YOUR SOCIAL HEALTH
The constitution of the World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Wellness involves balance in different aspects of life, including the quality of your life, not just surviving another day.
Aim to enrich your mindset by counteracting every negative thought with a positive one, says Dr Lanalle. ‘Research shows that our mindset and overall approach to life have significant impacts on our health and well-being. Deep breathing and meditation also help in achieving a positive outlook.’
Dr Lanalle also advises checking your environment. Does your personal space reflect serenity and organisation, or is it cluttered and chaotic? ‘Your environment at work and at home influence your mood, and your mood and physical health will reflect the environment around you,’ she explains. ‘Spending time in nature is restorative and buffers against stress so taking a walk at lunchtime or getting a nice plant in your office space will help lift your mood.’