What Are The Different Types Of Health?

The 6 Different Types of Health

1. Physical health

Physical health refers to the state of your physical body and how well it is operating. It is influenced by levels of physical activity, adequate nutrition, rest, environments etc.

Physical health promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Obtaining an optimal level of physical wellness allows you to nurture personal responsibility for your own health. As you become conscious of your physical health, you are able to identify elements you are successful in as well as elements you would like to improve.[1]

Physical health consists of many components, but a brief list of the key areas is given below:

    1. Physical activity – includes strength, flexibility, and endurance
    2. Nutrition and diet – includes nutrient intake, fluid intake, and healthy digestion
    3. Alcohol and drugs – includes the abstinence from or reduced consumption of these substances
    4. Medical self-care – includes addressing minor ailments or injuries and seeking emergency care as necessary
    5. Rest and sleep – includes periodic rest and relaxation, along with high quality sleep[2]

2. Mental health

Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.It is the “psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”.[3]

Good mental health doesn’t just mean if you don’t have a mental illness. It’s about having a sense of purpose, getting involved with things, coping with stress and setbacks, forming close relationships and being in touch with your own thoughts and emotions. To maintain mental health we have to be confident and accept ourselves. In this case, yoga and breathing exercises help us to focus and keep negative thoughts out of our mind.

3. Emotional health

Emotional health refers to a person’s feelings which encompasses everything about you. It actually governs all of your decisions, your mood and who you are. Every single aspect of you is determinant of how you feel about something, what is actually going on in your heart not in your head.

Basically, from your relationships, to your mindset, to your personality, to how you want to show up in the world; all of these are run by your emotional health.And if you’re feeling thoughts of overwhelm, anxiety, stress, worthlessness, these are all common negative emotions that can have a huge detrimental effect to your emotional health. But if you can rightly understand yourself, and find out from where these negative emotions are coming, then you actually be setting yourself up for a lifetime of consistent success.

4. Social health

Social health is how you get along with other people, which involves your ability to form satisfying interpersonal relationships with others.It also relates to your ability to adapt comfortably to different social situations and act appropriately in a variety of settings.[4]

If you want to really optimize your health, you need to go beyond physical and mental strength and actually look at the strength of your close social relationships. Research now showing that, lack of strong social ties puts you at a greater health risk than obesity.

If we really want to understand human thriving, the social component is essential. There is an 80 years long Harvard study done on individuals which showed the quality of close social relationships was actually the best victor of health and happiness.  So not only it’s important to consider the health of our bodies but we need to consider the health of our communities.

5. Environmental health

Environmental Health is the field of science that studies how the environment influences human health and disease. “Environment,” in this context, means things in the natural environment like air, water and soil, and also all the physical, chemical, biological and social features of our surroundings. According to National Institute of Environmental Health Science, The social environment encompasses lifestyle factors like diet and exercise, socioeconomic status, and other societal influences that may affect health.[5]

We need to be aware of the impact of changing environment of our health, how it can be influenced and what can cause the complex diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome within malaria, TV, AIDS etc. and how our environment influenced to contract these diseases.

6. Spiritual health

Spiritual health refers to possessing, meaning and purpose in life; having a clear set of beliefs and living in accordance to your morals, values and ethics. Essentially it means understanding and having a clear definition of what is right and wrong and living according to this understanding.

The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness follows the following tenets:

    • It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
    • It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.[6]

Many factors play a part in defining spirituality – religious faith, beliefs, values, ethics, principles and morals. Some gain spirituality by growing in their personal relationships with others, or through being at peace with nature. Spirituality allows us to find the inner calm and peace needed to get through whatever life brings, no matter what one’s beliefs are or where they may be on your spiritual journey.

The human spirit is the most neglected aspect of our selves. Just as we exercise to condition our bodies, a healthy spirit is nurtured by purposeful practice. The spirit is the aspect of ourselves that can carry us through anything. If we take care of our spirit, we will be able to experience a sense of peace and purpose even when life deals us a severe blow. A strong spirit helps us to survive and thrive with grace, even in the face of difficulty.[7]

We should take care of our spirit to experience a sense of peace and purpose even when life deals with some difficulty. A strong spirit only helps us to survive and thrive with grace.

So we can understand, without knowledge concerning health and its types, it will be difficult for us to find out who we are, what our health condition is and what should we do to improve our overall heath. You can learn more by reading my next writing Health and Nutrition.

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