what the heck does this word really mean? Wellness seems to be a popular buzz word that is thrown around a lot these days, especially in conjunction with the word health. I know I am guilty of using it a lot in my own blog, Instagram and even Facebook posts but when I stopped to think about it I was a little unsure if I was even using it correctly. 🙄 I caught myself dropping the word yesterday when I was talking to a friend of mine who I have been coaching for the last couple months and I realized it really can mean different things to different people. What wellness means to me may be totally different than what it means to my friend and to all of you out there as well!
I wanted to dive a little deeper into what this word really encompasses so of course the first thing I thought to do was google it! By definition wellness means, “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” Makes sense, right? Kinda, maybe? When I first read the definition I thought, ok yeah, that’s pretty much what I thought it meant. Then I read it a few more times and started really thinking about how that definition was a little bit vague as everyone’s ides of “good” health is different, but then again maybe that was the point? Maybe the definition is vague because what’s really important is how we chose to interpret it so it fits into our own lives….
Wellness for me is something that I have been working diligently to implement into my daily life for almost a year now. My ultimate goal was and still is to achieve a better level of health, both mentally and physically. To get to where I wanted to be I knew I would need to make wellness a priority. So if better health was my goal, wellness was how I was going to get there! For me using wellness to achieve my goals came in the form of several lifestyle changes such as:
- Better eating habits
- Eating breakfast everyday
- Cutting out fast food and soda
- Adding a Super-food shake to my daily meal plan to get all the nutrition I had been lacking
- Working out on a consistent basis
- Paying attention to how much sleep I was getting
- Finding supplements to aid with my workouts and recovery
- Adding a multi-vitamin to my daily routine
- Making sure to get my regular physical to stay on top of my overall health
Now some of those things mentioned above I implemented right off the bat, like cutting out fast food and holding myself accountable to working out 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. Some of them, like the super-food shake and the supplements came a little later on in the journey. So my idea of wellness has morphed along the way to keep up with the bigger and better goals I am continually setting for myself. Makes sense then that wellness is a state of being and a fluid one at that. It is a state that I can constantly adapt to the ever changing needs of my body and mind.
The ultimate goal with wellness, in my opinion, is to be able to live our best lives. Wellness is the vehicle with which we can get there. It is a way of life that at it’s core revolves around making optimum health a priority. It is a process that will not only change you but will change with you. Wellness for me now isn’t even a second thought. In the last ten months I have come to absolutely love taking care of myself and have fully embraced this new way of life. I am 100% committed to finding the best version of myself and living the happiest, healthiest life possible!
Hope you all are having a great week! Stay happy and healthy!! 💜