So I have been explaining to lots of my amazing friends this week (week 2 since Imperfectly Pure launched!! wwwop!!), what I mean by Wellness, and so thought it would be nice to write a little blog all about it, so that it will help you to see if you think you need it in your life.
There are lots of definitions out there, I like this one from the National Wellness institute:
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and
making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
Wellness is a dynamic process, that is constantly evolving, like so many things, a journey. Which kind of makes it fun! And also I think very achievable for all of us. If you want to feel “well”, there is so much you can do!! The things I am showing you will, I believe, empower you.
I want you to feel strong in your body, mind and spirit so that you are able to make balanced choices that will help you to do three things:
- Help you achieve your full power and potential
- Recognise and address your whole person
- Affirm and mobilise your positive qualities and strengths
So, it really is a lot like the Yellow Brick Road, where each of us, and the sum of all our parts, are travelling together; constantly moving forward and overcoming obstacles along the way.
I think that it’s ok to wonder what is “over the rainbow” like Dorothy did, because the Journey is really the Destination; it’s not about reaching “Oz”, it’s just about moving forward, with like-minded people, in a Balanced way. There are no extremes on this Yellow Brick Road 🙂 Along your way, try to seek out people that can help you, that YOU can also help in turn, that make you feel good, that love you, that YOU can love, and that can inspire you to want to live a good life for yourself and those around you.
Bikram used to ask us a lot of questions on training, one of his favourites was this:
Who is the most important person in your life?
And the answer is simple. It’s YOU. YOU are the most important person in YOUR life. You might think it’s your mum , or your husband, or your cat, but it’s YOU. Because only when you truly learn to love and care for yourself can you even begin to be prepared to do the same for others. This was one of his moments of clarity for me! I spend my life trying to be selfless, BUT I definitely balance that out with also being Selfish!! I take time for me, every day. Just for me. That is so so important because it leaves me the mental strength and space to help the people I love, and try to be a good person. I will be talking more about this “time for me” in tomorrow’s Meditation For Beginner’s Blog.
I want you to feel Empowered!
So, a lot of the advice I am giving will hopefully empower you to make good decisions, give you some advice that you may not have had the time to find on your own, so that you can begin living your life fully, unlocking the power that lies either dormant, or not yet fully realized, inside you. If you can learn to start listening to yourself, truly listening, let go of any fear that tells you you can’t do something (because you CAN do whatever you want to), that is really the first step to achieving. Just Think Of It!
Here is a little summary of each part of Wellness and what it means:
- Occupational wellness is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions. This dimension of wellness encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work
- Physical wellness involves maintaining a healthy body. This means moving your bodies (exercise), eating well balanced meals (nutrition), sleeping, managing stress, pay attention to signs of illness and seek help when you need to. Maintaining a healthy body is a key component to a long healthy life.
- Social wellness involves participation in your community and developing and nurturing healthy relationships
- Intellectual wellness means staying curious and engaged in learning new things. Being a lifelong learner won’t just make you a well-rounded individual, it will make you healthier. Engage in creative and mentally stimulating activities. Read for pleasure, be aware of social and political issues, or join a club or group that focuses on enhancing intellectual interests.
- Spiritual wellness is a process of understanding (or attempting to understand) beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide your life. Some do this through a religious community, some spend time outdoors, whilst others meditate or practice yoga. Whatever your preferred approach, spending time asking and exploring your spiritual life can be an important part to your overall wellbeing.
- Emotional wellness is based on how you feel; to understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences
- Environmental wellness encourages you to respect the delicate balance between the environment and yourself. Respect for other living things in our environment is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself
By introducing you to ways to naturally lead a Balanced Life, that fit’s in with your life, I hope that you will begin to feel empowered. Everything you could ever want is already inside of you, in your own “back yard”. 🙂
The Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I – I think that it – it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?