About Wellness

Wellness is a positive state of feeling good and functioning well that enables people to achieve their full potential, enjoy quality of life, and contribute positively to their community. Wellness is about being able to handle life´s ups and downs, finding meaning, and living our values - love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, responsibility, harmony, and concern for others.

Wellness - mind, body and soul - positive state of feeling

Wellness is a measure of a person´s mental and physical health, so wellness assessments take into account a number of factors that can affect health, such as relationships, exercise, nutrition and the safety of a person´s living situation. Holistic medicine addresses the entirety of a person´s lifestyle and attempts to uncover ways in which lifestyle, relationships, and environment contribute to medical issues. The mind and body are not discrete, separate entities, and physical health can affect emotional well-being. A person who gets inadequate nutrition may struggle more with psychological issues, and chronic stress can contribute to a number of physical health conditions.

Wellness is about eating healthy foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco and the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. Wellness grows in communities that are safe and inclusive, and provide cultural, sport and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Communities which promote wellness, encourage open debate and ensure that people have a voice in decisions that matter to them. It includes curiosity and life-long learning that begins in the home, and is nurtured in schools, workplaces and the community at large.

Most importantly, wellness is about the relationships we nurture with family, friends, co-workers, neighbours and others.

Six Dimensions of Wellness:

  • Emotional Wellness - Feel positive & enthusiastic about one self & life.
  • Intellectual Wellness - Create a greater understanding & appreciation of one self & others.
  • Physical Wellness - Participation in activities for cardiovascular endurance, muscular strengthening & flexibility
  • Social Wellness - Creation & maintenance of healthy relationships
  • Spiritual Wellness - Developing a strong sense of personal values & ethics
  • Vocational Wellness - Achieving personal & occupational interest through meaningful activities

Wellness is a proactive, preventive approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning. Wellness can also be defined as an active process through which you become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.

So, let's begin our journey!

Healthy Lifestile

Healthy lifestile - cheerful group of people

Let us introduce you to the healthy lifestyle habits that can positively affect your health and wellness for years to come. Our mission is for all who enter our doors to take one step closer to this state of vibrant health and well-being.

A wellness-oriented lifestyle encourages you to adopt habits and behaviors that promote better health and an improved quality of life. It also involves the recognition that you have physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs, with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning.

Improve Nutrition:

  • Buy whole,fresh foods - whether canned or frozen
  • Reject foods and drinks made with corn syrup, a calorie dense sweetener
  • Start each dinner with a mixed green salad, which will help you reduce your appetite

Improve Physical Fitness:

  • Do a squat every time you pick something up, instead of bending over. This forces you to use your leg muscles and will build strength.
  • Whenever you're standing on a line, lift one foot a half-inch off the ground. The extra stress on your opposite foot, ankle, will help firm and tone muscles. Switch feet every few minutes.

Improve Stress Control:

  • Give your partner a hug every day before work. This simple act can help you remain calm.
  • Twice a day, breathe deeply for three to five minutes
  • Have a good cry. It can boost your immune system, reduce levels of stress hormones, eliminate depression, and help you think more clearly.

Improve Sleep:

  • Eat a handful of walnuts before bed. You'll be giving yourself a boost of fiber and essential fatty acids -- a natural sleep-inducer.
  • Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillow cases with lavender water. The scent promote relaxation, which can lead to better sleep.

Improve Your Relationships:

It's not always easy to keep friendships and family connections strong when you're busy with work, children, and other demands on your time. Here are some tips for keeping those relationships healthy even in tough times:

  • Visit friends and family. Take time to make a phone call, send email, or write a quick note.
  • Make new friends. Establish new contacts with people who have similar lifestyle.
  • If you feel too exhausted to talk to or relate with the people important to you, tell them and explain your feelings to them. This communication can help you both feel better.

Protect Your Sexual Health:

Love and sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships, and to our happiness. Research has shown that sex is more important to happiness than money. Along with the positive aspects of sexuality, however, there are illnesses that can affect your sexual health. But by taking precautions, you can stay well.

Among the issues that can affect your sexual health are:

  • Birth control
  • Impotence and desire issues
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Body image
  • Sexual satisfaction

How your health affects your sex life?

There is an important relationship between overall health, overall lifestyle, and sexual satisfaction. Certain physical conditions that go along with obesity also affect sex drive, further dampening the desires of those who are overweight.

