Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over. Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.
1 AnswerHealthCare Chaplaincy Network answeredLearning how to live with illness is a process. Over time, you will find new ways to do that. Living well with illness is not easy, but it is possible. The information below may help you to live well with your illness.
- When people hear they are ill, they may experience shock. This is completely normal. You might not take in the words the first time you hear your diagnosis. As you begin to understand, it can be difficult to stay focused. Often people appear to be "out of it" during this stage. Some people stay focused but the information seems to sink in later.
- As you learn about your illness, it's normal to be lost in thought. You may feel disoriented and emotional, maybe spiritually challenged. Try to make time for yourself. Some people write in a diary, find solitude, or talk to friends, family or a counselor. You might talk to clergy or a chaplain.
- After the shock of learning about your illness, you may need to adjust your ideas about who you are and what your future will look like. Letting go of those previous ideas is a loss. You may feel grief and other painful feelings.
- People do learn to live with illness. Over time, you will find new ways to adapt and adjust your expectations.
- Each day, you will become more able to find solutions to problems posed by your illness. This takes time. It's a process of trial and error. It can be hard on everyone. But as you figure things out, you'll begin adjusting to a new normal.
- People find joy in even the most difficult situations. Try to remember that it's possible. If your illness progresses, you might need to adjust all over again. Living well with serious illness is not easy. But it is possible. Reach out to your healthcare team for help when you need it.
- Emotional anguish, spiritual distress and physical suffering can be part of serious illness. But you don’t have to go through these things alone. Consider talking to a professional healthcare chaplain. Chaplains accept, without judgment, your beliefs, spirituality, faith and practice as well as your doubts and misgivings.
1 AnswerHeidi Skolnik, MS , Sports Medicine, answered
1 AnswerDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answered
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredIf you're middle aged and want to try a new sport, you'll find clubs or classes in many sports through local groups, gyms and specialty facilities such as skating rinks, tennis centers or indoor rock-climbing facilities. While you're taking lessons in your new sport, you also should be working on building your overall flexibility, strength and endurance. You can then incorporate these new skills into the activity.
Choose a new activity that's kind to your body while giving you a good workout. Sports involving jumping, twisting or pounding can be tough on your joints. Consider gentler (but no less satisfying) choices, such as the following:
- deep-water running
- cross-country skiing
- in-line skating
- karate, tai chi, soo bahk do (a Korean martial art)
People with arthritis are encouraged to participate in low-impact activities, such as water aerobics, cycling, yoga or Pilates.
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredIf you're middle-aged, it's not too late to try a new sport, whether it's one that was a childhood dream or something that caught your fancy as an adult. People try new sports for a variety of reasons, including finding new ways to be physically active, to challenge themselves or to keep in shape. There may be work-sponsored leagues or activities that employees join for camaraderie or to expand their social circles.
However, doctors stress the importance of wearing sports-appropriate protective gear -- helmets, as well as padded guards for your wrists, knees and elbows. Remember that it takes time to get good at a new sport and that while you're excited, it's crucial to pace yourself and gradually increase your activity to avoid injury. Middle-aged people who are thinking about getting involved in a new sport might consider working with a fitness professional or seeking consultation from a medical professional.
1 AnswerDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD , Emergency Medicine, answeredThere is no evidence that detoxes are necessary at all, and in my cases, they can actually cause harm.
When it comes to your lungs, your body has an amazing system for keeping them clean, including immune cells and tiny protective cells that serve to push toxins back out of your lungs and out of your body.
Of course, that’s assuming you don’t smoke. If you smoke or use any sort of inhaled tobacco, then the #1 way you can detox is to STOP. If you live around anyone who smokes, you absolutely need to reduce your exposure, as breathing secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking yourself.
As far as your liver, again, your body is amazing at doing its own detox -- and the great news is that you don’t need to do anything to help it! Instead of a detox, take 2 weeks and only put healthy things into your body. That means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables -- you can choose organic if you’d like -- and avoiding alcohol, high-fat foods and sodium. Instead of doing anything to get rid of toxins, focus on only putting the good in your body, and your lungs and liver will thank you for it!
1 AnswerDr. Cres P. Miranda, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of MountainView Hospital
1 AnswerDr. Anaisys M. Ballesteros, DO , Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South FloridaWhile you’re young, you can avoid chronic problems years down the road. Adopting a healthy lifestyle as early as possible includes healthy eating, regular exercise and preventive physicals. It’s important to stay ahead of the game with preventive physical exams and health screenings, depending on your age group.