Your environmental well being, is one of nine dimension associated with, and instrumental in determining and maintaining, your overall optimum health. It can best be described as you having the inspiration and disposition to live your life in harmony, in peace, with respect for other humans, nature, and your surroundings.
It encourages interaction with other humans, nature, and all of its habitants, with the understanding and appreciation that everything and everyone has a meaning and purpose in life for existing, and you should be always be considerate and protective of all living creatures.
What’s healthy living about? And, how do you achieve it and maintain it? As with all the other dimension, your environmental well being state has to be in balance with all the other dimensions, because of its interrelation and dependency, with the other dimension. Ideally, all should be in balance with each of the other dimensions, for you to achieve and maintain overall optimum health and well being.
Wikipedia defines health and healthy living this way: “Health is the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental, and social challenges throughout life. As defined by The World Health Organization (WHO), health is the ‘state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and merely not the absence of disease or infirmity.'” For more on Wikipedia Health, please read here.
There are many external factors, or stressers, present in your environment that can cause physical illness, and mental and emotional disorders. The most logical place to start when examining environmental stressors, which can affect you either positively or harmfully, is your immediate physical surroundings, your home, property, your neighborhood, your town or city, your workplace, your geographical location, and your climate.
If your home is in an unsafe area, or is not properly protected with locks or alarm systems, your safety and security will always be an issue bringing you unwanted stress and worry. If your home is poorly lighted, either artificially or naturally, is cluttered and disorganized, unclean and in disarray, too hot or too cold, or uncomfortable seating, and generally, just not comfortable or livable, it is highly likely any one of these conditions will cause feelings of helplessness, sadness, irritability, anxiety, and even depression in you. Uncomfortable spaces also discourages visitors from spending time with you, isolating you, which can have detrimental effects on you, as well.
Your home should have living plants, not artificial. Your walls should have family pictures, or treasured photos, or pictures with positive reflecting themes, which are all conducive in improving your mood and having a positive effect on your immune system and physical health. Incorporating soothing sounds like running or trickling water from a fountain, or birds singing, or some gentle instrumental background music, that retards exterior or street noise, will typically bring you peace, relaxation and tranquility.
Contact with nature can significantly reduce stress, anger and fear, and increase feelings of comfort, pleasantness, and serenity. Your property should be properly landscaped for privacy and noise reduction in mind, using hedges, or a solid wooden fence. It should be landscaped with several large shade trees, to encourage natures habitants to visit or even make a home there, a garden area for growing fresh veggies and herbs, or flowering plants, a large enough space for family games and activities, and a location for outdoor cooking and family gatherings.
Your work space should have similar accommadations as your home. Incorporate personal things and items from your home that make your office space more inviting, more comfortable, and more relaxing to you. Incorporating your personal items in your work space, such as family pictures, will have a positive effect on you, by reducing your stress level, and will be beneficial in increasing your job performance.
Stress and It’s Negative Impact
Studies have shown that chronic stress has a detrimental effect on you, preventing you from the pleasures of life, which is what’s healthy living about. As an example, harmful chronic stress increases your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 60%, experts say. In a fight or flight pattern, the negative effects of chronic stress can cause digestive problems such as bloating, pain, constipation or diarrhea. Then these digestive discomforts cause more unwanted stress, causing more acute stress, as the cycle excellerates and spirals out of control, compounding the problem. Prolonged stress can also accelerate aging as much as ten years, reducing your life span, studies have shown.
Since the early ’50’s research has established that chronic stress can negatively affect the immune system. The American Psychological Association has linked loneliness, or lack of companionship, or a support system, as significant stress producers, affecting your immune system.
Chronic stresses that evolve in relationships, result when you perceive your chronic stress, and you have a tendency to blame others, creating more damage, causing misunderstanding, frustration, trust issues, causing lack of communication and cooperation. This reaction increases the chronic stress level even more, creating more problems that didn’t exist in the first place.
