The human body is made up of five major elements- Earth(Prithvi), Water(Jal), Fire(Agni), Air(Vayu) and Aether(Aakash), which are witnessed by sense organs present inside our body. To keep them intact, we need vitamins, minerals, water, and oxygen. For a wholesome living, it is crucial to find a balance between the elements of mind, body and soul. If you understand the 5 pillars of well-being and carry it in your mind and habits all along, you will have a healthy and fulfilling life.
Read on to find out what they are.
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates. To break this further, one should consider food as medicine and eat it in that manner. If you want to keep yourself free from any kind of chronic diseases, then you must take care of the nutritional pillar of your well-being. Eat your food raw, as it has active enzymes that can help you in better digestion, absorption and fighting free radicals that cause inflammation in the body. Include more seasonal, regional and fresh produce in your day. Moreover, the stigma attached to ‘diet’ should be stopped. A healthy, balanced, nutrient-dense diet is what is a way of living and not anything that fad diets offer.
- Sound sleep.
The importance of sleep for better bodily functions is underestimated. Hence, chronic conditions like insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease have increased. Lack of sound sleep can potentially decrease your span of life by 5 years. There are a number of ways in which you can tackle the sleep disorder, but firstly the schedule must be rectified. In today’s day and age, every individual predominantly has a sedentary lifestyle, which further creates havoc on your system. Practising mindfulness either by yoga, or meditation can really help ease out the cluster of thoughts and make this essential pillar of your life better.
Exercise is not just about being fit or having those six-pack abs. It is more about strengthening the functioning of your vital organs, such as the heart, increasing the absorption of nutrients, and eliminating waste out of your body through sweat. You can do some yoga every day in the morning, go for a walk or run, play a sport, dance, or opt for strength training. Your body is like a machine, the more it is kept active, the longer and better it lives.
What attitude do you have towards living your life, is an essential determining factor of how your life will be? As a human being, one must nurture his/her relationship with self and others properly, by having a positive outlook on things. Spend time with yourself to know and understand who you are as a person, and with others to grow socially. The key is to build resilience, while minimising the triggers of stresses of modern life, to be the best you can be.
To live a fulfilling life, simplicity is the key. By keeping your lifestyle simple, you not only make it effective but also live to the best of your potential. Think of the basics which your grandparents would probably point out like- eating light and healthy, moving a little each day, sleeping and waking up on time, practising gratitude, and taking steps to be disciplined and stress-free. Following the traditional methods of living are the best bet and a crucial pillar of well-being.
Over to you.
If you work on the above-mentioned pillars mindfully, you will witness the axis of your way of living life getting redirected towards a finer, better, and a healthier angle.