result is your “mood,” and that affects your decision making. Choose the notes more carefully as you compose the daily song of your life. You’ll make sweeter music, heard by all around you.

Mentor

Have you ever shifted your beliefs about something or someone because you learned something new? Changing your mind is okay and it happens a lot. When revelations cause a shift in our stance, it proves how strongly emotions are connected to our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. Ultimately, emotions aren’t just components of our intellectual health. They’re also strong indicators of how we’re feeling physically and spiritually.

Clinician

Emotions speak to our body. Our stomach, bladder, spine, and nervous system reflect our emotional wellness through pain, sensations, or debilitations. On the flip side, our emotions are also dictated by what our bodies are telling us. It’s a cycle of wellness or sickness. Depending on where you are on that spectrum, listening to your emotions could signal a physical issue. Don’t ignore your internal signals when they’re desperately trying to get your attention.

Learn A New Language

Deciphering emotional language can be challenging. But body language is clear if you know what you’re looking for. A study of body language will show how emotions shape what others see. Are you aware of the signals you’re sending? Try an experiment: Watch the body language of everyone you meet during the day. Look for a few of the most obvious signals:

  • Eye Contact: How often are you connecting?
  • Arms: Are they crossed, constantly moving, still?
  • Posture: Slouched, stiff, leaning in or out?
  • Personal Space: Too close or too far away?

Take an assessment of their body language to analyze your own. How do you reflect the above signals? Is your body language giving an accurate reflection of how you really feel or want to be seen by others? What adjustments can you make?

Daily Journey Of Discovery

Add something positive to your daily routine. Shift your focus to decipher your emotional indicators and how your body reflects them. Each new day can offer a new insight. Don’t judge yourself; try to discover yourself. Get in sync to enhance your emotional wellness pillar. As this gets stronger, your other wellness pillars will strengthen.

Finally, keep a daily journal as a guide for progress. As in most things: It’s quite possible you’ll learn something new every day!

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Spiritual Wellness: Expand Your Mind, Fill Your Soul

Spiritual wellness is not only a matter of faith—though we hope you’ll have some faith in the power of this pillar of wellness. Of course, many peg spirituality to religious faith, an opportunity to be part of a large organization of believers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have spiritual wellness without religion. Faith offers different things to different people. Tolerance and appreciation of these differences is the ultimate in spirituality.

What Defines Your Spiritual Wellness?

That’s a question only you can answer. It’s made up of a number of influences: faith, values, morals, ethics and belonging. Here’s another question: Is your spirituality defined by your faith, or is your faith defined by your spirituality? Here’s a list for a quick self-assessment:

  • What do you value?
  • Can you list your morals?
  • Do you have a set of beliefs?
  • When do you make time for prayer or meditation?
  • Do you display compassion, forgiveness and an ability to love?
  • Are you an active and positive member of your community?
  • Do you care for others unrelated to yourself?
  • Are you able to let go of anger?
  • Is there a higher power that you can turn to for inspiration?

Your answers will help determine your current spiritual wellness. They may also uncover possible goals to strengthen this pillar. Are you interested in learning more about different faiths? Would you be interested in seeking a spiritual leader?

Counsel In Congregation

Spiritual leaders often act as counselors for their congregations. Speaking with a spiritual leader may benefit other pillars of wellness: emotional, social and intellectual. Try seeking out experts in other faiths, or those outside traditional faith-based organizations, in order to expand your spiritual horizon.

Education Doesn’t Challenge Faith

On the contrary, it serves to guide your personal spiritual wellness. Even one of the smartest men of all time, Albert Einstein, said, “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” As you follow an educational tangent, look for institutions that are inclusive—not only for you but also for others seeking spiritual wellness.

You’ll find yourself more engaged with your community and thinking more selflessly as you go down this path. You’ll also feel more fulfilled by your positive actions. Guess which pillar this strengthens? Social wellness!

A Gift To Yourself

Charitable acts and helping others boosts your self-worth. Along with prayer or meditation, it can greatly enhance your emotional wellness pillar. The networking and relationships you nurture in your spiritual community may also boost your intellectual, physical and financial pillars. You can see, yet again, the impact one pillar of wellness has on whole-person health. It powers your quality of life!

“Don’t ignore one pillar of wellness in favor of another lest one crumbles and falls out from under you.”Chrissy Larsen

 

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Financial Wellness: A Key Ingredient To Whole Health

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you spritzers, and spritzers make you happy.” We’re not sure who said that, but we agree that money can’t buy you happiness. Understanding how to be financially healthy, however, makes it easier to be happy. Don’t define your financial wellness by the average balance in your bank account. Measure it by your ability to understand how to make your finances work for you so you can achieve your life goals. Let’s be honest: Without a decent income or a cushion for savings or retirement, life goals are hard to achieve. And working toward them without a plan can be very stressful.

