Becoming Your Healthiest Self

Individuals all have unique health needs, specific to their body and mind. To create the healthiest version of you, it may take some self discovery, however, there are steps we can take to help ourselves along the way. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has provided the public with wellness toolkits to help promote everyone becoming their healthiest self. The following list highlights some of the NIH’s most useful tips.

Improve Your Emotional Health

  • Reduce stress
    • Make sure you are getting enough sleep
    • Set priorities, decide what you must do and what can wait
    • Try out new relaxation methods, such as yoga or meditation
  • Attempt to brighten your outlook
    • Note your accomplishments rather than focusing on what you haven’t done
    • Forgive yourself and remember that people make mistakes
    • Give yourself credit for the good deeds and positivity you spread
  • Try to be more mindful
    • Enjoy strolls and admire your surroundings
    • Practice mindful eating, enjoying the flavors and experience
    • Take deep breaths: “Breathe in through your nose to a count of 4, hold for 1 second and then exhale through the mouth to a count of 5. Repeat often.”

Improve Your Physical Health

  • Increase your activity level
    • Try walking or biking in your free time or as an alternative mode of transportation
    • Take the stairs instead of an elevator when possible
    • Try strength exercises, such as using hand weights at home
  • Find a healthy weight for your body
    • Eat healthy
      • Be mindful of portion size
      • Limit added sugars
      • Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals or eat them as snacks
    • Be active
      • Find activities that you enjoy so they don’t feel like work
      • Get active even if you don’t have much time, every bit counts

Improve Your Social Health

  • Take care of yourself while caring for others
    • Ask for help with tasks when needed
    • Help stay organized with things such as to-do lists or a daily routine
    • Make time for your hobbies and interests when you can
  • Build healthy relationships
    • Share your honest feelings with others
    • Listen to others without judgement
    • Set boundaries with people when necessary
  • Make new social connections
    • Join a group focused around one of your hobbies or interests
    • Take a class and learn a new skill
    • Join a local community group
    • Find volunteer opportunities 

Improve Your ENvironment

  • Make your home healthier
    • Try to use “Safer Choice” or non-toxic products when cleaning
    • When cleaning, open a window or use a fan for better air circulation
    • Maintain a good ventilation system within your home
  • Stay safe against extreme hot and cold weather
    • Wear sunglasses to protect against UVA and UVB
    • Use sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB with a SPF of at least 15, but preferably higher
    • Drink plenty of water when spending time in hot weather
    • In cold weather, dress in proper layers and rain protection if necessary

More information and RESOURCES

  • To learn more about becoming your healthiest self, we suggest the following link to NIH’s wellness toolkits: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/your-healthiest-self-wellness-toolkits
  • We recommend talking to your healthcare provider with any additional questions you may have.

 

NATIONAL Wellness MONTH

National Wellness Month is recognized each August to help promote self-care and the creation of healthy habits. 

Each person has their own unique body, and with that, their own set of health needs. Taking steps towards finding what your body needs and thrives on can help you improve your overall wellness.

It is important to remember that wellness does not just mean eating healthy and exercising, but rather creating a healthy environment socially, spiritually, financially, and intellectually. Working to better yourself in a variety of aspects can help you achieve a sense of whole body and mind wellness. 

Through the help of online resources, such as those from the National Institute of Health, you can learn how to find wellness in your own life. 

For more information, use the following links to these nationally recognized organizations:

NIH: Wellness Toolkits 

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/your-healthiest-self-wellness-toolkits

NAMI: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle 

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Extranet/NAMI-State-Organization-and-NAMI-Affiliate-Leaders/Awareness/AKA/Mental-Health-Fact-Sheets/Maintaining-a-Healthy-Lifestyle.pdf

 

Five tips for Practicing Self-Care

Taking time for proper self-care can do wonders for your overall physical and mental health. Even seemingly small acts can make a big difference in the long run. The following list includes self-care tips recommended by the NIMH:

01

Regular Exercise

Consistent exercise, even in small amounts, can help boost your mood and energy levels.

02

Eat Healthy Meals and Stay Hydrated

Creating a balanced diet with proper water consumption can help improve focus and energy.

03

Make Sleep a Priority

Do your best to stick to a sleeping schedule that includes enough time for your body to rest.

04

focus on The Positive

Although it is easier said than done, challenge your negative thoughts and try to keep your focus on the positive. 

05

Take time to Relax

Test out various relaxation techniques and activities to see what works best for you, and make these practices a regular part of your schedule.

To learn more about self-care, use the following link to visit the NIMH’s page on caring for your mental health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health/

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

“Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and proper sleep.”

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

“Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.”

Use the following link or watch below, for a video featuring Dr. Richard Davidson and Dr. Bruce McEwen, brought to you by the NCCIH, to learn more about emotional well-being:

Creating a balanced life that supports physical and emotional well-being will help contribute to one’s overall wellness. To learn more, visit the following link to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/wellness-and-well-being