You can make some lifestyle changes to enhance your libido:

  • If you're overweight, lose a little weight to stimulate sex hormones.
  • Eat more nutritious food, which control cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Choose heart-healthy foods such as grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and lean sources of dairy and protein.
  • Exercise regularly. To strengthen your heart and help build endurance, add a few high-intensity bouts to your fitness routine. Strength training is also a good idea, to build shapely muscle and to keep your body strong enough to handle all your day-to-day activities (including sex).
  • Get enough rest. It's hard to be in the mood for love when you are exhausted!
  • Keep a positive attitude. Accept your body, whatever its size, and believe in your sensuality.

Although small changes in lifestyle - along with some healthy "self-talk" - can go a long way toward improving both drive and desire, if you still are experiencing sexual problems, professional help may be in order. Sexual problems may be physical or psychological in nature, and can affect both men and women.

Stress Control

Young woman under pressure at work - stress

A lot of things can cause stress. ou may feel stress when you go on a job interview, take a test, or run a race. These kinds of short-term stress are normal. Long-term stress is caused by events that last over a long period of time, like problem at work or conflicts in your family. Over time, Long-term stress can lead to severe health problems.

Cheerful young woman at work - no strees

Personal problems that can cause stress:

  • Your health - especially if you have a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis
  • Emotional problems - such as anger you can't express, depression, grief, guilt, or low self-esteem
  • Your relationships - such as having problems with your relationships or feeling a lack of friendships or support in your life
  • Major life changes - such as dealing with the death of a parent, losing your job, getting married, or moving to a new city
  • Stress in your family - such as having a child, teen, or other family member who is under stress, or being a care giver to a family member who is elderly or who has health problems
  • Conflicts with your beliefs and values - For example, you may value family life, but you may not be able to spend as much time with your family as you want.

Social and job issues that can cause stress:

  • Your surroundings - Living in an area where overcrowding, crime, pollution, or noise is a problem can create chronic stress.
  • Your social situation - Not having enough money to cover your expenses, feeling lonely, or facing discrimination based on your race, gender, age, or sexual orientation can add stress to your life.
  • Your job - Being unhappy with your work or finding your job too demanding can lead to chronic stress. Learn how to manage job stress.
  • Unemployment - Losing your job or not being able to find work can also add to your stress level.

How stress affects the body?

Stress causes changes in your body. It also affects your emotions. Common symptoms of stress include a fast heartbeat, headache, stiff neck, back pain, sweating, upset stomach. Over time stress can affect your:

  • Immune system - Constant stress can make you more likely to get sick more often, and if you have a chronic illness stress can make your symptoms worse.
  • Heart - Stress is linked to high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia), and coronary artery disease, heart attack, and heart failure.
  • Muscles - Constant tension from stress can lead to neck, shoulder, and low back pain. Stress may make rheumatoid arthritis worse.
  • Stomach - If you have stomach problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, or irritable bowel syndrome, stress can make your symptoms worse.
  • Reproductive organs - Stress is linked to low fertility, erection problems, problems during pregnancy, and painful menstrual periods.

Sleep

Beautiful woman sleeping in peace

Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Sleep loss and untreated sleep disorders influence basic patterns of behavior that negatively affect not only our own health but the way we interact with family and friends. The obvious medical fact is that we were genetically designed to spend one third of our entire life in a horizontal, restful and restorative sleep. It's what makes the other two thirds of our lives possible and possibly wonderful. We truly sleep to live, and the better we do the former the better we do the latter.

Sleep timing and duration affect a number of endocrine, metabolic, and neurological functions that are critical to the maintenance of individual health. If left untreated, sleep disorders and chronic short sleep are associated with an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • All-cause mortality

Adequate sleep is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to prevent diabetes
  • Perform well in school
  • Work effectively and safely

Sleep and wellness are irrevocably interlinked. And while we all know we should be getting a good night´s sleep, oftentimes we simply can´t without professional help. The good news is that sleep apnea (and most other sleep disorders) is treatable and with correct diagnosis and treatment, and the success rates are very high. Once a patient´s apnea is cured and restful sleep is restored, the body is now ready and capable of more physical activity, which in turn leads to better health.

Sexual health

Young couple enjoying after sex

Sex and sexuality are a part of life. Aside from reproduction, sex can be about intimacy and pleasure. Sexual activity, penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI), or masturbation, can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life.

Sexual health is more than avoiding diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It´s also about recognizing that sex can be an important part of your life.

Benefits you can get from sex include:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • burning calories
  • increasing heart health
  • strengthening muscles
  • reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension
  • increasing libido

People with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also improve sexual performance overall.