Wellness can be difficult for many of us to tangibly explain– but that doesn’t make it any less important to our overall health. The idea of wellness might sound more like a myth than an actuality for many of us, admits Gary Kaplan, DO, who spoke at Prevention magazine’s Prevention R3 Summit for wellness recently. That being said, the idea is totally true– we just need to understand wellness in the right context. First, he says, it involves hearing your body– and listening to what it’s been trying to tell you all along!
Two Things Your Body Wants To Tell You
As mentioned, Dr. Kaplan is a frequent speaker at Prevention’s R3 Summit, which serves as a wellness weekend that helps people refresh themselves, feel revived, and reinvent their entire lives.
“Most of my work is with people who have end-stage disease and have been sick for a very long time,” Kaplan admits, before reflecting on how lucky he’s been to receive such a wonderful opportunity to let people know it doesn’t need to feel that way. That’s because we can stop many of these illnesses from even starting, he claims, so helping people get healthier after a fight with disease is very wholesome.
The R3 summit circulates around six wellness pillars: Happiness, Health, Healthy Epicurean, Peak Performance, Beauty, and Mind-Body– two of which Dr. Kaplan spoke strongly about using in his own life.
You need to guard your sleep, Dr. Kaplan starts. Though many people swear they’ll be “just fine” after six hours of slumber, that’s not true, Dr. Kaplan warns.
One study he mentioned decreased people’s sleep times from eight down to six hours. After two weeks, people will let you know that they’re getting plenty of sleep– but when you look at the performance level in those who get just six hours, their focusing ability, concentration, motor skills, and reaction times are so bad that they actually function as poorly as if they were drunk, Dr. Kaplan admits.
“Meditation is not simply about relaxation; it’s really about brain rejuvenation,” Dr. Kaplan continues, explaining how it actually boosts brain resiliency.
Even the military is beginning to implement methods of meditation, Dr. Kaplan offers, citing evidence of how the military is investigating whether meditation might boost decision making and even lower the rate of post-traumatic stress syndrome in war veterans.
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