What is Wellness?


Young boy meditating

What is Wellness Really?

What thoughts run through your mind when you look at this picture?  Could a daily practice such as this prevent tragedies such as Columbine?  Who knows for sure, but my guess is quite possibly YES!

I think about what my life would be like, had I learned the practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga at an early age.  Fortunately, I was always active as a child, and learned my mindfulness on the basketball court, and my yoga in gymnastics class.  But these practices quickly went to the side burner, in favor of  GPAs, sorority socials, and the start of a new career.  I had fallen victim to what society told me should be important.  Well where did work, work, work get me?  By the age of 35, it got me muscles filled with lactic acid (that crackling sound you maybe hear when you are getting a massage) and intense, shooting nerve pain running down my arm from “computer neck”.  Fortunately, I had been a vegetarian most of my adult life, so weight wasn’t an issue, but putting my body and mind back into shape was the issue.

 

Katie Jones, Life Skills Program Director at Bay Path College Writes:

It is nearly impossible to go through a day without being inundated with information about health and wellness. Try getting through a magazine, newspaper or TV show without an advertisement dedicated to health and wellness, which is one of the largest industries in America, and continues to flourish despite economic hardships in many other fields. However, wellness is not another fad such as the Slinky and Etch a Sketch®; it is at the core of our very existence.

It is shocking that despite being the richest country in the world, we continue to battle sickness at such high rates, and are beleaguered with stress, poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. The United States ranks 27th in the world in life expectancy behind nations such as Japan, Iceland, Andorra, Israel, and Malta. However, in comparison with Cuba which ranks 28th in the world, we spend 25 times more per capita on health care. We live in a nation where companies such as Starbucks and GM spend more on health care than they do on coffee and steel, respectively. Our businesses spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to address burnout, turnover, higher absenteeism, lower production and increased health care costs because of job stress. More than 7 out of 10 people over 20 years of age are overweight, obese or extremely obese. Nearly 40% of Americans do not engage in any leisure physical activity, and nearly 70% do not exercise regularly.

The time has long passed for us to do more than drop our jaws at these statistics and facts. It’s time for action. We need to make a lifestyle change and begin our pursuit towards Wellness.

Google “Wellness”, and here are the top five definitions or concepts:

The state or condition of being in good physical and mental health “when you come right down to it, stress affects every aspect of wellness” ~ dictionary.com

Wellness is a positive approach to living – an approach that emphasizes the whole person. It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health. ~ ~definitionofwellness.com

Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. ~ McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois

Wellness isn’t just not being sick. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.  ~ Student Health & Counseling Services, UC Davis

It takes more than physical exercise to maintain good health. Balance is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is the dynamic process of becoming aware of, taking responsibility for, and making choices that directly contribute to one’s well being and that of the common good. It is the integration of body, mind and spirit and the ongoing development of one’s own meaning in life. ~Medical Wellness Center, University of Miami

 

How Can I Help?

I have over 25 years of experience in plant based cooking and teaching, 25+ years in creating prosperity, and 12+ years of studying yoga and mindfulness philosophy.   Through a program I have created, I will work with you in 7 week increments, and assist you in analyzing and improving key facets of your life.  Along with a carefully selected reading list, you will learn how to create results while getting our life back in balance.

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