Stress impact in your career or job, can cause you to make excuses for avoiding work, have difficulty in making decisions or taking a stand on an issue, and experience confusion, mood swings, procrastination, and inefficiency. Other mental symptoms may include emotional exhaustion, loss of identity, and loss of accomplishment. Physical symptoms usually manifest itself in headaches, upset stomach, and nervousness.
Since I am talking about environment, quickly I want to mention, because occupational well being will be covered in depth in a future article, stressors in your job or career could very well be occuring because of the job itself, and could be the culprit. If you are not enjoying your job or career, and it’s not challenging, satisfying or rewarding to you, change your environment by changing your job. It’s pretty simple.
Take an Inventory of Yourself
If you are experiencing stress in your life, be mindful of yourself, and take an inventory to try and determine what is the root cause or causes of your stress. Make the effort to pinpoint what causes stress in your life, because if you can determine the root cause, you are closer to dealing with it and finding a solution.
Finding the root cause, will allow you to make the necessary corrections, or behavioral changes, to relieve the stress. You should also take the mental disposition that change is good, even if it not always positive, so you shouldn’t view it as a threat. For example, if you are having constant conflicts with a certain individual causing you stress, request a open discussion with that individual to discuss your conflicts, keeping in mind, your mental disposition should be open, understanding, empathetic, compassionate, and willing to forgive and forget.
Set Realistic Goals
Set realistic and achievable goals and objectives for yourself and with family and others. Give yourself ample time to achieve your goals, by not placing undue pressure on yourself, and understand, life happens. From time to time, you have to be flexible and make adjustments, which may be necessary. Most importantly, understand you and everyone else is human and we all make mistakes, so don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.
Be Mindful of Your Situation
Pay attention to your stressors. Once you have identified them, seek solutions. Add excercise, or meditation, or yoga, or deep breathing to your daily routine, which will go a long way in relieving stress. Don’t tackle your problems alone. Ask for help and support from family and friends. Don’t procrastinate about solving your stress in your life, because the longer you wait, the greater the stress and the potential of untreatable physical illness or disease to occur. Adjust your attitude, be mindful of your situation, and approach the condition positively and as a challenge, and again, not as a threat. It is vitally important to remain as positive as you can.
Don’t fear change, because that way you won’t inadvertently trigger negative responses that are detrimental to your environmental well being and over all optimum health. Understand that there are things that will happen in your life which you have no control over. Don’t fret about things you can not change. Have a mindset that things will always change for the better eventually, if not now. Accept your problems as a challenge, and approach them with strength and vigor, and with conviction that you will find a solution, and you will prevail. Leave anger, or being combative, or taking the opposite view, or by being passive aggressive, which are just as harmful.
Learn to Relax
Learn techniques to relax, whatever that might be, because your stress levels will diminish almost immediately, because your brain moves into an alpha mode, lowering your blood pressure and pulse rate, your breathing slows, you use less oxygen, your metabolic rate decreases, which will immediately reduce anxiety and stress. Allow some time to yourself in a quiet place, or out in nature, position your body in a comfortable position, imagine in your mind you’re in a pleasant place. Perhaps, you being on the beach, or at an event that made you happy in your past.
Focus on your own slow breathing, or praying, meditation, practicing yoga, or whatever you can find that relaxes you. Determine which parts of your body are tense and use your muscles in those areas slowly to alleviate the tension until you can feel yourself relaxing. Establish a regular sleeping pattern and get sufficient sleep of at least seven hours a night. Prepare yourself mentally with some relaxing activity, such as a little reading, prior to lying down to go to sleep.
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Eat fresh nutritiously-balanced Foods
Whenever possible eat the freshest, organic, well-balanced, nutritious foods you can locate, ones that are low in fats, sugars, and starches. Limit eating fast foods, frozen foods, and processed foods. A nutritious diet would include foods like lean grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, cold-water fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables, which are high in proteins, carbs, fats, amino acids, vitamens, minerals, and trace elements. Certain Fruits high in antioxidants are also recommended.
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