When I ask people what they picture when I say the word “wellness,” often times they close their eyes and say that they picture a thin attractive woman wearing yoga apparel doing a difficult inversion yoga pose on a beach somewhere. Or they picture someone they’ve seen on Instagram who has that defined body and many #bootybuilding type hashtags, those people who are constantly posting workout photos and videos. That’s not really wellness though, that’s good marketing. Wellness is within. It’s as unique as your fingerprints. It is YOUR healthy balance of body, mind and spirit. Sure there are general things that everyone hears – eat whole foods in proper proportions, stay hydrated, learn new things, be positive, get enough sleep, exercise, and reduce stress. Yes, those are all fantastic things that you can do to increase your wellness. I encourage all of those things. But wellness is truly within. It has to be personal or it won’t stick. If it isn’t meaningful to you, the commitment will not be there. You have to decide what healthy means to you. You have to decide what that balance looks like because you are the one who will be living it every day.
Where to start? It starts with a positive mindset and a willingness to change some of the things about your life that you know are not doing your body any favours, the things that are detrimental to your health and wellbeing. That’s it. You just have to be willing to actually do it. Fitness and nutrition professionals, coaches and yoga teachers help in a big way, but it doesn’t start until you decide that you’d like to improve your quality of life. So, I want you to close your eyes and think about wellness, but think about what wellness would look like for you. What is your body, mind, spirit balance?
Does it seem overwhelming? Have you tried before and given up? Take a deep breath and start small. REALLY small. Decide on one healthy habit you’d like to adopt and keep with and one not so healthy habit that you’d like to break. Wellness is not a quick fix, it’s all about balance. Small steps lead to big changes if you are consistent. It could be that you want to start being active so you add in a short walk after dinner a few times a week and you cut out 1 cream and sugar in your coffee so that it’s a double-double instead of a triple-triple. Put some real skin in the game, start small, be consistent, but start. Your health is worth it. Write down a few small goals and start today. If you mess up, don’t beat yourself up, you are human, just get back at it. It takes courage. But you can do it and you are worth it. Your health is worth it.
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Yours in health,