Health Promotion and Public Health

The concepts of health have always been linked to religious beliefs. There have been many references to God or angels throughout the bible. Health is a condition where illness and disease are absent. It also covers aspects related to quality of life like happiness, joy, and satisfaction with life.

Today’s world has seen the drastic changes that have affected every aspect of life including health. The world health organization defines health as having “a well-balanced diet, reasonable exercise, balanced emotional and mental state, and healthy exposure to natural factors such as light, air, water and land”. With the many challenges that we have to face, it is but fitting to add that the promotion of health involves building on our personal resources to ensure that we have all that we need to ensure that we live longer, healthier lives.

The practice of good health and wellness is often equated with spiritual well-being. A well-balanced mind and body are said to correspond with a healthy body and this is one of the major drivers of the concept of mental health and wellness. In addition, people with a positive attitude and sense of self-worth are considered to be more likely to attain good health conditions. This means that we can improve our mental health through the promotion of mental health.

Building on our personal resources refers to both mental and physical health. Our mental well-being is impacted by our coping skills with various aspects of life. These are divided into two categories, the physiological and the social components. Individuals who excel in the physiological components of mental health have high levels of overall health while individuals with high social stress levels suffer from poor mental health.

Building on our personal resources therefore means ensuring that we have good coping skills. This is related to our ability to make rational decisions based on scientific information. It also pertains to our ability to effectively manage our emotions and to regulate our physiological responses to external stimuli. This has become one of the major drivers of medical care. When we manage our physiological well-being well, we have better control over our bodily functions, and we are therefore less susceptible to developing health problems. This means that we can better avoid disease and avoid getting sick.

As we can see, there are strong connections between our mental, physical and social well-Being and public health promotion. There is now a need to implement policies that promote the maintenance of optimal well-being. A healthy brain is part of a healthy body and vice versa. A healthy brain is necessary for optimal mental health and wellness.

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