• Ben Yates

My essential five pillars of health and wellness

Updated: Jan 17

How are you feeling today?

I guarantee that whatever is bothering you or upsetting you, fits into one of the categories explained in this article.

I believe that there are five essential pillars of health and wellbeing that can be broken down into the following five areas:

Mind and emotions - Achieve emotional balance and mental wellbeing

Sleep and waking cycles - Develop an understanding of your circadian rhythm

Connection to others - Cultivate improved and healthy social relationships

Movement - Focus on quality and enjoyable exercise

Sustainable eating - Enjoy good food and harness the power of nutrition

Let's go through each of them in more detail below.

Mind and emotions

According to the National Science Foundation, every human has around 60,000 thoughts per day.

Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive.

Think about that for a moment.

If we are repeating negative thoughts then we think negative thoughts way more than positive.

This affects our choices, behaviours, decisions.

Our internal world affects our external world.

So many people let the external world affect their internal world.

Your thoughts affect your beliefs which affect your choices; our minds affect our overall health and wellbeing so having a healthy mindset is central to making the changes you want to make in your life.

In order for us to achieve emotional balance and mental wellbeing, raising our consciousness about our thinking patterns beliefs and behaviours is really important to drive more positive thoughts and improve our lives.

Sleep and waking cycles

Sleep is defined as a natural periodic state of rest of the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli.

One of the leading authorities on sleep, Dr William Dement, said, “You’re not healthy unless your sleep is healthy.”

We can all relate to this statement.

There is nothing worse than a bad nights sleep, you wake up groggy, grumpy, and it inevitably affects the day ahead.

Sleeping is how your body and mind rests and restores its energy levels.

It is an active state that affects both your physical and mental state.

Sleep deprivation can be incredibly damaging.

Symptoms and common ailments associated with sleep deprivation include immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression and memory loss.