It’s safe to say that wellness has been somewhat of a buzzword recently. There’s wellness centres, wellness workshops, wellness kits, wellness blogs, the list goes on!
But what actually is wellness? How do we achieve it? And why?
Generally speaking, wellness is a state of being, ever evolving to help you become the best version of yourself. A happy, healthy, fulfilled, and successful individual. However, I was asked a while ago to define what wellness meant to me. It was tricky because wellness is such a broad term, and to be honest, I don’t feel like I am achieving the standard definition of ‘wellness’ all the time! Nevertheless, I sat down and pondered. I listed techniques, perspectives, and habits I’d adopted over the years that have helped me maintain a productive, healthy, positive state of being (most of the time). But I realised that I had forgotten about the most important part: where to even start…
Achieving wellness is a unique journey for each individual, and so it begins with making an effort to understand yourself. Once we give ourselves the attention we deserve and need, we know exactly what we need more of and what we need less of. With that knowledge, we can take action, make choices, and equip ourselves with the tools we need to achieve wellness.
Let’s be real… life is going to smack you in the face and get you down from time to time, and sometimes we have no control over it. Once we accept that there are things we have no control over, we give ourselves space to focus on the things we can control: Yourself. Your choices, your attitude, your perspective, and the people you surround yourself with. You need to know yourself better than anyone, so take the time to check in and see how you feel. What makes you feel good? What gives you a sense of achievement, pride, and joy? What makes you feel meh? And definitely take the time to notice what makes you feel negative or empty—eliminate that!
I think wellness is something we should all strive for on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong; I know it’s not an easy task! But I’ve found that it doesn’t just benefit you; it has a ripple effect on other aspects of your life. Wellness is kind of like when you’re on an airplane and the cabin crew instruct you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping anyone else. You have to be in a great place to have a significant impact on everything, and everyone else in life—your work, your passions, partner, children, friends, co-workers—the list goes on.
At the end of the day, wellness looks like different things to different people, so don’t feel pressured to take up yoga or go for a run every day if it doesn’t feel right for you. Wellness is an extremely personal and individual lifelong journey, requiring you to pay attention to yourself, be honest with yourself, and take action.
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