BluFolio Blog

Health / Wellness Blog

Dr Michael Mills
Wed, 10 Jul 2019

My purpose in writing this Blog is to stimulate us (including myself) to explore issues in health and wellness so that we can work towards a more balanced and healthier life.

I don’t know the best way to live life or to be healthy. In my day job, I am a medical doctor with a passion to help my patients engage in better lifestyle habits.  All of the topics and information here is for educational purposes and is not medical or personal health advice. Please consult with your licenced health care providers for medical advice and treatments.

In this health and wellness blog, my mission is to raise issues in health and wellness to a higher level in our consciousness and promote us to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to act as a “Health Advocate” and stimulate interest, conversation and action for health.

We all want to live a “good” life, but how do we increase the odds that we can make it happen? Life becomes busy and hectic and we must always strive to create a balance that fulfills our long-term needs: To live, learn, love and create a life with meaning.

The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health is: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity “

According to the WHO, the primary determinants of health include our social, economic, and physical environments combined with the person’s individual characteristics and behaviors.

Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being.  Wellness is the state of living a healthy lifestyle, aiming to enhance well-being.

The maintenance and improvement of health depends on external factors and our intelligent lifestyle choices.  In fact, it depends on wellness or an awareness of our ability to make choices that may lead to a more successful life existence.

Every day we have choices to develop our Physical, Mental/Psychological, Spiritual and Social/Emotional well-being – The Four Dimensions of Life (as per SR Covey and others).

The Four Dimensions of Life:

  • Physical – body and health. Taking care of your body optimizes your ability to fulfill your purposes on this Earth. Eating/Exercising/stress management/Rest.
  • Mental/Psychological – intelligence, self-awareness, self-improvement and personal growth. (grow/learn/reflect). Allows us to experience life to the fullest.
  • Spiritual – faith, traditions, beliefs, religion, meaning. Connection to our personal values with belief in the value of mankind and our existence.
  • Social/Emotional – connections with others drive our meaning in life, allowing us to experience love, joy, relationships and caring.

Optimizing health comes from making decisions and practicing behaviors that are based on sound health knowledge and health-promoting habits.

I will follow up with topics on a weekly basis. I invite your comments and suggestions and look forward to learning more about health with you.

I will end with a beautiful expression important for our mindset (and health). It was provided to me by one of my patients:

“Live life with an attitude of gratitude”. We should aim to be thankful every day.

Take Care
Michael Mills