You Can’t Ignore Financial Wellness

The state of your financial wellness pillar will determine how strong or weak your other pillars of wellness are. It can also mean the difference between achieving all your wellness goals or obstructing your path to whole health.

Don’t Skimp On Professional Help

It’s never too early to seek the advice of professional financial planners. You may scoff at the idea because of the expected cost, but remember that one of the biggest concerns surrounding healthcare is the high cost of practitioners and care. Ignoring any one of the six pillars of wellness, especially the financial pillar, could turn a small problem that’s manageable today into a behemoth money pit in the future! It may even ruin us financially. So, let’s get prepared today.

Here’s a short list to gauge the state of your financial wellness. How prepared are you in these areas?

  • Does your income support your lifestyle?
  • Do you have an adequate amount tucked away in savings?
  • Is your debt low or high?
  • Are you planning for retirement?
  • Have you planned for medical or healthcare expenses?
  • Are you consistently budgeting to stay within your means?
  • Do you use tracking tools to achieve financial goals?
  • Are you planning for investments?
  • Do you have adequate financial education?
  • Have you secured privacy and identity fraud protection?
  • Do you have a college savings account?
  • Have you planned your family’s financial needs?
More Bang For Your Buck

Bankers, investment professionals, and accountants all specialize in maximizing the efficiency of your hard-earned dollars. Some of these services may be available through your bank and may be free to bank customers. Even a basic understanding of how to pay off your debt and reduce your interest rates could help you save for a home and balance your budget. Financial wellness starts here—and could get you on solid footing to build up your future.

Make A Timeline

Your goals here are simple: Think of your ideal lifestyle and do some research to find out what it takes to get there. Then create a timeline, a plan to move forward, including how much income you’ll need and how much to set aside for savings. Don’t forget about possible investments, the need for educational spending, and the type of career you’re best-suited for, in order to stick to your timeline.

Always Have A Backup Plan

No matter how hard you work to avoid foreseeable roadblocks, it doesn’t mean a hurdle can’t block your path from out of the blue. If it does, it doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Talk to financial planners about the best way to protect your earnings and assets. Shore up your financial wellness pillar and you may weather the storm relatively unscathed.

Eliminate A Huge Source of Stress

Grab the biggest source of stress by the horns by placing all your financial ducks in a row. This freedom will very likely improve your physical health, allow you peaceful sleep, an inclination toward careful nutrition and exercise—and help you afford access to proper professional care when you need it most. Emotional, social and educational wellness is improved also by reduced stress and anxiety as well as sleep, however, working towards financial wellness aides these pillars by giving you more self-esteem and confidence.

Wellness in this pillar boosts your other pillars, as well. And whole-person wellness is so much easier with that added self-esteem and self-confidence!

Take this quote to the bank:

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguish the strong soul from the weak.”Thomas Carlyle

 

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Intellectual Wellness: How Hungry Are You To Learn?

If you’re reading even this first line, chances are your intellectual wellness is already pretty solid because you’re curious about it. The fact that you want to learn more about your wellness indicates you have a thirst for knowledge. And that’s awesome!

Intellectual Wellness Means Exercising Your Cognitive Powers

The obvious way is through education, but there are many more approaches that don’t involve enrolling in night school. We can all agree, your brain is a muscle, and you need to use it to keep it sharp and healthy. Give it a great workout by engaging in activities that challenge your mind, force you to solve problems or puzzles that broaden your cognitive powers and stretch your imagination.

Quality, Not Quantity

It’s important to understand that intelligence isn’t defined by how much you know. Intellectual wellness measures your willingness and ability to learn and apply new concepts to your everyday life. This one pillar of wellness should support the other five.

What’s the state of your current intellectual wellness? Take a moment to assess this short list:

  • Are you able to easily access the information you need?
  • How fast can you recall memories?
  • Can you solve problems without getting stressed?
  • Is your concentration easily broken?
  • Do you enjoy learning?
  • Can you become a better reader?
  • Is it difficult for you to learn new concepts?
  • Do you get confused easily?
  • What’s your reaction to those with higher intellect?
Find The Gaps and Fill Them

If you’re not sure how to accurately measure your current intellectual wellness, there are professionals who can give you valuable insight. In addition to understanding your emotional health, psychologists are also trained to aid in the understanding of knowledge. Remember, the goal isn’t to determine you’re intelligence. You’ve already read half this blog! Rather, it’s to determine what you can do to boost your intelligence—and point you to resources that can help you achieve your intellectual wellness goals.

