When you hear the word ‘wellness’ what comes to mind? The majority of people think, going to the Dr. and taking prescription meds is wellness. I want to challenge you to re-think ‘wellness’, especially holistic wellness.
Holistic wellness is looking at yourself as a whole. Mind, body, and spirit. How to you take care of your physical body? Do you eat fast food and junk on a regular basis and take a pill to control your cholesterol? Or, do you balance out the junk food and healthy food? Do you sit all day or do you try to get up and move around or possibly do some form of exercise? Do you take vitamin supplements or not? Do you wash your hands after going to the bathroom or are you gross? All these things affect physical health and this is what our western medical system has crammed into our heads. And, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not all that there is to health.
But, what about mind? How do we engage our minds? When we neglect all aspects of ourselves our physical and mental health suffer. We have given up reading a real book over memes on FB. Reading engages our brains and imagination. We gave up creative hobbies that teach us critical thinking skills for video games and social media. This causes a reduction of serotonin, and dopamine, which are ‘happiness hormones’ that our brain’s release. But, don’t worry there is a ‘pill’ for that.
However, the most neglected aspect of ourselves is our spirit. I’m not talking about the outer divine spirit that you go to church for, but, the very essence that makes us, us. When was the last time you sat in a peaceful place and just listened to nature? When was the last time you closed your eyes and just breathed, letting your mind go. When was the last time you felt that childish wonder when you would see all the pretty Christmas lights or when a butterfly landed next to you?
In a world of instant gratification, technology and now, now, now we have sacrificed our spirits, minds, and thus our physical bodies. Holistic wellness helps to integrate all parts of ourselves. It’s a lifestyle and a choice …Mind, body, and spirit. Eating well, taking care of your physical body with good fuel, enough sleep, and chemical fee products. Engaging your mind with differing conversation, books, and hobbies. Feeding your spirit with mediation, nature, and self acceptance.
When we take the time to nurture ourselves, no matter how small. We are happier and healthier. We feel more fulfilled and we prosper in so many ways. So take a deep breath and really let it out as if you are letting go of the weight on your shoulders and smile. Life may not always be perfect, pills don’t always solve the problem and there are no easy answers. But, as long as you try to live a holistic ‘natural’ life. Your wellness will be the better for it.