What does wellness mean to you? Health, fitness, happiness…something more? When I think of wellness, I think of caring for my mind, body, and soul.
Here’s what the experts have to say on the matter:
Merriam-Webster defines wellness as the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.
The National Wellness Institute’s definition is similar, but takes it a step further: Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
The Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary goes even further: A philosophy of life and personal hygiene that views health as not merely the absence of illness but the full realization of one’s physical and mental potential, as achieved through positive attitudes, fitness training, a diet low in fat and high in fiber, and the avoidance of unhealthful practices (smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, overeating).
Yikes! That’s pretty intense—philosophy of life, successful existence, full realization of one’s potential… What happened to eat your vegetables, move more, and get plenty of sleep?
While, the nuances of wellness are different for each of us, there are some commonalities upon which everyone seems to agree:
- Wellness is more than the absence of illness.
- Wellness requires active participation.
- Wellness encompasses more than our physical bodies.
And pursuing wellness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s not all or nothing; baby steps count. In fact, focusing on small steps can help ensure that we continue to progress without getting burned out and throwing in the towel.
For example, here are some of the baby steps I’m taking:
- Mind: reading Mindset by Dr. Carol S. Dweck
- Body: getting a monthly massage
- Soul: spending time in nature
What’s one step you will take today towards wellness? Please share your ideas with us.
Christie is an author and professional communicator who blogs about life transitions, wellness, mindfulness, and anything else that answers the question “So what? Now what?”