Winter is a season where people tend to feel more stressed and depressed due to the shorter days and lower temperatures. Many people stay indoors more, resulting in unintentional isolation. This Mind-Body Wellness Day, take steps to get out and break that winter slump.

What is “Mind-Body Wellness”?

“Mind-Body Wellness” has been around for thousands of years. It is the relationship between one’s thoughts and feelings and how they impact physical health. An example of this mind-body connection is how the body responds to stress. Constant stress over jobs, finances, or other problems can cause tense muscles, pain, headaches, and stomach problems. It may also lead to high blood pressure or other serious issues.

Achieving “Mind-Body Wellness”:

  • Relaxation Techniques. Relaxing mind and body can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity is one of the easiest ways to reduce risk for chronic disease and to improve your quality of life. Exercise has powerful effects on both the body and the mind.
  • Healthy diet and hydration. A healthy body starts with a healthy diet. When fueling the body properly, it gets the nutrients it needs to keep it strong and the mind sharp.
  • Include self-care as a daily routine.
    • Self-awareness – knowing the body and its health
    • Health literacy – understanding the concept of basic health
    • Physical activity
    • Avoid risky or unhealthy habits
    • Practice good hygiene
    • Utilizing medical treatment when needed
    • Getting enough sleep
    • Healthy diet
  • Stay connected
    • Video calls with family and friends
    • Social media
    • Join an online group or club
    • Take an online class
    • Digital games
    • Take a virtual fitness class

For information on living a healthy lifestyle, contact Semper Fit Health Promotion office.