In the pursuit of a fulfilling life, happiness is a goal for many. However, happiness is not an isolated concept; it’s complex and connected to your overall physical and mental health. By understanding and nurturing the links between your health and happiness, you can be on your way to an enriched and balanced life.
Physical health forms the foundation upon which happiness thrives. When your body functions optimally, so can your overall sense of well-being. Consider the following strategies to optimize your physical health:
When you nurture your mind, happiness can flourish. Consider these tips for building your emotional resilience and a positive mindset:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) now recommends that adults under the age of 65 get regularly screened for anxiety. For the first time, the Task Force recommends screening all adults under 65 who don’t have a diagnosed mental health disorder or related symptoms. This is meant to help primary care clinicians identify early signs of anxiety, which can go undetected for years.
The latest recommendation also focuses on screening for specific groups of people, especially those who are pregnant and have given birth within the past year. Last year, the Task Force recommended screening children ages 8 to 17 for anxiety. This now means all Americans ages 8 to 64 should be screened for anxiety. Anxiety disorders typically begin in childhood and early adulthood, and symptoms appear to decline with age. Contact a doctor if you have concerns about anxiety.
Anxiety looks and feels different for everyone, so it’s important to understand how anxiety can present itself. Here are common symptoms of anxiety:
• Anxious thoughts that are difficult to control
• Sleep problems
• Trouble concentrating
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week but doesn’t specify an optimal pattern. New research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that “weekend warriors” may realize the same cardiovascular health benefits as those who work out multiple times a week. A weekend warrior fits a week’s worth of exercise into a couple of days.
The study found that working out at least 150 minutes each week can help cut one’s risk of stroke, heart attack and atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib)—and those minutes can be split equally across the week or concentrated into the weekend. As long as you’re hitting 150 minutes, you can reap cardiovascular benefits. The weekend warrior schedule could be an option if you’re short on time during the week. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
Makes: 6 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Total calories: 125
Total fat: 1 g
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 133 mg
Carbohydrate: 28 g
Dietary fiber: 2 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Total sugars: 14 g