What IS wellness? I recently found the perfect definition, “Wellness is a proactive, preventive approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning“. Wellness is divided into 6 equal parts, Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Environmental, Emotional, and Social.
My quest for wellness started because “I simply don’t like going to doctors“. In my experience, I have found that many doctors have limited time to talk and I usually feel rushed. Sometimes they listen for a few minutes, hand me a prescription, and send me on my way. I had misdiagnosed blood-panel results with one doctor, another doctor yelled at me, and another doctor tried to send me for unnecessary testing. No thanks! Actually, I AM fortunate to have finally found a great Naturopath, PCP, Allergist, Dentist, and Dermatologist. I am very lucky, as they are all fantastic!
The other reason for my wellness lifestyle is that I like feeling “energetic and happy”. When I used to eat sugar and other unhealthy big meals, I felt and looked terrible. Although most unhealthy food tastes great, it does terrible things to a body. I’ve had stomach aches, weight gain, headaches, and loss of energy to name a few issues. I decided this is NOT how I wanted to live, so a long time ago I took action and changed my life. Unfortunately, I still suffer from asthma, and allergies, and catch the occasional cold, but for the most part, I feel healthy and happy! Below are a few items that I attribute to MY well-being:
Here are a few benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
Living a life of Wellness seems to work for ME, maybe some of these ideas can work for you too! I hope to NEVER depend on daily prescription drugs and to ALWAYS be free of disease. That’s a TALL order, but I’m up for the challenge. Are you?
So…now for the kicker! Even though I’m all about achieving optimal Wellness, Mother Nature has decided to step in. Read about it in the next post.
Are you dedicated to improving Wellness in your life? What tips do you have? Leave a comment below!