There are many things you can do to develop a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you include total wellness to improve your overall well-being.
Health is a concern for all of us. We want to be healthy and we wish the same for those close to us. After facing life threatening situations, one starts valuing the absence of disease even more than ever. But is it all that really matters?
Let’s be sincere, not being home sick is just one of the wishes we have. We also want to be able to perform activities on a regular basis that bring us joy, fulfillment and peace.
When it comes to health, there are things we are not able to control. Certain diseases and conditions may be associated with genetics or influenced by the environment. Still, it does not mean that you should leave your welfare to fate.
To develop optimal mental and physical health you must take responsibility for your well-being. That is when Wellness comes to play.
According to The World Health Organization wellness is: “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Wellness goes way beyond health as we define it. It is about the human being as a whole. Their physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual state.
How many times have you felt unwell because of stress related causes while you were not sick? It is a typical example of being healthy, but still not enjoying wellness.
Have you ever seen a parent throwing a party while one of their kids is ill? Why does it happen? Because unless the entire family is fine, there is no reason to celebrate. The same goes about us.
To enjoy our existence in full, we must be well: body, mind and soul. You can exercise as much as you want, but if your eating patterns do not change, your progress will be little to none.
Likewise, you may eat only healthy foods and work out on a regular basis and still be stressed and bad humored. How do you think you will feel at the end of the day? Happy and energized? Or depressed and depleted?
No matter what step you need to take to improve your wellness, it must start with the decision of making lifestyle changes.
In general, we are more focused in treating what is not well than preventing it. It is necessary to shift the mindset first. The perception that we are only our body has to make room for a more holistic approach.
You may read all the “right” books about self-development, attend the most expensive seminars or hire the most prestigious coach to help you. Unless you make the decision yourself and take commitment, you will not see the desired results.Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being. – J. Stanford
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It is necessary to make the decision of implementing a healthy lifestyle. You need to set an action plan that is not only only focused in isolated habits.
Exercising is without a doubt key to a balance life.
Some may argue that certain activities involving risk(s) are not good for the well-being. Still, when you put your body into motion, you improve your physical wellness.
If you have never done any kind of physical activity (in a long time) before anything you need to:
- consult your health-care provider: I know I write this every single time, but it is just because it is THAT important. During the appointment, mention your interest in training and ask their opinion.
- hire a Personal Trainer: you will find great sites with videos and descriptions of exercises. Yet they will not be able to assess your current fitness level. Many sports injuries can be prevented by something as simple as performing exercises with proper form. Investing in a Personal Trainer is investing in yourself.
We interact with other individuals all the time. It is at home with other family members, at school with classmates and teachers or at work with colleagues, superiors and clients. We also have the opportunity to communicate during social events and sportive activities. Communication also happens in the virtual world.
Such interactions and, the way we establish and develop contact with others, form the interpersonal dimension of wellness.
How good are your communication skills? Are you able to maintain long-lasting relationships?
The way you deal with social interactions can help you assess your emotional (and sometimes physical) state.
What is the image you have of yourself? How confident are you in your skills? How would you describe your self-esteem: low or high? Are you able to put yourself in someone’s place and understand their feelings?
At different levels, we are challenged emotionally every day. The way we react and deal with the situations presented to us is what makes the difference.
It is not that emotionally strong people are cold. On the contrary, people who fail to express their feelings and who have difficulty in trusting others tend to be the weakest. Their fear of getting hurt make them build walls around themselves. Instead of dealing with emotions, they stay away from them altogether.
Throughout the years, body and mind started to be treated as separate entities. This duality forces us to deal with our thoughts and their results apart from who we are as a whole.
Life experiences along with traditional educational form the mental, or intellectual, dimension of wellness.
We exercise our body to keep the muscles of our body healthy. Those who exercise their intellect by learning new things and challenging their mind are contributing to their mental wellness.
Have in mind that spiritual wellness is not necessarily related to religion. Some people may feel inclined to see it this way because of their owns beliefs. However, spiritual health in fact englobes compassion, forgiveness and the sense of purpose and meaning in life.
It is important to take care of one’s health, but do not neglect the other dimensions of your well-being.
The absence of disease is without a doubt a blessing, but to fully enjoy wellness you also need to take care of all its aspects:
How optimal is your lifestyle? How important is wellness to you?
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