How to Achieve Total Wellness in 3 Easy Steps
Wellness is such a broad concept. Not only can it be an elusive condition to achieve, but it can also be a slippery thing merely to define. We casually wish one another “well” all the time but ask what “well” means exactly, and the answer goes around in circles. The easiest way to describe wellness is – being in an overall state of good health, even if this good health can’t always be reduced to hard data like the numbers on a medical report. There’s good news, and there’s bad news when it comes to manifesting wellness in your life. The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to improve your own wellness regardless of what shape you’re currently in. The bad news, however, is that if you’re like most Americans, you probably have a lot of room for improvement.
Here are a few tips on how to begin your journey towards substantial wholistic wellness:
Step I: Take Care of your Mental Health – Statistically speaking, about 1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental illness in any given year. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem, followed by depression than bipolar disorder. All of this emotional infirmity can also trickle from the mind to the body. This is because psychological stress is scientifically proven to trigger physical symptoms such as headaches, tension, inflammation and more. The best way to address mental-health issues is by consulting with a trained medical professional. That being said, one good way to practice mental self-care individually is to exercise the habit of mindfulness. If and when you notice negative energy through mindfulness, do something to convert it to positive energy.
Step II: Take Care of your Spiritual Health – Whether you pray, or not, and whether you practice religion, or don’t, there’s still a spiritual dimension to who you are at the end of the day. A sense of wonder, of awe, an instinctive hunger for meaning in your world, is hardwired into the human operating system—and filling that need pays significant dividends. Studies have shown that spirituality through prayer, meditation, mindfulness or other reflective practices, can help the body maintain a certain equilibrium. Communal spirituality, particularly the kind practiced in churches, synagogues and other religious congregations, works in the same way connection to family and friends do. Spirituality naturally fosters health-relevant behaviors.
Step III: Get Fit – It’s no secret that for too many Americans, exercise comes last on the personal to-do list if it, in fact, makes the list at all. According to research by the Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 5% of adults in the US are physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, and only 20% of kids meet daily recommended thresholds for minimum aerobic activity. A sedentary lifestyle may be a persistent problem, but there are plenty of remedies available. It’s as simple as making the deliberate choice to move more. Walk more and run more. Jog more and workout more. Challenge yourself to spend physical energy incrementally until you hit a plateau. If you need help getting started, there are plenty of resources within reach from personal trainers/coaches to plain and simple DVDs.
Wellness is all about taking control of your life. Not just in a functional sense, but also in a psychological and spiritual sense. Working out and eating well is only half the battle. If you truly want to live a fulfilled life, it’s also important to pay attention to your emotions and mental faculties. Rather than reacting to the different events which happen in your life, pause, reflect and modify your behavior in order to improve on yourself day after day. Being conscious of your mental health, physical health, and spiritual health sets a strong foundation for an ideally healthy life.