As a company that focuses on health and fitness, we understand that health starts on the inside and everything else is an added benefit. As RELIFE and iFit® created a platform to bring together those who want to invest in themselves, we believe it’s important to highlight the benefit of not only tending to your physical needs but also creating balance with caring for your emotional health as well.
What Is Emotional Health
By definition, an emotionally healthy person is capable of overcoming challenges and difficulty while having control over their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Although this doesn’t mean that a person is happy all of the time, it means a person is aware of their emotions and knows how to manage them in a healthy manner.
Examples Of An Emotionally Healthy Person
Let’s go over some examples of an emotionally healthy person, so you can have a better understanding if you’re tending to your emotional health already or if there are areas you would like to work on:
- Acknowledging upsetting emotions when they first arise and dealing with them in a healthy manner
- Practicing self-love and compassion instead of criticism and negative self-talk
- Embracing the curiosity of your own thoughts, behaviors, and feelings
How Emotional Health Relates To Physical Health
Emotional health has a way of affecting your physical health as well. In fact, research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.
To support this concept, one study in particular was conducted on a total of 2,262 persons aged 92 or 93 over a 12-year period. The study held an in-person interview with a comprehensive questionnaire with each participant and asked whether they had an optimistic, neutral, or pessimistic outlook for their future––their physical and current health were also taken into account.
Results proved that those participants who were optimistic held lower risk of death compared to neutral participants and concluded overall that having an optimistic outlook appears to be a significant predictor of survival, though more research needs to be conducted.
Ways To Care For Your Emotional Health
As Positive Psychology states, “Overall health includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects. When they are in balance and alignment, human beings thrive. Each of these areas of life will influence the others.”
Here are ways that will help you work on strengthening your emotional health, which will in turn enhance your physical health:
Research shows that physical disease may well result from emotional distress by negatively affecting your immune response, particularly making a person more susceptible to viral infections and cardiovascular disease.
Ways for you to manage stress may be:
- Relax your muscles (stretch, massage, and hot bath or shower)
- Practice breathing exercises
- Eat well
- Make time for things you love
- Communicate your feelings
- Eliminate stress triggers
Regular exercise is a natural mood booster and may help increase the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins, which are tiny neurochemicals released by your body to reduce pain and boost the feeling of pleasure.
iFit has created a Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Series that can be enjoyed by all who are looking to work on their emotional health. As you will learn science-based practices of mindfulness and self-compassion, your iFit guide, Dr. Shauna Shapiro––a clinical psychologist, professor and scientist, who has spent the last 20 years studying and teaching the powerful effects of mindfulness––will lead you through six mindful walks that focus on specific practices that aim to improve your sleep, increase your body positivity and self-esteem, and cultivate greater coping tools to manage your stress.
If you prefer more of a HIIT workout while you focus on strengthening your mind, check out the iFit Motivational HIIT Series with iFit trainer, Dewayne Montgomery. Dewayne focuses on high-intensity intervals while also giving you the opportunity to stay low impact when training on inclines in some of the most beautiful locations in Sedona, Arizona.
In the exercise program, the goal of health and fitness is to allow sedentary or infrequent people to accept a regular plan, while keeping regular exercisers in the process. The first step is for practitioners to have an influence on finding customers. Have a basic understanding of factors, learn to communicate with customers, understand the process of change, understand the benefits of acceptance and continuous improvement, understand the difficulties that customers may encounter when accepting and trying, provide him (her) with help and guidance, and encourage Customers exercise regularly. Hope to have the following insights.
·Not everyone around you exercises in the same way.
· The focus of exercise is no longer a plan to provide strength training.
·The most effective exercise plan is based on the individual’s personality and physical and mental needs.
· Training is no longer included in dating, but is related to relationships through good communication.
Guidelines to support clients in adopting and adhering to exercise programs include personal development, environment, and personal hearing care measures. However, healthy elderly people must make exercise fun and provide social support. And let other activities that can choose consumers.