All over the world, most people believe health to be just the absence of disease. Nevertheless, like most other human concepts, the meaning of health has evolved.
Initially, health was seen as merely the absence of disease. However, in 1948, the World Health Organization defined health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This definition has brought to light the concept of well-being in terms of physical well-being, mental well-being, and social well-being.
This is a turning point, which further sheds more light on understanding health. Armed with this, health leads to well-being and could be achieved by balancing these three important concepts: physical health, mental health, and social health.
Most people know physical health. And they are right. We have seen people who are physically healthy in sports magazines or even movies.
Physical heath is the overall physical fitness of a living organism at a time, freedom from disease, physical abnormality and the condition of optimal well-being. It is when the body is functioning as designed to function. Physical health is critical to overall well-being and is affected by
- Physical activity
Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. A minimum of 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy these benefits.
Benefits of regular physical activity
If you are regularly physically active, you may:
- Reduce your risk of a heart attack
- Manage your weight better
- Have a lower blood cholesterol level
- Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
- Lower blood pressure
- Stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
- Lower your risk of falls
- Faster recovery from disease
- Feel better
- more energy
- better mood
- feel more relaxed and
- Sleep better.
According to WHO mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential. Can cope with the normal stresses of life. Can work productively and fruitfully. And can contribute to his or her community.
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how to feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over life, if one experiences mental health problems, thinking, mood, and behavior could is affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors – such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences: such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is uncovering the complicated causes of these diseases, which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.
Benefits of Good Mental Health
Studies show that exercises provide some serious mental benefits. Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. When we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment, and the people in it. We can be creative, learn, try new things, and take risks. We are better able to cope with difficult times in our personal and professional lives.
Nurturing our mental health can also help us combat or prevent the mental health problems that are sometimes associated with a chronic physical illness. In some cases, it can prevent the onset or relapse of a physical or mental illness. Managing stress well, for instance, can have a positive impact on heart disease.
Mental health benefits
- Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
- Reduced anxiety and happier moods. …
- Reduced feelings of stress. …
- Clearer thinking. …
- A greater sense of calm. …
- Prevent cognitive decline
- Reduced risk of depression.
- Boost brainpower
- Sharpen memory
- Increase relaxation
This involves one’s ability to form satisfying interpersonal relationships with others. It also relates to one’s ability to adapt comfortably to different social situations and act appropriately in a variety of settings. Spouses, Co-workers, and acquaintances can all have healthy relationships with one another. Each of these relationships should include strong communication skills, empathy for others and a sense of accountability. In contrast, traits that enjoy being withdrawn, vindictive or selfish can have a negative impact on your social health. Overall, stress can be one of the most significant threats to a healthy relationship. Managing stress through proven techniques such as regular physical activity, deep breathing, and positive self-talk.
Socializing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental health. Research shows these main benefits of having an active social life:
- Add years to your life
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Boosts your immune system
- Encourage good habits
- Lower the risks of memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease
- Relieve pain
- Enjoy better physical health
- Enjoy better mental health
To sum it all, it is not difficult to see clearly that physical health, mental health, and social health together foam a solid triangle, which all parts depend on another to make it whole. This also applies to us. To enjoy true well-being we need to have a balance of physical, mental and social health. If any is missing, health and wellbeing are affected.
I hope that this blog would show people simple ways to be healthy in balancing physical health, mental health and, social health.