The Sky’s The Limit

With a baseline of your intellectual wellness, you’re ready to set goals. The loftier the better; many avenues are free, thanks to the Internet, public libraries, and specialized meet-ups. Whatever you decide on, try to stick it out for a while. Give yourself permission to fail and try again. Making your mind stronger and sharper will pose just as many challenges as what goes into making your body stronger. Don’t let difficult roadblocks turn you away from your goals. In fact, the more you persist, the more resilient you’ll become. And guess what? That in itself will make your mind stronger over time.

Sharpest Tool In The Shed

Those with heightened intellectual wellness possess the best tools for life enhancement. In previous articles, we discussed the importance of physical, emotional and social wellness, and how those pillars support intelligence:

  • physical activities increase brain function and knowledge retention
  • proper nutrition promotes cognition and memory
  • proper sleep reduces stress on the brain
  • emotional balance frees up your ability to use logic to solve problems
  • all of the above boost your self-confidence

Are there any limits to intellectual wellness? No, there aren’t. And on that note, here’s a great quote to retain in that growing mind of yours:

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.Carl von Clausewitz

 

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Social Wellness Is Defined By You, Not Them

Social media would have you believe social wellness is defined by how many likes, shares, and followers you get in an hour, a day, a week. If being judged by the pictures of your food and your pet were the criteria, they might be correct. Yeah . . . No.

Social Wellness Is About Relationships

Specifically, making the most of the ones you have while also finding ways to make new ones. Just as with your previous two pillars, you’ll need to first understand your current social state. It’s not measured by how many friends you have, or how often you engage in activities, but rather how your relationships and activities are fulfilling your needs. And only you can determine what your social needs are.

Let’s take a look at the underlying factors that define your social needs. How many can you relate to?

  • Are you lonely?
  • Do you enjoy your current relationships?
  • How do you make time for others?
  • What activities have you regretfully passed up?
  • Do friends and family invite you to participate?
  • Are you available to engage in activities?
  • What hobbies or interests are you ignoring?
  • Having a hard time finding activities that interest you?
  • Would you do more if you had a partner?
Balance vs. Co-Dependency

It’s important to understand that each relationship will be different, depending on the person at the other end. However, almost all functional relationships require both people to maintain a level of independence and autonomy. When we find ourselves in a relationship based primarily on satisfying a need (like love, loneliness, or something else that benefits one person more than the other) it creates “co-dependency.” This places an undue burden on you or the other person, which is often not healthy.

Self-Assessment

Social wellness means you are meeting your needs outside of your relationships. For example, if you need love, you need to love yourself before someone else can love you (and vice versa). If you’re in a relationship where you feel loved but don’t share the sentiment for the other person, it becomes easier to cause pain. This will definitely be a drag on your social wellness (and theirs).

Now apply this idea to casual friendships, professional contacts, family dynamics, etc. The goal is to make sure you’re not taking advantage of someone else. And making sure someone else isn’t taking advantage of you.

Plan of Action

Now that you’ve taken a moment to assess your current state of social wellness, start making yourself socially healthier. Go out there and do things! What activities do you enjoy? Plan them and find ways to bring others along. If you’re happier outside and being active, invite others to play along. If you prefer being indoors, make plans for company and enjoy social time that way.

There’s nothing wrong with alone time. But if you find yourself alone more often than not—and noticing it with regret—maybe it’s time to take a proactive approach and invite others into your private space. Not only could joint activities strengthen your relationships, being social could boost your self-esteem, as well.

Choose Your Activities With Care

Think of the behaviors you engage in. Some will be positive and others will be negative. Can you see how each will have a direct effect on your other pillars of wellness? How can you balance the good from the bad so your social pillar doesn’t erode too much? If you find yourself engaging in too many activities that have negative results (and we’re all guilty of that at times), make a deliberate shift. Find time to volunteer, taking in the cultural arts in your area, take time to travel, participate in team sports, games, and recreational activities. See? That’s not so hard.

Something as simple as movie night can help strengthen relationships that lean toward the negative—and improve your mood and self-esteem very naturally. Negative social activities you engage in without your partner might damage your relationship, and increase stress. That affects your emotional wellness pillar. By making poor choices, you harm yourself in other ways. If you wake up the next morning feeling as like you’ve been run over by a truck, it might be best to avoid those trucks!

Put Yourself On The Priority List

Of course, the more responsibilities you have, the harder it is to balance your social life with obligations that top your priority list. You’re the one that decides how important your social wellness is. You’ll always have responsibilities—to work, school, family, etc. However, how you spend your free time and with whom is entirely up to you.

