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Health & Wellbeing
Transcript of Health & Wellbeing
The importance of diet on our physical health is to help with muscle strength and keeping to a healthy body weight. A balance of exercise and food is essential to maintaining this (Better Health Channel, 2012).
Where we live is integral to our feelings of belonging. Getting involved in a community where we live or socialise can help this.As discussed in Thompson (2014) A healthy environment can help supports a sense of community and self acceptance.
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Health & Wellbeing
Exercise is an important aspect of physical health. Physical activity can improve your physical health by reducing the risk of a number of disease and illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Benefits to physical health from exercise include: Managed weight, Lower blood cholesterol level and stronger joints, muscles and bones (Better Health Chanel, 2012)
Depending on your goals, the environment plays a huge factor in your exercise. People get different benefits from exercise depending upon what is happening around us and who we exercise with.
The benefits of getting enough sleep is important because it helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and have a positive effect on our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health (The Benefits of Slumber, 2013).
Health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance. In todays busy lifestyle it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a balance that encourages a healthy lifestyle to flourish. There are many factors that contribute to wellbeing, such as a persons emotional, physical and physiological state.
Throughout this presentation we will explore health and wellbeing to highlight aspects, such as diet and sleep, that individuals can focus on to increase their wellbeing and overall general health.
Inclusive social environments which provide support to parents have been shown to enhance parents’ capacity to care for their children and in doing so promote better child health and development.
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Wellbeing is not just the absence of disease or illness. It is a complex combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. In short, wellbeing could be described as how you feel about yourself and your life. Examples of factors that enhance wellbeing are a happy relationship with your partner, a network of close friends, regular exercise and an optimistic outlook.
Humans have an instinctive need to belong (Early Childhood Australia,2011). A sense of belonging emerges from the different types of connections we have with family, friends, colleagues and other members of our community. In order to feel a sense of belonging we need to be social in these groups.
There is an overwhelming amount of content available online. Knowing how to evaluate an online source is crucial when we are using the information sourced from them.
In ensuring our group used credible and reliable online sources, we utilised the information contained within the Metzger (2007) article.
As such we discussed the importance of authority, currency, accuracy and objectivity and have applied these to our sources. When using this checklist websites were quickly evaluated and accepted or rejected based on the result. Please refer to our reference list at the concluding slides.
Environmental factors, such as diet, can have a direct affect on wellbeing and has even been known to influence behavior. People must have access to clean drinking water and quality food that is both nutritious and free from chemicals (Better Health, 2012).
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Setting goals is important in life in order to achieve. Setting social goals can help with organising where our time is spent and with whom it is spent with.
Having a healthy circle of family and friends can make people can uplift a person spirit and wellbeing. They provide a sense of belonging and are there to help (Thompson, 2014).
The emotional benefits of sleep are abundant. Sleep boosts self esteem, relieves stress, improves concentration and memory. Without enough sleep emotions are increasingly difficult to keep in check. Furthermore, individuals often feel irritable and suffer from poor concentration (Harvard Medical School, 2008).
Looking after the body with exercise will help improve and keep emotions under control. By Improving our physical health we will experience greater mental and emotional wellbeing
Emotional goals help people to realize an important step in their plan (Yasby C, Six Mental Health Goals). When you feel better, you look better. People should not feel guilty about what they eat, this would only promote more negative feeling.
Developing social connections, friendships and relationships has a significant influence on emotional health. The emotions of the people around you can have the power to impact your own emotions, its important to keep good company.
Family / Friends
Sense of belonging
Exercise has far reaching social benefits. As individuals improve their emotional health and well being, social relationships begin to flourish. Participating in team activities, such as netball, with like-minded people will also assist in establishing new friendships (Live Strong, 2015).
Diet also plays a part in our social health and wellbeing, it is important to use every meal and snack as an opportunity for maximum nutrition and find ways to improve your diet to fit with your personal tastes and lifestyle. A good way to do this is by involving your friends, family or other community services.
To achieve the benefits of exercise individuals are encourage to play an active role and set goals. Goals should be achievable and revisited periodical to check for suitability (Nutrition Australia, 2013).
Sense of Belonging
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Spiritually has a profound effect on wellbeing.
It is important for the individual that the wider circle of family and friends share the same spiritual values and beliefs to ensure a sense of belonging.
When setting goals, we often think of physical
goals, for example ; lose weight, quit smoking,
buy a house. We often forget to set goals to enhance our spirituality. Setting goals that relate to the human spirit and soul are an important aspect
of ones spiritual health.
Western athletes and spiritual advisers back up what yoga and tai chi practitioners have maintained for a long time : Exercise improves your mental health and increases your awareness of your spiritual dimensions within you, reconnecting to to your environment.
There are a number of environmental factors that can affect a persons sleep. These can include - condition of bed, lightness/darkness of bedroom and surrounding noises. Not enough sleep or disruptions can cause the physiological state known as fatigue. (Better Health Chanel, 2012)
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A spiritual body can help rid the body of unwanted toxins. A cleansed body is a cleansed mind because the brain is fed by what is circulating through the physical body (Paige A, Spiritual Cleansing Diet).
It is recommended that we achieve about 8 hours
sleep a night in order to revitalise our mind and
bodies. Losing sleep can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair, consequently affecting our overall health (Smith, 2015)
Everyone knows that being fit and healthy can help you to control your weight, however there are alot of other benefits that people don't realise. It has been scientifically proven that by exercising and eating a balance diet, it can improve your mood, combat disease, boosts energy and live a longer live. As long as you watch what you eat and and exercise regularly, anyone can be fit and healthy!
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Family and Friends
Having a valuable network of family and friends is important in increasing our sense of belonging, happiness and self esteem. Turning to family and friends during good and bad times is essential to our wellbeing (Better Health Channel, 2012)
Goals are great. We should all have goals. Goals help us to focus our energy, form plans, live a purpose-centred life, and give us a feeling of accomplishment.
Sleep is an essential part of everyday life. Most people acknowledge that they feel better after sleep but in actual fact it is doing much more. Lack of sleep affects the cognitive function of an individual and can attribute to mental health issues (Harvard Medical School, 2008).
Sense of belonging
Knowing that you belong is an essential part of our health and happiness, and an important part of our wellbeing mentally and physically. It helps to cope with stresses and connect to others (The importance of social belonging for staff in early childhood services, 2011).
It appears that links between diet and psychological health are evident but not well established. There is a correlation between the two however, it is not yet clear whether it is your diet affects your mental health or your mental health that effects your food choices. (ABC Health & Wellbeing, 2014)
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Having a healthy circle of family and friends can make people can uplift a person spirit and wellbeing. They provide a sense of belonging and are there to help (Mann D, 2007, 15 Secrets of Happy family).
Depending on your goals, the environment plays a huge factor in your exercise. People get different benefits from exercise depending upon what is happening around us and who we exercise with (Plante T, 2009, Mind and Body : Exercise Environment Does Matter).