Wellness

Many believe that wellness is the opposite of sickness. If you are not sick, then you are well and thus… you have wellness.  This is not the case, wellness has many levels. According to DefinitionofWellness.com, “Wellness is a positive approach to living – that emphasizes the whole person. It is the integration of body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your overall health.”

 

The National Wellness Institute has developed a 6 dimensional model of wellness in various aspects of our life:

 

  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional

 

The model suggests that applying wellness to these categories will contribute to our overall well-being and “a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living.”

 

Information is power, which leads to understanding and acceptance. If you are ready to embark on wellness and holistic care be prepared that some people may not understand and in some cases will dismiss the concept altogether. So what’s holding back the wellness industry? We are. The most resistant to this concept are the ones who are in a repetitive cycle of waking up, going to work, coming home, going to bed to only then repeat the next day. This is not a bad thing. Routine offers comfort and stability, two things humans need, but too much routine can become boring and bad habits like overeating and depression can set in.

 

One way to avoid this is learning to live with intent and being mindful of our surroundings. Daily meditation without distractions (television, kids running around, etc.) is an easy and inexpensive way to begin your journey. It sounds simple, because it is. The return on your “investment” is priceless. Wellness is a full circle approach. Fueling your mind is as important as fueling your body. Your mindset and attitude act like food to your emotional health and well-being which is key to overall wellness.

 

Once you decide to embark on wellness, define for yourself, the areas that need focus. Contact organizations (above) or seek out local holistic wellness centers for guidance. Wellness doesn’t have to be complicated but it may take time to get used to. Pace yourself and take breaks when needed. Like any new routine it will take time to perfect your approach. Also remember to congratulate yourself on your “wins, no matter how small.”

 

The wellness industry is a multi-billion dollar global industry. Spas and resorts spend countless dollars to ensure that guests leave feeling healthier than when they arrived – inside & out. Also, do your research and ask questions.  Don’t believe everything you read and don’t feel pressured to invest in anything “wellness or holistic” that doesn’t seem or feel right to you.

 

If the fancy spa isn’t your ticket, Organic Spa magazine’s Top 10 Rituals for Self-Care (February 2016) offers excellent tips and focuses on ways to achieve wellness or at least begin the journey, from the comfort of your own home.

 

Thalgo supports your journey of well-being with nutritional programs/supplements for slimming, detoxing and well-being because they believe that “feeling and looking your absolute best starts from within.”