August is “National Wellness Month.” According to The World Health Organization, “Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is an active process toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness includes the state of health, happiness, balance, and prosperity.
Wellness is more about the quality of a person’s life and not just dependent on the person’s age, size or shape. Wellness is ultimately about how you thrive in your life and work. Embarking on a wellness journey is about using the appropriate tools to make you a happier and healthier human being. Wellness is a more proactive state where one is engaged in constantly adapting to various important aspects of life.
Several key areas of your lifestyle are considered when improving your overall wellness. They include: nutrition, exercise, sleep, mindfulness, and social connectedness. Each aspect has an impact on your physical and mental health.
Exercise not only makes a big impact on your physical wellbeing, but also your mental wellbeing. Even just 20 minutes of exercise a day can improve your overall wellbeing. Try taking a brisk walk on your lunch break or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
To improve your nutrition, focus on adding whole, nutritious foods to your diet. Pack some raw fruits or veggies for work snacks. Also try keeping a food diary to log your daily meals along with how you physically and mentally feel after each meal. A food diary is great way make you more aware of how your food intake effects your overall wellness.
We all crave social connection to friends or loved ones. Making time to reach out and talk or see loved ones in your life is a great way to improve your overall wellness.
Practicing mindfulness is not only good for your body and mind, but also changes the brain. The more you tap into your thoughts and become more aware of how you react to stressful events, the more at ease your mind and body will feel. There a different relaxation techniques that can aid in practicing mindfulness. I find meditation and yoga very helpful.
What are different ways you improve your overall wellness and live a thriving life?