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Total Health: The Science Behind Feeling Good

March 01, 2018

We live our day-to-day lives like a rat race. Chronic stress, long work hours, poor diets, and no sleep have the turned the pursuit of happiness into an experiment in total exhaustion. As people begin to experience a decline in their general health, they may seek help from their doctor. But even though the miracles of modern medicine are many, it has its limits when it comes to helping people actually feel better. The science of feeling good is based on holistic principles that take into account a person’s state of mind as it relates to their physical health. Here are a few tips to keep the rat race from taking its toll on your body.

Involve Your Senses

Our senses, especially our sense of smell, is very closely connected to how we feel. When you smell something good or something that reminds you of something happy, you automatically feel better than you did before. Essential oils are great for lifting your mood and helping you remember happy times. There are endless combinations that can help you relieve stress, so find one that you really like.

Get Moving

There’s no shortage of data that touts the benefits of daily exercise. While mental fatigue and exhaustion may make you feel like sitting it out, don’t. Even short bursts of brisk activity that raise the heart rate, like walking, cycling, or jogging, can trigger the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones that the body produces in response to abrupt muscular demands and pain. People who exercise regularly consistently report improved sleep quality and better mood, which in turn provide better stress management.

Use Supplements

Even if you are trying to eat a balanced diet, you are probably missing some of the nutrients that you need every day. Nutritional supplements can help your body fill in the dietary gaps and get all the nutrients it needs. According to ASEA, you can also use supplements to improve communication between your cells, which can improve your overall health. Supplements aimed at treating insomnia, stress, and vitamin deficiencies are particularly important; consider a multivitamin with whole food extracts to address those deficiencies. Supplements that contain vitamin B complex and magnesium are helpful in the management of stress.

Connect with Others

We are social creatures, and we do better when we are connected with others. Being connected and building strong relationships with other people can lengthen your life, lower anxiety, and depression, and strengthen your immune system. When you are lonely, you are more prone to a lack of self-confidence, alienation, and just generally not feeling good. If you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to, try confiding in a family member or therapist.

Whole-body health is the key to a true sense of well-being. Traditional medical therapies can address particular symptoms but often fall short when it comes to helping a person truly feel healthy. Using a holistic approach to your body means treating yourself as a  trinity of mind, body, and soul. To truly achieve wellness, seek methods that care for all three.

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