It’s a new year, and with a new year comes new goal setting for getting healthy. As we all know, becoming healthy is not always an easy process. It can require serious commitment and legitimate lifestyle changes. Human beings have more choices for healthy living today than they ever have, but they are also surrounded by more unhealthy options than ever, and those unhealthy options are often the most convenient.
Here at Humarian, we recognize that pursuing and maintaining good health requires commitment, determination, self-control, and education. It isn’t a one-dimensional process. It’s actually more like a six-dimensional process! After much deliberation, the good doctors at Humarian have agreed upon six Dimensions of Health. They are nutrition, exercise, mental health, spirituality, social connection, and environment. Start with the introductory podcast and listen to the introductory podcast for each dimension, then stay tuned for future updates! Let’s talk about each one briefly.
Just eat well! It sounds simple, but in today’s world of fast food, processed, goods, and GMOs aplenty, it’s can be a complicated proposition. What does organic really mean, and is it important? How much sugar is too much? What about hydration? Carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and water are all important components of nutrition. In short, whatever you put into your body that affects your nutritional well-being is considered part of nutrition. It’s how you fuel your body. Listen to Nutrition 101 intro podcast.
The most well known aspect of good health, alongside nutrition. Exercise is intimidating for many because they overestimate what constitutes exercise. You don’t have to be able to do Crossfit or P90X to exercise regularly. Are you taking stairs instead of elevators? Are you parking further away in the grocery store parking lot? There are all kinds of ways to incorporate movement into your daily regiment to make sure you are exercising regularly. Listen to the Exercise 101 intro podcast.
An oft-overlooked aspect of good health, mental well-being just as important for personal well-being as any of the other dimensions. Minor mental health struggles can be extremely detrimental if left unaddressed over a long period of time. Between counseling, meditation, yoga, support groups, and so many other tools, there are a plethora of options available to address mental health concerns before skipping straight to antidepressants and other drugs. Listen to the Mental Health 101 intro podcast.
Whether it’s belief in a higher power, connection to nature, or a feeling of intense kinship with a group of people, spirituality can manifest in many different ways. It is commonly connected to a sense of purpose or a reason for being. Listen to the Spirituality 101 intro podcast.
Aside from food, this includes anything around you that can affect your health. From pesticides to carbon emissions to household cleaning supplies, environmental hazards are everywhere, and it’s up to you to learn how to best protect yourself from them. Listen to the Environment 101 podcast.
We know that social connection is integral to good health because of the presence of blue zones around the world. These are areas of the world home to the longest-living people. Family, social engagement, and healthy social circles are elements shared by all of these cultures. Healthy social connections lead to reduced stress and improved mental health. Listen to the Social Connection 101 intro podcast.
Over the next year, Humarian will have blogs, podcasts, and other content that dives much deeper into the six Dimensions of Health. We’ll discuss recipes, exercise regiments, and ways to make your home less toxic. We’ll have interviews with mental health experts, spiritual leaders, social facilitators, and many others.