The word “wellness” is becoming more commonplace in society today. The familiarity of this word is both hopeful and optimistic because wellness is a topic that everyone can benefit from.
Wellness is a sense of well-being and quality of life. It reflects how one feels about life. This differs from the definition of health which is defined as being freedom from illness, disease, and debilitating conditions. It is certainly possible to achieve wellness while not being in complete and total health.
Who Needs Wellness
Everyone needs wellness! The very healthiest of people and those who have illness, age, and other conditions can all strive to achieve a high level of wellness. Wellness has a lot to do with how we feel about life. No matter what health condition you may have, you can strive for wellness as you focus on your strengths and starting from where you are. For example, if you are facing a chronic disease, you can find wellness as you work on being as healthy as possible despite your condition. Improvements on sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress management, and even spiritual health can always happen- even with chronic disease. As you improve aspects of your health that are within your control, you will notice that even the aspects of your health that you cannot control become more manageable.
How to Achieve Wellness
A healthy lifestyle is the foundation for wellness. The key components of a healthy lifestyle include: proper nutrition, adequate exercise, sufficient sleep, stress management, and spiritual health.
- Proper Nutrition: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, water, lean protein, and healthy fats are all part of a healthy diet. Look for whole foods that are minimally processed to provide healthy fuel for your body.
- Adequate Exercise: it is recommended to receive a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week and strength training on 2 or more days each week.
- Sufficient Sleep: most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. While the amount of sleep an individual needs may vary slightly, find how much sleep you need to feel well rested and energized.
- Stress Management: chronic stress is never good for health and can lead to long term consequences such as high blood pressure or sleep problems. Find a few stress management techniques that work well for you and that you enjoy.
- Spiritual Health: turning to God is very healing and uplifting. Many individuals find strength and additional help through prayer, scripture study, pondering, service, and church attendance. Allow yourself the gift of this additional strength and find the connection between your body, mind, and spirit.
Above all, remember that things take time. If you have a day where you slip on your healthy lifestyle, pick yourself right up! With every stage of life, remember that there is always something that you can do to improve your wellness, which in turn will improve your health.