A major component of your individual wellness includes your emotional wellness. We’ve all heard the phrase, “stress kills,” and there is actually a great truth behind this statement. Our mental and emotional state can directly affect our physical state.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we know that the best approach to health is a holistic and preventative approach. Taking care of your emotional wellbeing will benefit more than just your mind, mood, and mental state.
Your emotional wellbeing is dependent on how you manage your stress levels, how much sleep you regularly get, how organized and productive you are with your professional or school work, the support you receive from your friends, family, and or a therapist, your activity level, and your spiritual wellbeing (check out last week’s blog post), among so many other essential elements.
According to the American Psychological Association, mismanaged stress keeps roughly 40% of adults up at night. Insufficient and restless sleep only further perpetuates stress levels, so this cycle is quite detrimental. Stress has been linked to heart disease, insomnia, depression, anxiety, obesity, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, the common cold, and even certain types of cancer.
Most of our everyday lives contain multiple potential stress-causers: work deadlines, pressure from our bosses, family responsibilities, financial obligations, social commitments, unforeseen expenses and events, health issues, and just everyday life tasks. It is a common feeling to feel like there is never enough time in a day. While we are trying to accomplish everything that we feel is important, we often overlook or push to the backburner aspects of our own wellbeing, including our emotional wellbeing.
While no one’s life is completely void of stress-causing events and situations, those who learn how to manage their stress, prioritize their to-do lists, seek support, and make their emotional wellbeing an important dimension of their overall health and wellness, will be far healthier, happier, and all and all better off.
Tips for emotional wellbeing
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Seeking therapy doesn’t mean you have failed or are incapable.
- Make sleep, a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and a little “me-time” a top priority.
- Create an obtainable routine.
- Pick your battles.
- Learn to breathe and mediate.
- Journal or make lists before you go to sleep and or in the morning.
- Spend more time with the people who bring you the most joy and peace.
- Spend more time outdoors and in nature.
- Accept that no one is perfect, no one can do it all all the time, and that tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.
Last week, we introduced the seven dimensions of wellness from a holistic approach to health and wellness. The seven dimensions are spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, and occupational. At Parker Dentistry, aside from being an advocate for preventative healthcare, we are also a strong believer in holistic health, meaning that we believe all parts of our physical and emotional being are connected and shouldn’t be viewed or treated as mere parts.
For example, periodontal disease is detrimental to more than just our gums and teeth; it has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. In this example, our oral health is connected to our cardiovascular health. The seven dimensions of wellness are all interconnected and in order to obtain optimal wellness, we must take care of all seven dimensions.
The first dimension of wellness that we will take a closer look at is our spiritual wellness.
“Spiritual wellness is a process of understanding beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide your life. Whatever your preferred approach, spending time asking and exploring your spiritual life can be an important part of your overall wellbeing.”
While spirituality can be obtained through religion, it isn’t necessarily dependent on a religious belief or practice. Our spiritual life is the life that we live internally. Research has shown that when we learn to and practice introspection, mindfulness, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude, we are more likely to be able to achieve sustained feelings of peace, calmness, and joy, as well as a decrease in our stress, anxiety, and depression levels.
One of the most important relationships of our entire lives is the relationship that we build and nurture with ourselves. Practices like yoga, meditation, journaling, arts and crafts, walking, gardening, or any other creative, physical, or nature-involved activity helps us to connect with our inner selves. Finding something that you love to do that is just for you is truly invaluable.
Our spirituality can be whatever we want it to be. For some, spending time in the ocean is spiritual, while for others sitting on the patio and watching a storm offers a similar reflective experience. The idea is to disconnect from the distractions of your everyday life and outside influences so that you can connect with your inside world.
The more in touch we are with our feelings, our desires and dreams, our areas that need improvement, our creative side, our inner voice, and how we connect with the world from within, the better off we will be on all levels. Our spiritual wellness is linked to all other dimensions of our wellness.
Tips for spiritual wellness
- Take a yoga class
- Learn how to meditate
- Spend more time in nature and outdoors
- Pursue a hobby that you have always been interested in
- Regularly set aside time for solely you
- Attend an inspiring seminar, class, or workshop
- Detox daily from electronics, even if just for an hour
The Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness blog focuses a lot of wellness. We talk about wellness as a whole state of being and that through certain choices and habits, we can achieve optimal wellness. We’ve shared with you in the past some different ways to improve your health and wellness through preventative practices, diet and Juice Plus+, sleep, exercise, and yoga and meditation, among other beneficial habits. We truly believe that the more you know, the more capable you are of making the right decisions for you and your family.
Wellness includes far more than just our physical wellbeing and state of health though. The holistic approach to health and wellness is actually made up of seven main dimensions that are all interconnected. It is important to understand what each dimension includes and the ways in which you can promote wellness in each particular dimension in order to promote wellness as a whole. Holistic health involves looking at ourselves and our health as a whole and not in parts. What is happening in one part of our bodies or our lives affects every other part. Our existence is cyclical.
Our wellness is in our hands, and it is definitely helpful to be given valuable tools, resources, information, and tips to help inspire and teach us how to live out our healthiest and happiest lives. That is what the Parker Dentistry blog really aims to do. Over the next seven weeks, we will break down each of the seven dimensions of wellness, offer tips on how to improve each particular dimension in your life, and illustrate how each dimension is connected to all of the rest.