Make social activities a priority in your life. And involve the ones you care about. It will make all your other obligations easier to participate in. Most importantly, it will reduce your overall stress.

So, go ahead. Give yourself an afternoon off for play. It may make your workweek that much easier to enjoy.

 


Quotes To Remember

 

“The wellness and prevention market will outgrow the healthcare market.”Leroy Hood

“A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.”Hippocrates

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Emotional Wellness Begins With A Proactive Approach

Emotional wellness is the pillar that supports your mental health—and your ability to understand how and why you feel the way you do. It’s perhaps the least understood of our 6 Pillars of Wellness. But being aware of your feelings is not enough. It’s also important to understand how your feelings affect your day-to-day life, and how forces beyond your control impact emotional wellness.

Managing Your Emotional Wellness

If you believe controlling your feelings is beyond your grasp, think again. Believe it or not, you have plenty of influence. You can proactively shape your attitude toward more positive feelings. This will improve your overall mood and mental state. It’s no wonder the strength of the first two pillars of wellness (physical and emotional) determine the strength of the remaining four (social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual).

Accept Who You Are

The first step toward shaping your emotional wellness pillar is acceptance: accept who you are and how you feel about certain things. Give yourself permission to be happy with who you are and why you feel. Once you’ve chosen to accept your feelings, you’ve established firm footing toward stepping up your emotional wellness.

My Map Is Different From Yours

Mapping emotional wellbeing and mental health is unique to each individual. Much like a fingerprint, each map varies from one person to another. It’s important to understand we each see the world differently, and the world impacts each of us differently. Not only is that okay, it’s inherently human. The reasons for our differences may not be easy to define, or even justify. But identifying our trigger points on our emotional wellness roadmap will help us navigate around them, or meet them head on.

Let It All Out

Start your personalized blueprint: Express your emotions. Expose them to someone you trust who understands you. Loved ones are the obvious choice, and trusted friends are another. Depending on the complexity of your emotional pillar, it may be wise to consult a mental health professional. Counselors, psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to help you better understand yourself. Beginning your blueprint to emotional wellness with professional help can put you on a fast track toward achieving your goals.

Shine A Light On Triggers

Once we begin the process of expressing our feelings, we can recognize them. Now is the time to strengthen emotional expressions against our triggers. That’s how we make this pillar the basis for stronger bonds. Important relationships with family, friends and co-workers will improve. Why is that? Because the strength of your emotional pillar dictates the strength of your communication skills. And that’s a key ingredient for success in all the other pillars of wellness.

The basic elements of emotional wellness make a short list, but each of the three listed below has its complexities. How many can you relate to? How many have you already tackled?

DEPRESSION

It’s hard to go through life without experiencing depression at some point, on multiple levels. When it becomes debilitating, some look to professionals and consider antidepressants. Exercise may be a better option. In some cases, it’s almost as effective as antidepressants. And without the negative side effects. Exercise reduces inflammation, releases endorphins, increases libido, corrects sleep cycles, increases motivation, and even improves memory.

And let’s not forget the physical benefits. Supporting the physical pillar may also prevent a relapse of depression. Improved self-esteem and self-confidence are strong barriers against trigger points that pounce when we’re most vulnerable: Emotionally.

ANXIETY

What happens when we know something has to be done but we don’t or can’t make it happen? Maybe we’re simply fearful of a situation or an outcome that seems beyond our control. We can combat tension and stress (the root of anxiety) with our body’s natural endorphins. Exercise, once again, is the key here. Fitness goals supporting the physical wellness pillar helps combat anxiety.

Say goodbye to your sedentary self and begin a physical cycle of positive activity. Soon, you’ll regain the clarity you need to take control of your stressors. Concentrate on breathing, endurance, distance, posture, and other elements. You’ll be meditating before you know it! Higher-intensity physical activity can elicit your fight or flight instinct. This naturally resets your brain to focus on the task at hand, not the cause of your anxiety. You may actually break the anxiety cycle, altogether.

STRESS

Stress literally hurts your body. This intangible drag on your emotions has a tangible effect on your body. From muscle soreness to headaches, lack of sleep and even jaw pain from clenching teeth, the struggle is real. Did you know a sedentary lifestyle makes us more vulnerable to stress? Add in high-pressure situations from work, finances, or relationships and it gets even worse. Stress multiplies, too: As soon as notice its existence, it causes more stress! Exercise and nutrition will give your mind a break by forcing your focus on proactive activities. Get into a routine of reaching positive physical goals and break the stress cycle.

 


There are many more emotional symptoms that can be addressed with proper physical wellness. Mental health professionals would be a great resource for uncovering symptoms and finding healthy resolutions.

