Unformatted text preview: Living the Wellness Lifestyle L iving the Wellness Lifestyle and Discovering Freedom from Stress
Chapters 9 & 13 To enjoy one’s leisure, recreation, and play
to the fullest, one must be free from external
and internal constraints.
– potential constraint = poor health Being free from illness is only a small part of
total health. According to the World Health Organization,
“Health is a state of complete physical,
mental and social well-being, and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity
(1946). Health, viewed as an overall well(1946).
being, introduces the concept of wellness.
wellness. HEALTH VERSUS WELLNESS
HEALTH Health, in its simplistic view, is a state of
being, either you are sick or you are not. Wellness is
– an active, lifelong process of first becoming
aware of the way you are affected by your
nutrition, fitness, stress, interpersonal
relationships, and environment;
– and, second, using this knowledge to make
choices that will lead you toward a higher state
of well-being. Wellness has a strong
Emotional - comfortable with
self- expression. paying
attention to self-care,
relaxation, stress reduction,
and the development of inner
resources. Spiritual - In-tune to your
personal growth; connection
between mind and body.
between Occupational - comfortable
and confident in the
workplace where stress is at
a minimum; being in a work
environment where you
accommodate each other’s
weakness and strengths as
well as your own.
well Dimensions influence each
important that each
dimension is developed and
all exist in harmony: A wellness lifestyle…
wellness encourages a change in attitudes and
beliefs, as well as active involvement and
commitment to improve personal health
practices. Prevention vs. treatment.
treatment. WHY WELLNESS?
– The leading causes of death are largely lifestyle
– It enhances the quality of life.
– It saves money. Risk Factors
Risk Examples of Wellness
Lifestyle Eating foods high in fats Sleeping 7-8 hours/night Smoking Eating breakfast every day Lack of regular exercise Eating healthfully Excessive intake of
Failure to take prescribed
medications Maintaining an ideal
No drinking or in
No smoking The key to a wellness lifestyle is
Personal health is something that you do
have a certain amount of control over. PHYSICAL NUTRITION SOCIAL MENTAL Balancing it all out…
So, the question is…
How can I be sure to become or continue
to be a balanced person? How can I
make sure to meet all three needs?
make And what if you don’t balance
it out…and encounter Stress
it What is stress?
What Stress is the body’s response to any
demand placed upon it – real or imagined.
demand Often referred to as the “flight or fight”
response Not all stress is bad Two Types of Stress
Two Acute Chronic Body’s Reaction to Stress
General Adaptation Syndrome
– 1: The “Alarm Reaction Phase” – felt like a
racehorse Acute – once immediate danger passes, body returns
to normal state.
to Phase 2: Resistance
Phase If stress is ongoing, the body will naturally
try to adapt to the stress.
try Cognitive skills taxed due to stress Phase 3: Exhaustion
Phase If feeling stress for a long period, may run
out of supply of necessary hormones body
will shut down = total exhaustion.
will May do serious harm to internal organs and
contribute to onset of disease (heart
disease, headaches, back pain, stroke, etc.)
disease, Ways to Deal with Stress
Ways Not always effective.
– Ex: agression or withdrawl With acute stress, may need to redirect With Chronic – must try to eliminate it, either
remove it or alter way of thinking.
– Requires time and dedication Stress Skills
Stress Relaxation Skills
Cognitive Restructuring (self-talk)
Learn to Play
– By learning how to play, you can ensure yourself little stress free
islands. You can’t be at stress if you are having fun.
islands. Get Back to Nature
Stay Physically Healthy
Personal Support Groups
Know when to turn to professional help ...
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 09/16/2011 for the course HRTM 10 taught by Professor Phillytoney during the Spring '11 term at San Jose State.
- Spring '11