I believe there are four main elements, or Pillars, that contribute to overall wellness. They are: Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, and Relaxation. Bringing these four elements together in balance will help you achieve health. Note that balance is an important and sometimes overlooked aspect of this approach. Someone might focus too much on exercise while eating poorly, or undo other efforts by failing to get enough sleep. Lack of balance can lead to unhealthy situations. So can trying to do too much all at once — the proverbial burning the candle at both ends. It’s always important to realize our limits as humans. With that said, let’s take a closer look at these Pillars.
Scientists keep finding more connections among the gut, the brain, and the rest of the body. So eating a healthy, well balanced diet is not just for having good energy, but also for having a good mood.
Working out is another great way to elevate your mood. You’ll also increase your energy and, according to scientists, improve neuroplasticity, the development of new neurons and connections in your brain. Some studies have even suggested that physical exercise can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Getting sufficient sleep is critical for balancing hormones, many of which help you maintain a healthy weight. Sleep is a foundational function that helps you stay present and alert throughout the day.
Allow yourself time to unwind and break away from daily rituals. You can clear your mind by connecting with friends and family, journaling, creating art, or even by simply going for a walk. Explore activities that provide the opportunity for your mind to relax.