Wellness?

wellness

“Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed.  The mind and the body work together.  Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and the spirit.  If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and the strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.”  ~ Jim Rohn

When you start a blog, you look at the other blogs that are already being written.  You look at the readers and the categories.  There is lifestyle, diet, wellness, health, art and more.  According to the dictionary, wellness is “the state of being in good health.”  Which is a broad general category?

Our words health, whole and holy are all derived from the Anglo-Saxon word root ‘hal.’  “Healing” is derived from the same word root and means to restore to a state of wholeness, soundness, or integrity.  “Holy” comes from the same root and signifies wholeness and purity of mind and spirit.  Taken in its fullness of meaning, therefore, “health” has come to mean completeness and perfection of organization, the fitness of life, freedom of action, harmony of functions, vigor, and freedom from all stain and unholy corruption.  In a phrase, “health” is a sound mind and spirit in a sound body.

Why not use the billion dollar category diet?  One definition of diet is “restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food to lose weight.”  I don’t want to restrict my life or to lose anything.  I want to better my life.  I want to achieve wellness to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.

But still the word wellness is relatively general – let’s break it down into categories.  I have found a range of groups for this, but I am going to stick to majority rules.  There are eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

  • Emotional wellness relates to understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress.
  • Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings.
  • Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses.
  • Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge.
  • Occupational wellness is about enjoying your professional endeavors and appreciating your contributions.
  • Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed.
  • Social wellness helps you perform social roles efficiently and comfortably, and create a support network.
  • Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose.

Wow!  That is a lot to explore.  This is what the blog will dive into.  Different types, ideas, and products of wellness.  Finding the balance between them all into active awareness and make choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.

You should have a comfortable bed in which you can get enough rest and sleep.  Wellness should feel healthy and vibrant, the result of daily taking in pure water, clean, fresh air and sunshine.  And you should be the source of a diet, where you demonstrate a degree of commitment to eating nutritionally, using natural and wholesome foods consistent with your age, body and spiritual path.

Do you have a positive learning aptitude?  Do you exercise at least 3 times per week?  Are you making enough time each day to relax, reflect, sleep and renew yourself?  I know I struggle with some of these.

 

Today, I went to the gym and did some cardio work.  I also did some laundry and dishes.  My steps so far today is 6123.

 

“Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s Most-Trusted Online Dictionary.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary.

Silver, Sam. “Your Body Is a Temple .” Nordic Wiccan, nordicwiccan.blogspot.com/2014/07/your-body-is-temple.html.

“Wellness (Alternative Medicine).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Feb. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellness_(alternative_medicine).

”What Is Wellness?”  Student Health and Counseling Services, shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/what-is-wellness.

 

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