If we ask you to define ‘health’, what comes to mind? For some it is the image of a bodybuilder, with cut, shimmering muscles. For others it is not being sick. Or maybe it’s a picture of a salad – whether that is appealing to you or not!
Here at Totalfit Brighton we use a framework which incorporates 6 spheres of Optimal Health. This is a holistic approach to achieving overall wellness – meaning that the six different pieces of health and wellness are connected, they affect each other and are stronger as a whole when each sphere is strengthened in itself. These six spheres are: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental health.
- Physical Health:
Physical health is the foundation of overall health. It includes everything from regular exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient sleep to reducing stress and managing chronic conditions. To optimise your physical health, we recommend maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise at least 3 times a week, and getting adequate sleep. You should also avoid harmful substances like tobacco and drugs, and consume alcohol mindfully and not to excess.
- Emotional Health:
Emotional health refers to our ability to manage our emotions and our internal world. To optimise your emotional health, we can practise self-care by making time for things we enjoy – not just working and sleeping! Emotional health also includes stress management, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. This includes things like journaling, meditation, therapy, and social support from a community.
3. Intellectual Health:
Intellectual health refers to our ability to learn and grow throughout our lives. To optimise your intellectual health, you should engage in lifelong learning and challenge yourself to learn new things. This can include anything from taking courses, reading books, or participating in creative endeavours. It is never too late to go on the adventure of learning something new!
- Social Health:
Social health refers to our ability to form and maintain positive, life-giving relationships. To invest in social health, you should nurture strong social connections with family, friends, and community members. We know this is sometimes easier said than done, as family dynamics can be difficult, and we can’t always choose our coworkers! But trying to maximise the time spent with an encouraging and affirming inner circle can do wonders for emotional health as well! Sometimes it is necessary to assess and limit the time that certain people have in your life if they make you feel weighed down or negative – and that’s okay! It may lead to some hard conversations, but social health includes practising effective communication and conflict resolution skills, too.
- Spiritual Health:
Spiritual health refers to our ability to find meaning and purpose in our lives. To optimise your spiritual health, you should explore your personal beliefs and values and engage in activities that promote a sense of connection with something greater than yourself. This can include things like meditation, prayer, journaling – anything that helps you reflect on the ‘why’ behind what you do with your life. Ultimately, these ‘why’s’ will be what guide your mindset and your actions, whether you know it or not!
- Environmental Health:
Environmental health refers to our ability to maintain a safe and healthy environment. This is true both on a micro scale – in how we arrange our homes to help us feel calm and promote a healthy lifestyle, to macro in how we care for and engage with nature around us! To optimise your environmental health, you should minimise exposure to harmful toxins and pollutants and take steps to reduce negative impact on the environment. This can include things like reducing waste, conserving energy, and choosing eco-friendly products.
Totalfit’s 6 Spheres of Optimal Health is a comprehensive approach to achieving overall wellness. Thinking of your overall wellness in this way can create a wonderful upward momentum when you realise how a positive change in your environment can benefit your mind, which can benefit your emotions and your spirit, which benefits your relationships and your physical health! By focusing on each of these six essential areas, you can improve your physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental health, leading to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
So, take the first step today and start incorporating these elements into your daily routine. And if you know you need help in the physical sphere – click that ‘FREE INTRO’ button and book a time to come and chat with one of our Totalfit Brighton team! We’d love to be a part of your journey to optimal health.