As we embark on yet another new year, make a pact to be healthy, in all that “healthy” embodies. While we all know that our physical health is important, total wellness encompasses mental, emotional and spiritual health, too.

Our thoughts and emotions are intricately linked to our physical well-being. Every negative emotion (ie. stress, anger) causes deleterious effects in our bodies through the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Chronic exposure to these hormones can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and immune system suppression. Learning ways to manage our emotions can help keep these damaging events in check. Here are several things you can do to help keep your emotions in check.

  • Learn relaxation exercises such as deep breathing and meditation.
  • Set aside “quiet” time every day to allow you to decompress.
  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Surround yourself with positive supportive people.
  • In your free time, pursue your passions because this fuels your soul.

And speaking of your soul, spirituality is an integral part of being healthy. Feeling a connectedness to the universe and/or God invokes a greater sense of calm. Practice this connectedness at church or during your sessions of quiet time while you are in nature. Be sure to work with your CDL Wellness Coach who can help you with more ideas.

Nancy Slick
Rolling Strong Wellness Coach

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