Why Travel the Path of Wellness

Close-up shot of elderly woman doing stretching workout at yoga class. Women practicing yoga at health club. ** Note: Shallow depth of field

It’s incredible how much stress we can take on before we finally feel the weight of all our life stressors. Between work, family, bills, we must maintain a functional composure in our society that is deemed acceptable. In other words, showing friends and family that we are dealing with all that life drama and not losing our ever loving minds in public! So many of us go into autopilot and don’t acknowledge the need to relieve stress in a healthy way. Many people feel that they don’t have time to relax. Others feel that relaxing is lazy. And some feel that they are not worthy of taking the time for themselves. Then you come across a flyer or a line from a book/article that reads “Practice Wellness”. Wellness is a term that we now hear all over the place these days. But what is wellness really? Why is it so important to practice wellness?

Wellness is an active process of improving your quality of life. It is one thing to becoming aware that there is a need to make positive choices towards a healthy fulfilling lifestyle but it is important to follow through with those healthy choices. It is not just about dieting or how much you exercise. No, it is so much more than this. Practicing wellness is a way of thinking. It is a mindful way of being… existing. A wholeness that encompasses a balance of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health in all aspects of your life. People practice wellness in many ways to relieve their daily stressors. I personally like to meditate, do Yoga, and cook healthy meals. I do these things on a daily basis, though what works for me may not work for you.

Here are 12 ways you can practice wellness:
1. Get plenty of sleep.
2. De-clutter your space. Keep your living space and work space comfortable and clear of clutter.
3. Drink more water. Dehydration will keep you feeling fatigued.
4. Improve nutrition. Be mindful of what you consume. Processed sugars and preservatives will deplete your energy and could affect your metabolism. Eat enough healthy foods (fruits, veggies, etc.) through the day to maximize your metabolism ability to burn calories.
5. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down 5-10 things you are grateful for every day.
6. Move your body. Take time to stretch, go for a walk or a run, take a yoga class, or take a zumba class! Movement can help break up energy blockages in your body and allows better circulation and range of motion.
7. Connect with yourself. Take time each day to check in with yourself and how you are feeling physically and emotionally. What is your internal dialogue like? Are you being kind to yourself? Emotionally support yourself like you would support a dear friend or relative.
8. Connect with others. Maintain your supportive relationships or create new supportive relationships.
9. Manage your time.
10. Learn to say NO. Don’t overload yourself. Set realistic goals for yourself and try to not take on more than you can handle.
11. Laugh! Find something to laugh about every day, Laughing releases endorphins allowing that feeling of joy to circulate through your nervous system.
12. Live in the present. Though it can be difficult, try not to live in the past or worry about what happened yesterday. Try to stay focused on enjoying the present and finding joy in the moment.

Practice wellness they say…… Practice…… practice. No one is perfect. Achieving wellness is not an end goal to complete at a finish line. We all make mistakes. We all have legitimate reasons to be stressed about life. That is why it is called “practice”. We must continue to practice making healthy choices. Practice being kind and patient to ourselves. How do you practice wellness?



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