Importantly, as you strengthen your emotional pillar of wellness,

remember to be kind to and patient with yourself.

Treat negative feelings and emotional weakness as you would an injury to your physical body. You’ll recognize the importance for healing time. All wounds need to heal.

So, let’s start healing today!

 

 

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6 Pillars of Wellness: #1 Physical
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Physical Wellness Starts Your Path To Awesomeness

In order to understand how to thrive and not just live, start on The Path To Awesomeness with an understanding of the 6 Pillars of Wellness. What are they and how do they work together to create a whole-person approach to true health care? The 6 Pillars address the primary categories that support the most important aspects of healthy, happy human beings. Mapping your wellness among the 6 Pillars helps ensure you are maximizing your life. Let’s start with the basics.

Physical Wellness Pillar, Digital Health by Why The Health Not?THE 6 PILLARS OF WELLNESS:

  • PHYSICAL
  • EMOTIONAL
  • SOCIAL
  • INTELLECTUAL
  • FINANCIAL
  • SPIRITUAL

 

Each of these pillars works together and is affected by the another. For example, if your physical wellness is compromised, it will impact your emotional, social and financial wellness. If you’re financially unwell, it affects your stress levels which immediately erodes your physical, emotional and social health. Of course, you probably know this and have seen it in action. But what can we do about it? How can we minimize weakness in a vulnerable area and perhaps overcome it, once and for all? We’ll explain more in this six part series and lead to an innovative solution created by the Why The Health Not? team.

Physical Wellness Is Step One

The physical pillar is the simplest to understand; your body has been telling you how it feels your entire life! But are you listening? Sure, you grew up hearing your body tell you when it’s hungry or thirsty, tired or energetic. You and your body are together all the time. Let’s maximize this close relationship and use it to better understand the all-important physical pillar of wellness.

This pillar is vast and comprehensive. To make it easy to digest, let’s start with the basics. Digestion, nutrition and hydration are some of the key components of physical wellness, along with exercise, sleep and balancing the treatment of illness or injury with medication and preventative actions. In a nutshell, your body is in a constant state of fluctuation between healthy and unhealthy. It’s important to understand that physical health is not merely about the absence of illness; it’s also about making good choices that help strengthen some of the other pillars that support our physical wellbeing.

The goal of physical wellness is optimal physical fitness. But that doesn’t mean you need to go full-gladiator. The healthiest physical you is the version that can better defend your body against preventable illness, speed up recovery from injury, sustain a positive mood, keep stress levels in check, see tasks to their completion, and basically enjoy life. A strong physical pillar, therefore, is your solid foundation for a thriving lifestyle.

How Strong Is Your Physical Pillar?

What’s your current physical state? This is the question you’ll want to ask yourself first. Do a diagnostic check on your current physical condition. Here’s a general checklist to get started. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all set of rules that works for everyone. We’re all different, so you’ll want to get the advice of a physical health professional to truly assess your current physical state. He or she will help by being objective and providing you with metrics, goals and expertise that go beyond basic observation, making sure you get optimal results.

Do you

  • eat a balanced diet?
  • get plenty of sleep?
  • engage in physical activity?
  • know your physical limits?
  • take care of yourself when you’re ill?
  • understand your medication(s)?
  •  listen to your body’s needs?
  • receive regular check-ups?
  • avoid substance abuse?

You may not be able to accurately assess all of these criteria right now. That’s completely okay. Assessing your current physical state is not about how far you’ve come but understanding where you are now so you know where you want to go. Be honest with yourself and give yourself permission to not be perfect. Your wellness is about what makes you healthy, not how others perceive you. Is there something you need to focus on that’s not included in this list? Then focus on that, too. Again, everyone is different.

After you’ve given yourself plenty of time to focus on your current physical state so you can understand where you are, you’ll want to set goals to improve these areas. A professional can help here too: as a source of valuable information and advice for what your realistic goals can be. Set goals that are attainable and focus on wellness first and foremost. Once you’ve achieved better wellness you can focus on more strength, a leaner figure, running a million kilometers . . . But before you get great, let yourself get good.

Let’s Tackle The Other Pillars

Now that you have an understanding of the physical wellness pillar, you should know how it affects your other pillars. Your physical self will either help or hinder your other wellness states in many ways. If you’re suffering from fatigue you may be more susceptible to emotional responses that aren’t in your control. If you’ve been injured, you may have to abstain from social or work activities which will affect your social and financial wellness and so on. Your wellness depends on your pillars holding you up. If one begins to crumble and fall away, it puts more stress on the others to hold you up.

So, let’s get started!

 

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