THE WELLNESS REVOLUTION
An extract from the XTL Journals
What is Wellness?
Wellness is about thriving and not just surviving. Wellness is the art of practicing healthy daily habits to achieve health in every area of life.
Wellness is part of a person’s being, the way they think, the way they act and the way they communicate.
Wellness is the process of actively becoming aware of your health and life as a whole. It is about making choices to change and grow. Wellness is more than being free of illness, it is also about complete health, mental, physical and social.
Wellness is a way of life.
The eight areas of wellness are…
Of the 8 wellness areas, health is one that has many parts to it.
- Cardiac health
- Weight management
- Inner health
- Active health or movement
And, you can also add relaxation and life balance to the list.
How to practice wellness…
For the beginner, starting with 20 minutes 3-4 times a week can have a positive impact on your energy levels, well-being and even your outlook. Try walking or riding a bike to start. Take the stairs when possible and improve your intensity as you get fitter and stronger.
Inner health goes hand in hand with physical health. What you consume gives you energy to fuel your day.
Feed yourself garbage and you will end up suffering long-term, feed yourself nourishing foods and you will reap the benefits for life.
Stay away from sugars, empty carb’s, preservatives and take-aways. That’s not a complete list, but a good start.
Stay in touch with family and good friends. Staying connected, (and I don’t mean by an electronic device) helps us become the person we are and them the person they become.
It is partly true, the people you hang around, is the person you will become. Take the positive aspects from your friends and also learn from their behaviour we sometimes question. So, make your friends good one’s.
It is proven that friendship can extend life expectancy and ignite part of our brain that makes us feel good. Friendship is important to our mental health and can help us when we are stressed.
Me time is essential every now and then. It allows you to revive and relax.
Take time to do your favourite things or take time to do nothing at all if that’s what you need.
Me time keeps us balanced and gives us time to problem-solve when there are no distractions. This is one of the reasons so many people meditate, to clear their mind and let answers come.
It is amazing how many problems are solved during meditation and me time.
See me time for more
Intellectual is not about being the smartest tool in the shed, it is about life wisdom and having the smarts to avoid silly and sometimes costly mistakes. It’s about knowing what to do when the need arises. It’s about common sense.
It’s about learning from those who have gone before us and not having to re-invent the wheel.
Learn, gain wisdom and practice quiet confidence.
How do you act when the sh#* hits the fan?
Do you rant and rave, breakdown, panic crawl into a corner or run away?
Emotional intelligence is mastering our reactions to potentially ugly situations. It is keeping calm in a crisis and to immediately start looking for solutions rather than panic.
This often comes from experiencing past hardships which hardens us up for when the next challenge appears. The more one experiences, the calmer one becomes. That is, if they learn the lessons life presents us on our journey.
How do you react when a difficulty arises?
Keep calm, look at all the variables and find a solution.
Without enough sleep, a person can become grumpy, non-productive, lethargic and make lots of mistakes.
On the other side of the coin, getting enough sleep and waking up early gives us a positive productive way to start the day. Get some exercise in, eat a nourishing breakfast and focus on your priority for the day.
Avoid caffeine after lunch, don’t eat after 7pm and include some quiet just before sleep.
Financial health is just as important as all the other wellness areas. Without proper planning and money in the bank, every time an unexpected bill comes in, it causes unwanted stress.
Planning for your future is essential.
Are you prepared for what you need in the future?
Start planning early, avoid waste and buying “stuff” just for the sake of keeping up with your friends and educate yourself financially. Don’t believe everyone you speak to and use your intuition to guide you, it will never be wrong.
For more on intuition, read Do you smell something fishy
Start with small changes in each of the 8 areas of wellness. It’s not a race, so take it one day at a time and don’t punish yourself for slipups.
Yours in wellness,
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