The first question we will answer in this informative, inspiring, and wellness-promoting mini-series is what the seven dimensions of wellness are.
The seven dimensions of wellness are:
One of the best things that you can do for your overall health and wellness is be informed. The more you know, the better suited you will be to make decisions and choices that will benefit you from the inside out. Ignorance is not bliss. We are awarded this one body for the entirety of our lives and it is our complete responsibility to take care of it if we expect it to take care of us.
Fortunately, we live in a day and age where anything that we want to know or learn we can access with a few little clicks on a keyboard. Because Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness cares so much about your health and wellness, we have composed a list of our top six online resource choices to help you stay in the know about oral health, general health, and wellness and lifestyle topics, trends, research, and tips.
Parker Dentistry Blog
The aim of the Parker Dentistry blog is to provide short weekly articles on important topics relating to oral health and hygiene, cosmetic and family dentistry, facial rejuvenation and anti-aging, nutrition and Juice Plus+, mindfulness and yoga, and healthy lifestyle choices and practices. We try to keep our content short, sweet, inspiring, and informative. We have hundreds of archived articles that you can look through if there is a specific topic that you are interested in learning more about.
MouthHealthy by the American Dental Association
This easy-to-navigate dental website has information on all topics relating to oral health and hygiene. You can find useful and applicable information about nutrition, specific symptoms and conditions, ADA approved and sealed products, life stages of the mouth, and even a dental visit FAQ. They also offer great tips for keeping yours and your family’s mouth in excellent health..
Oral Care Guide by Colgate
Colgate has organized several different oral care guides on their website. This simple and to the point site has some great tips about how to take care of your teeth and your mouth. You can also find concise information on different conditions, diseases, procedures, cosmetic dentistry options, and products to help you and your family keep those pearly whites sparkling.
Well+Good is a great website to check in with regularly. This website has a wealth of inspiring and beautifully created content relating to wellness, fitness, nutrition, home, travel, mental health, and healthy lifestyle choices. The articles are engaging, informative, and offer wonderful advice, tips, and resources for leading your best and healthiest life.
Greatist is filled with amazing articles about food, fitness, body, life, and products. This is a website where you can find delectable and healthy recipes, the latest and greatest products, motivating stories, how-to’s, self-esteem boosters, embarrassing questions answered, and even some helpful relationship advice. All things health and wellness can be found on this inviting website.
Healthline is a very informative but not bland or boring comprehensive health and wellness website. The site is sectioned into A-Z topics, life, beauty, oral health, weight loss, food, fitness, and news. This site is fantastic when you are curious about a specific health or wellness topic, as well as for just browsing through their entertaining and informative articles.
There is no doubt that we live in the age of technology. While many of us were born in a time when no one had cell phones, tablets, and personal computers, today’s kids, teenagers, and young adults know only of a life where everyone is connected through technology and information is literally at the tips of the fingers. The way we learn has evolved because of the way that information is now readily and immediately accessible. While there are obvious downsides to the fact that everyone, even young children, are constantly on some sort of smart device, when used properly and monitored, the Internet has a wealth of valuable resources, games, and apps that can help teach important lessons and life skills to children and teenagers.
Parker Dentistry is an advocate for more than just teeth. We want our patients of all ages to be healthy from the inside out. Here are our top seven recommendations for interactive, engaging, and fun websites that are appropriate for young children and teenagers to learn about important oral health, wellness, nutrition, safety, and growing-up topics.
- BAM! Body and Mind https://www.cdc.gov/bam/: This interactive comic book-inspired site that is hosted by the Center for Disease Control is great for kids from the ages of 9 to 12. BAM! helps teach kids about nutrition, physical activity, stress, safety, and diseases. They even have an “Ask a Scientist” comic book series that is part of the site.
- Discovery Kids-The Yuckiest Site on the Internet https://discoverykids.com: This site is super fun! Through games and interactive activities, kids can learn all about the human body and bodily functions, including barfs, burps, and farts. There is an “Ask Wendell” feature where kids can ask questions that they are curious about.
- Girl’s Health https://www.girlshealth.gov: For girls between the ages of 10 and 16, there are a lot of changes that take place in the body, as well as a lot of issues that are likely to come up in their lives. This amazing site helps provide the information, support, and encouragement girls in this age group really need, including information and tips about nutrition, fitness, relationships, feelings, bullying, safety, drugs, drinking, and body issues.
- Nourish Interactive http://www.nourishinteractive.com: Nourish Interactive is a wonderful site that teaches kids all about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy in a fun and hands-on way. Through stories, food pyramid games, word games, and chef games, kids can start to develop healthy eating and drinking habits, which will help them significantly as they continue to grow up.
- Food Champs https://foodchamps.org: It is never too early to start instilling healthy eating habits in your children. With obesity at an all-time high, it is especially important to teach healthy habits from a very young age. Food Champs offers games, puzzles, and other interactive activities for children as young as two. There are even printable coloring pages and activities if you want to limit your child’s screen time.
- Mouth Healthy Kids https://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en: Sponsored by the American Dental Association, this fantastic website has tons of activity sheets, games, quizzes, videos, coloring pages, and even printable brushing calendars with will help keep your children accountable for their daily oral hygiene.
- PBS Kids Healthy Habits http://pbskids.org/games/healthy-habits/: This colorful, easy-to-use, animated, and diverse children’s website helps teach children about all different health and wellness topics through very creative games and activities.
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