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Understanding Wellness

Wellness 300I’m sure you’ve heard the term wellness before, but do you know what it is? Everyday day I hear someone refer to the term wellness, it’s in the news, on tv, plastered on billboards, on the internet and just about everywhere you look. You can find wellness centers, apps, activities, magazines, coaches and 100 other items related to wellness, so what is it?

Quite often I hear individuals describe wellness as the absence of illness and disease or being fit and healthy. However, wellness isn’t just one particular item; instead it’s a state or process of making choices to bring about physical, social and mental well being and living a healthy and fulfilling life. In fact the subject of wellness involves several areas including:

  • Spiritual Health – Will help to establish peace in our lives and involves developing positive morals, good values and being ethical.
  • Social Health – Involves being able to connect with others in the world. It will help us to establish positive relationships with our peers, family and friends.
  • Emotional Health – Good emotional health will allow us to keep our problems in perspective and control our behavior, feelings and thoughts.
  • Environmental Health – Involves recognizing that we must be responsible for the land, air, and water around us. This includes maintaining the quality of the environment in our homes, community and planet.
  • Financial Health – Deals with a person’s financial situation. Financial health can cover several areas including your savings, funding your retirement and your current spending for essential and non essential expenses.
  • Mental Health – Involves recognizing our abilities so we can cope with life’s normal stresses and be productive and contribute to our community.
  • Occupational Health – Involves the ability to receive fulfillment from our job or career and maintain balance between our jobs and our leisure time. Since so much of our day is spent at work it’s critical that we find a job that we enjoy. Occupational health focuses on exploring our career options until we discover an option that fits.

As you can see there is quite a bit more to achieving wellness than maintaining a fitness routine and eating a healthy diet. Wellness can involve achieving and maintaining a balance and blend of healthy thinking, healthy eating, financial responsibility, physical fitness, a productive and fulfilling job and spiritual well being.

As I mentioned earlier, wellness isn’t just one specific item but rather it’s the desire to live a healthier life and is an ongoing life-long commitment that starts with our decision to obtain health on multiple levels, it affects what we do, how we feel, and what we think and believe.

Each one of us is different and what defines wellness for one person will be different for the next, one person may require more spiritual health while the next needs more financial health to feel fulfilled and achieve a state of well being. However, the one factor that’s constant is that each of us must be healthy to some degree on all eight levels to truly achieve a state of wellness.

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Nail Care is Important for Good Health

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen most people think about good health they never consider their fingernails. It’s very common to see individuals biting their nails or trying to clean and trim them with a knife. However nail health is an important part of your overall wellness.

The Importance of Maintaining Clean Nails. Due to their constant use, the hands are introduced to dusty or even filthy substances in your job and around your home; in fact it is very simple for some of the dirt, and germs that we come into contact with on a daily basis to become trapped in the tiny chink beneath the free edge of your nail, just between it and the curved end of your finger. It really is importance that the nail chink must be kept clean, not just because it is visually both unattractive and untidy to have the tips of the fingers “in mourning,” with dark bands around them, but additionally because the germs embedded beneath your fingernails could get in your food next time you eat, and result in discomfort and agitation in your abdomen. They could also result in other problems; for example, if your shirt collar scratches your neck, and then to eliminate the itching you scratch around your neck a little bit too hard using your fingers, the nail could scratch your skin; and if it’s coated with infectious grime, this might get into the small scratch and produce a boil, or perhaps a festering sore.

How You Should Clean Your Fingernails. The cleaning of your fingernails, however, should be done thoroughly and carefully; for, if too severe of a method is used, the vulnerable skin on the bottom surface of your fingernail could be torn, then your nail might be roughened or split, and the grime may work itself in just that much deeper the next time, and the germs may create inflammations beneath the nail. Because of this it is best never to utilize a sharp and pointed knife when cleaning your fingernails, but instead use a blunt-pointed nail cleaner, which can be purchased for a couple of dollars at most drug stores, or may already be an accessory on your pocket knife. Additionally it is better to trim the fingernails with a file or pair of scissors, rather than a knife, since the knife may split or even tear your nail. However, before either of these methods are used, your fingernails need to be completely softened in luke-warm water, and cleaned with a moderately firm nailbrush.

It is also advised that you do not push back against the folds of skin at the bottoms of the fingernails, with any type of instrument; or certainly, with anything rougher than the ball of your finger or thumb. This fold of skin is what protects the sensitive growing portion, or root, of your nail; and when it is pushed back too intensely, the root might become exposed or perhaps swollen and infected, and this can cause an extremely irritating small sore commonly referred to as a “hangnail”, and speaking from personal experience they can be very annoying and painful.

Why We Need Our Sleep And Rest

Sleeping 300It doesn’t matter who we are, male or female young or old; from the time we are born and everyday for the rest of our life we all need our sleep. But have you ever wondered; why do our bodies require sleep and rest? When we think about our physical health, probably the most important element in a lifestyle of healthily exercise, work, and play is sleep. Even when we are working hard, we require regular breaks and variations of work and leisure to prevent one of our most precious organs (our brains), from poisoning itself. After a period of time, even with the strongest and toughest individuals, there will come a time where no variation of work, or merely keeping still, will provide us enough rest; we start to experience drowsiness and have to go to sleep. This implies that our daily fatigue poisons our system, regardless of an ample supply of fresh air and having variation in work and play, these poisons will build up quicker than we are able to burn them, and we need sleep to revive our body.

Throughout the day our bodies are producing more carbon dioxide than the oxygen we consume and when we sleep we reverse the situation and our oxygen levels begin gaining on the carbon dioxide. For this reason we should make an effort to keep the air within our bedrooms pure and fresh.

But the want for sleep is far deeper; the sleeping and waking cycle is only a part of the rhythm where all life revolves around an interval of work accompanied by an interval of rest. If we were to attempt to peruse constant, never ending activity it would quickly spell death. Even though on the outside the body may appear to be resting, the process of growth and development occurs more rapidly when we sleep as compared to when we are awake. The rewards we receive from exercise become permanent with the sleep that follows. During their growth years young children need to spend more time sleeping for proper growth and development.

When we sleep, we are not stopping the useful activities of our body and mind; we are merely allowing our mind and body a chance to rebuild.  The truth is that we are really never more alive, growing and developing than when we sleep.

Everyone is different and requires a different amount of sleep to function properly. However, in today’s fast paced world, too often many people try to burn the candle at both ends and sacrifice their sleep. As mentioned earlier, during the early years when children develop the most, it is essential that they are allowed to receive all the sleep that their body needs.  Every child under the age of 12 should probably receive at least 10 hours of sleep daily, and every adult should get 8 or 9 hours. These are just suggested amounts and not a hard fast rule, a good guide to follow for everyone is to get to bed whenever you begin to feel sleepy, and get up when you feel rested. The time you spend in sound, refreshing sleep, will do wonders for your health. However, not everyone can sleep or at least not sleep well and this is a signal that something is wrong. Try adjusting your exercise or eating habits to help induce better sleeping habits. If nothing seems to work discuss the problem with your doctor, remember your body requires sleep to rebuild, grow and develop and without the proper rest you may suffer the consequences.