The 5 Components for Your Healthiest Lifestyle

What does it actually mean to live your healthiest lifestyle? Health is an extremely broad topic can be broken down into five components. Each of these components is just as important as the others as they are all interconnected. It is challenging to maintain all of them, but the more balanced you can be, the better you will feel in your energy and mood. Here are the five components for your healthiest lifestyle and simple strategies you can implement to improve each of them.

The 5 Components for Your Healthiest Lifestyle + Simple Strategies to Improve Each

1. Physical

Physical health allows us to get through our daily activities with sufficient energy. It also involves the ability to listen to our bodies and take notice of any warning bells.

What to do:

-eat nutritious food and drink lots of water

-move your body for at least one hour (cumulatively) a day five days a week

-get 7-9 hours of sleep a night

treat minor illnesses or injuries and make doctor appointments as necessary

-avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

 

2. Emotional

Emotional health involves an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as well as being able to share those with others in a constructive way – even “negative” emotions. It also allows us to cope with the challenges of life.

What to do:

-learn and implement strategies to manage and reduce stress

-set priorities and balance obligations

-accept mistakes as part of the learning process

-use conflict as an opportunity for learning and growth

-get support from a mental health professional when needed

 

3. Mental

Mental health involves being open minded toward new experiences and ideas. It stimulates curiosity and a desire to learn and understand.

What to do:

-engage in creative activities – drawing, writing, colouring, music, baking, etc

-make time for personal interests and hobbies

-try different experiences and learn new skills

-keep up with current events locally and around the world

-take time to read – whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, online or on paper

 

4. Spiritual

Spiritual health is achieved when our actions and values line up in our behaviour. It involves having a personal meaning and purpose in your life.

What to do:

-regularly reflect on your values, goals, and actions

-build a meditation practice

-find an organization or charity to support with your time, money, or other resources

-engage in practices specific to your belief system, e.g., prayer

-be respectful of other people’s beliefs

 

5. Relational

Relational health allows us to connect with others such as our family, friends, coworkers, and new people. It involves establishing and maintaining fulfilling relationships.

What to do:

-plan ways to spend time with others, invite them

-seek out and participate in community events

-work toward resolution when conflict arises

-overall treat others with respect and honesty

-initiate relationships with those who have different viewpoints or lifestyles than you as well

 

With all 5 components of your healthiest lifestyle in balance, you will gain improved energy and mood. Click To Tweet

 

Of course, it is unrealistic to expect to be doing exceptionally well at all of the components all of the time. I don’t think anyone can sustain that. Just be mindful of which areas you feel good about and which could use some work. Remember that when one is out of whack, it can begin to effect the others. Reflect regularly on these and add in healthy behaviours within the different components as necessary.

 

Which of the five components for your healthiest lifestyle do you excel at? Which do you struggle with?

 

PS – I won a trip on the radio (Yes, it really does happen to people, haha.) so I will be away next week and there will be no new posts. I should be back in action for August 2nd. Have a great week!

 

The 5 Components for Your Healthiest Lifestyle + Simple Strategies to Improve Each

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Alan Marsden
    August 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hi Grace,

    This post wonderfully summarises all the vital areas that lead to improved health and happiness. I think if anyone uses it as a blueprint, they will transform many important areas of their life. I also love the way you include the seldom mentioned aspects of spiritual and relational areas of life.

    I’m probably stronger on the physical side of things at the moment. I’ve got my weight under control via intermittent fasting, running and cutting down refined sugar. I use a Garmin tracker to keep me moving though on really wet days (and there are a few in Ireland) I tend to hibernate indoors. It’s strange I mentioned hibernation because I need to sleep more.

    The relational area of life needs more attention than the others. Being an introvert, I tend to struggle with new relationships and maintaining existing ones, but I’m learning to work on that.

    Lovely post, and I hope you enjoyed your prize trip.

    Best.

    Alan

    1. Reply
      Grace
      August 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Hey Alan,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, I definitely believe that the spiritual and relational aspects of life are just as important as well.

      It sounds like you’ve got a really great routine going for you for your physical health. That’s awesome! I can definitely relate to your struggles in the relational side of things as I am an introvert as well. I’ve been intentionally pushing myself out of my comfort zone quite a bit this summer.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing! 🙂

  2. Reply
    Katrin
    August 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

    To have all these 5 components in balance is really hard for me sometimes and I feel burned out! But it is true and I know I can tell if I really focus and have a balance I feel better and at peace with myself! I definitely need to work on my physical health, I do eat healthy, I’m not overweight, but I’m so lazy to do sports and I drink too much coffee 😉

    1. Reply
      Grace
      August 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Yes, I know what you mean. Sometimes it can feel like a long list of albeit healthy to-dos instead of just relaxing and living life. Haha, oh yeah. I’m sure being a kindergarten teacher and with children of your own, you’re running around lots. 🙂

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