Mental and emotional well-being is just as important as physical health. But not everyone finds it easy to talk about mental illness, depression, and other issues that touch on the mind and feelings. Some choose to cope with psychological and emotional problems on their own which sometimes lead to fatal consequences like suicide.
Self-care is essential for emotional, physical, psychological, and social well-being. Taking care of personal needs requires a holistic approach. A healthy lifestyle is not just about focusing protecting the body from illnesses. It is also about paying attention to things that affect the mind and outlook in life. Not to mention the quality of relationships one has with others.
The ability to share feelings without fear of rejection allows for a nurturing environment. Being around family, friends, and social groups that create a space for people to open up about their thoughts and emotions without worrying about negative consequences is good for overall well-being. And in an ideal world, it is easy to find such kinds of relationships and build social networks that support personal growth in many ways. But despite the gap between expectation and reality, people can still have the upper hand when it comes to cultivating overall health and well-being.
To enjoy good health, it always helps to focus on cultivating habits and designing a lifestyle that promotes a holistic approach to wellness. Eating right, exercising regularly, taking time to slow down and relax, and dealing with negative thoughts and feelings in a positive way are just some of the many ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The field of medicine is an ever-changing landscape. Medical technology advances and other developments continue in a bid to fight diseases and prolong life. Here is a list of some of the awe-inspiring TED Talks that provide a glimpse into the future of medicine.
Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney
Finding an organ donor has long been one of the many problems that plague patients in dire need of a transplant. In this talk, surgeon Anthony Atala shows an experiment that is still at its early stages that could potentially address the problem. Here he shows the technology and process involved in printing a transplantable kidney.
Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that
In this talk, physician and scientist Daniel Kraft takes a look into different innovations in medicine. He shares some of the amazing advances including the tools and apps as well as the importance of leveraging on medical technologies to improve medicine.
Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table
Jack Choi provides a glimpse into the future of training medical students — a virtual dissection table. This technology features different parts of the human body that students can study in detail using a multitouch screen.
Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that’s safer and way cheaper
Mark Kendall is a biomedical engineer and in this video he demonstrates a different way to deliver vaccines instead of the convention method of using syringes and needles. He shows how the Nanopatch can be painless and cheaper alternative to delivering vaccines.
Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery
Surgeon Quyen Nguyen touches on how different types of tissues appear color-coded in textbooks medical students use but look entirely different in real life. She talks about an innovation that will light tumors up that will show the precise spot where surgeons need to cut.