By Kelsey Holmes, Greenheart Club Program Assistant
Part of being a global leader is the capability to think, speak and act clearly and with intention.Â Effective leaders are intentional in their habits, and because of their consistent behavior, they provide a model for others to follow. One of those habits is maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health.Â When ANYONE isn’t at their best physically, mentally, or spiritually, it’s difficult to be productive, much less to lead others. Â Greenhearts truly are global leaders, so this week, we are talking about taking care of our own health in order that we may continue to lead others.
Health: the state of being free from illness or injury
Being healthy literally means taking care of your physical body.Â Some may make the choice to follow vegetarian or vegan lifestyles, while others may simply eat in moderation.Â Monitoring what you put into your body is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are as healthy as possible, physically.Â Exercise (even something as small as making the choice to walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator is another vital component of health.Â The combination of the two is hands down the most effective way to ensure that your physical body stays in good health.
Sometimes finding healthy alternatives to unhealthy foods we love is difficult, but making the switch is worth it â€“ and once you have, you may find it gets easier over time!Â Check out places like your local farmers market or organic co-op for non-processed foods that are much easier for your body to digest or plant your own vegetables at home or in a community garden.Â Farm-to-table products are a good way to keep healthy meats in your diet too!Â Whatever your choice of diet, remember: local, fresh and organic is the best way to go!
Wellness: the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health
Wellness takes the above definition of health a step further.Â We are at our best when our body and mind work together.Â Taking time out of a busy week to pursue one of your favorite hobbies is a good way to combat stress.Â Pausing during your day to take a deep breath and reflect on past successes and future goals is another effective option.
Essential oils are one of the best examples of something that positively impacts your body and mind simultaneously.Â For example, lavender is well known for its relaxing qualities but can also be used to soothe skin irritation or ease muscle tension.Â Basil is good for mental alertness and sore muscles.Â Wild orange aids with emotional balance and its high antioxidant count is good for overall health.Â Learn more about the physical and mental power of essential oils here.
Vitality: the state of being strong and active; energy
Vitality, then, is a summation of health and wellness.Â Alternately, it can be defined as â€śthe power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.â€ťÂ This speaks to the power that we have as individuals, community members and global leaders to affect change when our body, mind, and spirit work in harmony with one another.Â Meditation is an excellent way of bringing all of these aspects together and can aid in keeping you grounded, focused, and ready to achieve your goals and live a life of service for others.
Yoga is another activity that incorporates mind, body and soul all at once.Â Physically, you gain flexibility and strength.Â Mentally, yoga often serves as a way to destress and unwind.Â Spiritually, yoga encourages you to feel your connection with the natural world around you as well as members of the global community at large.
By shaping our lives in a way that encourages health, wellness and vitality, we can not only feel better ourselves, but will be better equipped to motivate and encourage others.Â When we are feeling our best, our actions reflect that, and we are best able to move ourselves and our communities forward!Â What are some ways you inspire others towards health and wellness?