In Dr. A’s Habits of Health®, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen defines Optimal Health as “the highest degree of health that is possible for you to achieve”. There are many factors that influence our health and wellbeing each day. It’s not just medical self-care and treatment; Optimal Health is about increasing your potential and recognizing your value. Here are some simple, yet impactful, tips to create Optimal Health and wellbeing in your life:
Love yourself. A healthy mind is just as critical to your overall health as physical fitness. You have to feel that you are important enough to give yourself the opportunity to change. Remember to make yourself a priority and celebrate your victories, even the small ones, on your unique journey to Optimal Health. This will motivate you to continue working toward your goals.
Be present. When you are present, your mind does not dwell on the unchangeable past or the uncertain future. Living in the moment can help create and sustain meaningful relationships, improve social skills, and opens you up to experience new things.
Eat healthy foods. The food you put into your body can impact your mood and energy levels. Having a healthy diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, and reduce risk of disease. For more information, please see Dr. A’s Habits of Health Chapter 8.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep plays an important role in physical health, brain function, and emotional wellbeing. Aim to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night to allow your body ample time to revitalize. For more information, please see Dr. A’s Habits of Health Chapter 17.
Manage stress. Realizing that you are in control of your life is the foundation for managing stress. Take charge of your thoughts and emotions by identifying the stressors in your life and utilize coping methods that are healthy and productive. For more information, please see Dr. A’s Habits of Health Chapter 25.
Have a support system. Building connections with others and having a support system can increase the chances in reaching your goals. Your OPTAVIA Coach and Community are there to support you and help instill the habits that create Optimal Health, leading to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time™.