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Health & Wellness

Wellness is doing things that lead to better health and enjoying life. You may have heard many tips on how to stay healthy, such as get plenty of rest, eat three good meals, exercise at least three times a week and decrease the amount of daily stress. By taking these actions, you can improve your health.

It is important to live a healthy life. Many people today suffer from not getting enough exercise. This can cause people to gain weight and develop heart disease and other illnesses. People with stroke run the same risk of these problems if they don’t exercise.

Wellness is more than being physically in shape. It also involves feeling good about yourself and the world around you. To keep your body healthy, you must have a balance of good nutrition, sleep and rest, and physical exercise.

Achieving and Maintaining Wellness: Finding The Delicate Balance

How well balanced was your life before your stroke? How many hours in a day did you spend on physical, spiritual and vocational activities? Think about the parts of your life that are important to you now. Is it important to you to perform all of your morning self-care routine even if it takes several hours? Is your job more important? If so, should you have help in the morning so that you can get to work on time? If you place importance on keeping physically fit, it may be worth it to have help at home with homemaking tasks so that you can exercise. Think about what activities are hard for you to do and what activities have become or could become frustrating.

Your relationships with other people before the stroke and now also need to be looked at when trying to find a balance. How many hours a day did you spend doing things independently? How many hours a day were you dependent on someone else to perform some part of your daily routine (housekeeper, bus driver)? Depending on your stroke, you may need to have more hours in the day set aside for dependent activities, such as some self-care tasks (bathing, bowel program) or for tasks you can do independently but take more time now than before the stroke.

How you feel about relying on others is important. If having someone with you to dial the phone or to turn the lights on in the bedroom is a problem, some types of equipment are available to allow you to do these things independently. Knowing how much time you used to spend doing things independently, dependently or interdependently can help you regain control in your life. When there’s lack of balance in your life, you’re more likely to become ill. Many types of stress can upset this balance and cause problems. Some stress is important in our lives because it encourages us to change and grow. Too much stress, however, can be unhealthy.

Worry is often associated with feelings we have about ourselves, such as how people view us, decreased self confidence, anxiety, anger and frustration. Worrying a lot can become a major source of stress.

Other causes of stress are potentially harmful conditions, such as weather changes, noise and air pollution and overcrowding. Personal physical changes such as being overweight can also be a source of great stress. Having addictions to drugs or alcohol affects a person’s health.

It will be important to understand the different stressors in your life since the stroke. Stress, whether it’s caused by physical or emotional sources, can lead to a variety of unhealthy problems. Headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, irritability and decreased problem-solving ability can all be caused by stress. Illness can occur when stress causes changes in the immune system.

Keeping the intensity of and the number of stressors in your life down can help you live a more healthy life. Through looking at how you lived your life before your stroke and finding out what is important to you now, you can have a balanced lifestyle that offers you a meaningful, healthy life.