In recent years, the term “wellness” has become the new trend in healthcare. But what does wellness actually mean? In order to understand wellness, we first have to understand the concept of health. Let’s look at the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), which defines health as “a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Based on that definition, wellness is a product of you functioning optimally physically, mentally and socially.
So what does this mean in the real world? Wellness is a concept that if you are functioning at your highest level, you will live life at the highest level. Well people are better parents, sons, daughters, friends, bosses, employees and so on. Well people get sick less, are more productive and are happier with life.
Well people are just better.
How do you get yourself well? Believe it or not, it is a very simple concept. At our office, we have a roadmap of simple steps that, when done properly, will supply you with all of the ingredients to make you into a picture of wellness. Our three step approach addresses how you move, eat and think as they apply to being well.
Each of these is designed around that premise that wellness is the natural state of normal human function, and if you apply each of these concepts in a way that supports normal function, you will be healthy and well. Here are some examples to apply to your day to day life.
Move. Make 30 minutes a day a priority to you. Use these 30 minutes to go out and move in a way that raises your heart rate. It does not matter what you do, just move. We were not designed to sit constantly.
Eat. Keep your diet local, grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius. Also, try to keep your diet as raw and natural as it can be, to maximize nutritional content.
Think. Take time at the end of the day enveloped in an activity that requires you to accomplish something to make you better. Read a book; play a game of chess; go for a walk in silence. Meditate.
Remember, wellness is not a destination, it is a lifestyle. Wellness is not something that you achieve overnight, but gradually move towards because of your healthy decisions.