September this year is a month full of health related observances from Alzheimer’s to farm safety. These observances are recognized throughout the world, on a national level or by specific organizations and communities. We are seeing more and more articles, books, TV programs, etc. that focus on health and wellness. So what is wellness?
Definition of “wellness” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary: “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal <lifestyles that promote wellness>”. But what exactly does that mean?
Many times “wellness” refers to a balance of mind, body and spirit, which results in a feeling of overall well-being. This includes mental, physical, spiritual, social, environmental and occupational aspects of our lives. Keeping all of these aspects in balance for most of us is a challenge.
There are many books and health practitioners that promote wellness to help prevent disease. Mostly they talk about having your weight at the right BMI, exercising, getting enough sleep, watching what you eat, dropping bad habits like smoking and drinking and, of course, seeing your doctor at least once a year. This isn’t realistic for me. How about you?
If you are like me, you can come up with many excuses for not doing one or more of these items. The main one for me is exercise. Let’s face it; we are our own worst enemies. Some people may attribute this to laziness, low self-esteem or lack of self-motivation. However, I think it is about what we feel is important in our lives today.
However, we can make small changes in our lives when necessary to help stay happy and as healthy as possible. By educating ourselves about food, medication, exercise techniques and other products, we can make better choices to help improve our wellness. Laura Crooks, a RN and certified wellness coach has seven tips to achieve wellness is all areas of our lives*. They are listed below:
- Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.
- Weed out things and relationships that do not support you.
- Have what you want AND want what you have.
- Practice gratitude.
- Care for your body: eat well, sleep well, exercise.
- Know your values, and live them.
- Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness.
For once I have found wellness tips that I don’t find unachievable or unrealistic. What about you?
I don’t think we can achieve wellness overnight, but by focusing on one aspect of our lives at a time, we can work towards wellness and happiness. It is all up to you.
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*Quote from GoodTherapy.org