When I think of wellness, I think of overall health. Not just physical health, but mental health too. It’s actively practicing healthy habits so that every day you’re thriving and bettering yourself.
Wellness to me is “Living Lean.” Living a lean life is not just about being in shape physically. Living a Lean Life means continuously trying to improve yourself and your circumstances by focusing on things that add value to your life and make you more valuable to others while eliminating the things that waste your time, energy, and resources.
There are five main aspects of personal health: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. In order to be considered “well,” it is imperative that none of these areas are neglected.
Physical wellness refers to the proper functioning of all your body organs so that you can actively perform your regular activities. The condition of your cardiovascular system, muscles, and body composition are highly responsible for your body flexibility. The more your body remains flexible, the more you can be fit physically.
The more I exercise and the more variety of workouts I do, the better I feel.
Try a new workout challenge at home, sign up for that dance or kickboxing class you’ve been wanting to try, ask a friend to meet you for a walk, or commit to a new fitness program.
I personally started feeling physically better once I changed my diet and tried something new.
For the proper functioning of your life, you need to be mentally fit too. Our mental state affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Do you take time to yourself to do the things that make you happy? Do you allow yourself to relax? I started going to therapy two years ago and I have learned a lot about myself which has helped my mental well-being. And, just this last year, I have finally taken the time to do the things that make me relax.
Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. Over the last year, I have dealt with so many life changes, so I have had to figure out ways to cope to remain emotionally healthy. Journaling, blogging, traveling, therapy and meditation have all helped me stay emotionally healthy. These things have helped me work through my emotions instead of suppressing them.
My friend, Amber, performed a virtual sage clearing with my daughter and helped her work on meditation techniques. It was so helpful. I have done a few sage clearings myself and it’s made a huge difference in my emotional state.
Social wellness is is having positive connections and interactions with different people of society, sharing ideas, spending quality times with friends, traveling with people, getting along with co-workers, etc.
I’ve always enjoyed being social, but I also crave genuine connections with other people. Connections are so important to me, so I value my relationships that I put time and energy into. Sometimes, just a simple phone call, video chat or lunch with a friend can totally brighten your day.
Spiritual wellness refers to the practices followed by a person for spiritual growth and maturity. Spirituality helps a person to understand the proper and deeper meaning of life through which they can learn to think positively. Spiritual disciplines contain practices like meditation, worship, fasting, reading, traveling, etc.
I’ve changed my beliefs a lot over the last 5 years on religion and spirituality. I’ve asked a lot more questions and done a lot more research and it’s helped me grow so much as a person. It’s amazing how the Universe works and I truly believe that you receive what you put out there. Have you ever watched The Secret? Check it out on Netflix!