being happy with smiley fingerWouldn’t it be wonderful if we could wake up each morning feeling Happy, Healthy and Terrific?  Well, I’m here to tell you that you can!

The Physical, Social and Mental Health of each of us is related and contributes to our overall well being, This is often referred to as the “health triangle” and an absence or deficiency in one area can result in decline in another. Having balance in all areas of our health results in feeling happy, healthy and ultimately terrific each day.

Social-Mental-PhysicalMental health or emotional health encompasses how we manage daily life stressors, our attitude about life, how we express emotions, and the quality of our relationships with others.

Social Health encompasses how we interact with others, thrive in social settings, and maintain relationships with others.  Family relationships are an important piece of our social health.

Physical Health encompasses diet/nutrition, getting proper sleep, exercise and seeking Medical attention when needed.

Maintaining balance in our physical, social and mental health requires regular self evaluation in each area and a plan for improvement when needed.

We all face adversities and hardships in life, but how we handle those situations is what determines our Health-Triangle-Examplehealth. You know that old saying it’s 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it and that holds true with health.  That’s why its important to develop coping skills. Staying positive is the first step in bouncing back from life’s challenges and becoming resilient.  Identifying and expressing feelings appropriately is also key to overcoming difficult times.  Eating well balanced meals and daily exercise will create a better you! 

I encourage all of you to take a self inventory of your physical, social and mental health.  Identify where improvements can be made. Seek professional assistance from your Physician or Qualified Mental Health provider when needed.  Think positive, Act positive, and you will Be positive.

You can create a Happy, Healthy and Terrific you!

IMG9500000054Debbie Riddle, LCSW. Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Delaware and New Jersey and CEO of Total Family Solutions.