Wellness is crucial to our daily life. In fact, it is a major part of health. WHO(World Health Organization) defines health and wellness as;
a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Moreover, wellness is an active process within human of becoming aware and making choices in life toward a fulfilling and living a healthy lifestyle. It is not just about being free from any illnesses, but also about the dynamic processes involving growth and change.
There are numerous dimensions of wellness including social, occupational, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and physical health wellness.
We tend to focus on health and wellness; however, from occasionally, other dimensions will be covered, as well. Each of the wellness dimension mentioned is vital in pursuing and achieving better health and happier way of life.
Wellness Of The Mind
The degree of spirituality an individual possess can be an excellent way for which to develop wellness of the mind. Moreover, spirituality on any level is an effective way to purify the mind and replenish the soul. Wellness is not only about the mind. It is a state of a person’s whole being. It encompasses mind body and soul.
Perhaps, the most popular and widely means of cleansing the mind and achieve mind wellness is through meditation. This provides a person a chance to reflect from the inner side, regroup and relax at the same time. Doing meditation allows a person to focus and listen to his or her inner voice disregarding life’s clutter.
Both spirituality and meditation practices have the ability to maintain both mind and body in perfect harmony. The human mind is a very complex mechanism, but sometimes it can be frazzled and overwhelmed if not taken care.
The mind works through different stages represented by brainwaves. These brainwaves vary throughout the day’s activities, and it reaches a point in which the brain rests itself while managing all the information gathered.
Allowing the brain to rest through relaxation and meditation allow it to maintain a state of wellness. Thoughts of all kinds continue to flood the brain, and when it is not given the time to rest it will become cluttered and confused resulting in a bad mood, stress, and even sickness. Just like the physical body, the brain needs a rest, too.
Holistic and alternative practitioners believed energy flows from the mind and then into the body. These practitioners also believed the mind is the primary form of transportation for the nervous system to facilitate proper communication through the entire body.
Techniques that are excellent for re-invigorating the mind include aromatherapy, relaxation music, and deep breathing exercises. Doing any, or a combination of these techniques allows effective reflection and offer the mind the opportunity to rest and eventually recharge or replenish for optimum functioning.
Putting effort to maintain mental wellness is just as vital maintaining physical wellness. Fortunately, we do not need to choose for which we should prioritize, but to both instead. Relaxing is easy and can be achieved quickly. For instance, relax and perform deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes during lunch break.
This can be done while sitting or even standing position. Just make sure there are no disturbances when performing it. When I was working for my first job in the office, I did this through my sit, or I do it at the comfort room when there are lots of disturbances at the workplace.
Perhaps, the perfect way of practicing both mental and physical wellness is doing Yoga. Yoga involves stretching through various poses. It sounds easy, but it is not especially for beginners.
As one becomes more of an expert performing Yoga, it is an amazing way to relax the mind while strengthening the muscles, at once. It is worth practicing Yoga, and it can be achieved either at the gym or home.
Listening to relaxing music while submerging the body into a warm bathtub is also another to allow the mind to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Wellness Of The Body
Now we’re going into the physical wellness, the body. Achieving an amazing degree of wellness of the body involved;
- Regular workout, or being physically active
- Healthy and well-balanced diet
- Healthy lifestyle or way of living including quitting smoking and alcoholism
Taking care of the body or physical wellness significantly enhances the wellness of the mind. Feeding the physical body with good nutrition is a great way to maintain healthily.
Moreover, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, taking vitamins and drinking lots of water daily are helpful and healthful. Making physical conditioning is vital to facing life’s daily challenges.
Many believed exercise is the primary key towards achieving good physical wellness. However, it is also essential to consider good nutrition as both works together in allowing the body to achieve its maximum potential physical wellness.
Let us put it this way. The body or physical wellness take care of the physical aspects while wellness of the mind refers to the mental part.
The brain thinks about wellness for the entire body, and it is being materialized or fulfilled by the physical or body through muscle toning and losing weight for obese individuals, or maintaining and achieving ideal weight for those who are overweight.
As mentioned earlier, the body needs rest, and so does the brain. The brain needs rest through meditation and relaxation while the body rest through sleep. Sleep is vital to recharging the body’s vital requirements for day-to-day activities.
Hence, aim to achieve the ideal numbers of hours nightly. Ideally, 5 to 8 hours of sleep is required for the body for it be able to recuperate from the previous day’s exhaustion.
Achieving total wellness for both mind and body can be effortless if resources are utilized intelligently through continuous education or learning. There is no difficult goal to achieve as long as the focus is put into it.
Yes, it can be lengthy, but with a continuous effort towards achieving total wellness, everything is possible. Keep in mind, years of abuse to the physical body has its cost and aiming to conditioning it once again takes time, patience and dedication.
Everything in life including both mind and body wellness should work in harmony and efficiently altogether as this is the only way a person can achieve a fulfilling and enjoyable way of life.
Remember, a well-oiled car or any mechanically operated machine work smoothly and continuously. The body works the same way, only it does not require industrial oils, but right nutrition and physical activities.
The human body is powerful and complex and able to withstand neglect and abuse, yet it has its limits. When the limits are ignored; it can lead to a severe health condition and even death.
Always remember this, the body is also an abode for both mind and soul. Meaning, maintaining a healthy and strong body means the mind and soul are also strong. When all these are achieved successfully, total body wellness occurs.
Tips Promoting Family Wellness
The family is the basic foundation especially for children when it comes molding wellness awareness. People in different walks of life including athletes, colleagues, movie stars, media personalities, and among many others can hugely potential to influenced young children.
On the other hand, several studies conducted found that still parents are the most influential to their children especially in areas like physical activities and eating habits.
Today, it is very obvious how obesity becomes a worldwide epidemic, especially in western countries. Some of the recent reports shown childhood obesity is going on an upward trend.
Thereby, as parents, it is vital to teach the children proper attitude when it comes to health and wellness. As they grow, it will inculcate into their subconscious mind and become a habit.
Total Family Wellness Tips
Eat Breakfast Together and Never Skip It
Based on various studies conducted, children who eat healthy and balanced breakfast meet their body’s ideal nutritional requirements resulting in well-maintained ideal weight, low blood cholesterol level, and significantly fewer stomach problems than those who tend to skip breakfast.
Let The Kids Help and Get Involve In Meal Preparation and Planning
Meal planning is healthy, and kids can involve in planning well-balanced meals. Teaching the children to read nutritional labels and learn the things that are written on the labels can be very helpful in meal planning and preparation.
Aim To Always Have Family Meals Throughout The Day, Everyday
Parents can watch over the food their children are eating, and this can be achieved through having family meals every time. Additionally, parents can explain the nutritional benefits of the foods being prepared and eaten, and how good food and nutrition help with behavioral and emotional development.
Sometimes, a busy day or night strikes. In this case, a family meal or dinner at a restaurant offering different healthy options can be a good idea, or perhaps, a planned dinner sometimes. Just remember to bring the children to a restaurant with various healthy options when it comes to food.
The majority of restaurants is now offering these healthy options especially on foods that are children’s favorites. Just don’t bring them to fast food wherein a bunch of food choices, but all are fried with unhealthy ingredients.
Encourage The Entire Family In Activities
Heart experts suggest adolescents and children should perform at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous workouts on a regular basis, every day.
Alternatively, if the children play sports like tennis, football, or basketball, the better as these sports are great cardiovascular exercise equivalents. Other intense full body activities include bicycling, walking, running or jogging, ice skating, bowling, and even miniature golf.