The use of the word wellness has grown in popularity over the last 10 years (because I don’t remember anyone saying it in the 90s and early 00s) and is used in environments that stretch beyond hospitals. It’s a personal initiative that seems to mean a number of things depending on who you ask. With so many different directions, I had to stop and ask myself, “What is wellness and what does it mean to me?”
Here’s what I concluded: Wellness is being aware of my present self and acting in my best interest while pursuing optimal mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and lifestyle health. For me, it’s that simple.Wellness is being aware of my present self and acting in my best interest while pursuing optimal mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and lifestyle health. Click To Tweet
Now your areas of priority may vary a bit but everyone is seeking some sort of balance. For instance, some may want to break down lifestyle wellness as environmental, financial, educational and career. I chose to categorize them together but it’s really up to each individual person.
What’s more is each wellness area is interrelated and at some point, needs your attention. Your body or mind will surely let you know if you’ve been neglectful. So what’s the goal? It’s to maintain and keep balance in each area to achieve optimal health.
To keep wellness at the forefront of my mind, I’ve adopted a morning routine, which is extremely necessary for busy people 😜. This includes:
- Scripture reading,
- Leisure reading, and
- Exercise, on certain days.
Are you working to optimize your wellness? If so, leave a comment letting me know how!
Recipe for this kiwi spinach smoothie:
2 peeled kiwis
1 frozen peeled banana
1 cup baby spinach
1 Tbsp flaxseed
1/2 to 3/4 cup apple or pineapple juice
Blend, garnish with mint (if you’re fancy), and enjoy!