What is Wellness? No really?

by Radwa El Samahy


What is Wellness?

Ideally wellness is defined as a state of being in good health, especially as an end goal. It’s not limited to physical health, but mental, psychological, emotional and social health as well. Its significance is directly linked to health in the means of important lifestyle choices, such as social connectedness, exercise, sleep, nutrition, and mindfulness. Each one has a powerful impact on your overall wellbeing. 

The main philosophy of wellness revolves around being both preventive and holistic. Meaning that wellness is not static or passive, it’s an active pursuit that is associated with choices, intentions and consistent actions. 

Wellness is often confused with terms like health, wellbeing and happiness. While there are common elements among them, wellness is distinguished by not referring to a static state of being (i.e., being happy, in good health, or a state of wellbeing). Rather, wellness is associated with an active process of being aware and making choices that lead toward an outcome of optimal holistic health and wellbeing.


Holistic Healing 

A  person is made of interdependent parts, if one of these parts are not functioning properly, the rest will be affected. Holistic healing typically means having a balanced approach in regards to the wellness of the body, soul and mind. 

How does it work?

Holistic healing focuses on preventative methods, unlike the standard medicine that concentrates on the treatment. Meaning that if you have a headache, a doctor will give you a prescription or a pain killer, but a holistic medicine practitioner will likely take a look at all the potential factors that may be causing your headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan focuses on helping the patient lead a healthier lifestyle with a few modifications in order to help prevent the headaches from recurring. The treatment is based on fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms. 

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be challenging, especially with the daily temptations we face. Taking it one step at a time can make it a lot easier to stay motivated and consistent for the sake of our wellbeing.

Here are a few tips to help you detox physically, emotionally and spiritually.  

Intermittent Fasting
Try fasting twice a week. Research has shown that intermittent fasting is very beneficial for the body and mind, in terms of improving your memory, sleep, concentration and energy.

The 80/20 Rule Practice the 80/20 rule and eat only until you are 80% full. A good way to do this is to eat slowly, so you are aware of your satiation level while you eat. Eating on the go or while watching television are surefire ways to overeat and hinder your body’s ability to properly digest what you consume.


Keep The Good Deeds Flowing 
The act of giving, whether of your finances, skills or time, is extremely rewarding. In a 2006 study, Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect.


Replace Caffeine with Natural Alternatives
Limiting the number of cups you consume per day to one or two, could make a huge impact on your overall health. Try replacing the rest with other options that can give you an energy boost, such as nuts, hot peppermint, dark chocolate, and lemon water. 


Nurture Your Emotional Health
Be mindful and conscious about choices you make to always be in favor of your mental and emotional wellbeing.  

Wellness could never be achieved overnight, it requires effort, consistency and a high level of awareness of the impact each one of your lifestyle choices has on you and your wellbeing. Very little things can affect our daily performance and effectiveness, such as irregular sleeping and eating patterns, caffeine consumption during the evening, or the absence of quality time with yourself.


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