What Wellness Means to Me
Wellness is defined by The National Wellness Institutes (NWI) as "an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence." I like that definition as a starting point, but how does that translate to our day-to-day lives?
As a wellness coach, I have thought a lot about what wellness means. Personally, wellness means having the freedom to do what I want without any physical or mental barriers holding me back. It is not about striving for a perfect body or following a strict diet. Wellness is taking care of my mind and body in a way that allows me to do the activities I want to do and the mindset to feel content and peaceful.
Wellness is multifaceted.
Yes, optimizing our body's function through exercise, stress reduction, rest, etc., and working on what we eat is part of the equation. I believe, however, a significant portion of the equation is working on our mindset. This gives us the most bang for our buck. For instance, when we learn to love ourselves TRULY, we will want to treat our bodies well, and the exercise and healthier eating more easily fall into place.
Tuning into the mind and body connection is crucial to wellbeing.
For instance, recently, I decided I wanted to start training for another 50K trail race. I knew I would have to add longer runs into my routine. I reviewed online training websites and wrote out a detailed 4-month training schedule. After making the schedule, I decided that it was totally doable physically. However, I realized I wasn't excited about it. I questioned why I was planning to do the race and realized it wasn't for the right reasons right now. I decided to change course and put that plan to the side. Will I ever run another 50K? Maybe but most likely not this fall. I enjoy exercise and I am mindful to check in and make sure my ego doesn’t take over and ruin the enjoyment for me. REALLY listening to myself (mind and body) has become crucial to honoring me, and I find it goes a long way in reaching towards my peak physical and mental wellbeing.
Do you really listen to yourself? Are you making the best choices for your mind and body? Is your mind and body in sync? Are you treating yourself with love and respect? If you answered no to any of these, I could help. Reach out and let's chat!