What is Wellness?

I recently found myself wondering how people define wellness. Do we all perceive it differently? Of course we do. We are all human and we all have slight variations of our beliefs. I view wellness as continuously taking care of ourselves and enjoying all aspects of our lives. I did a little research and wanted to share some of my findings with you.

Wellness Defined

“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another.” – UC Davis

“The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort” and/or “An approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases” – Dictionary.com

“For a happy life, physical well-being is important, but true wellness must include a happy mind,” the Dalai Lama

“We know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. But we can all agree on some basics: Movement is good for you. So is stress management. And a diet loaded with plants. A support network filled with deep and meaningful relationships. A healthy home. A connection to nature. Deep breaths. The belief that there’s something bigger than us. We love holistic healing but know it’s not perfect (and Western medicine isn’t perfect either). We think these two methods can work in tandem. Ultimately, you know best what works for you.”  – MindBodyGreen

When I think about the problems of the world, it all comes back to one thing, wellness. People need to take care of themselves as a major priority in life. When you are well, in all aspects of life, you’re better suited to help others to be well also. I believe life is meant to be fun. We are meant to follow our dreams and do the work that inspires us, encourages us and makes a difference in the world. Sometimes we have things we need to heal in our lives in order to move forward with our dreams. This is where self care, healing, clearing blocks and accepting or making changes in our lives comes in. I don’t believe in perfection. I do believe people should accept who they are, faults and all. I also don’t have all the answers and don’t think anyone does. I do know that I feel better when I treat myself well. I’m better suited to take care of others and be my best self. One way I can help others to better their lives is to share what works for me and hope it brings you a little ease in your journey in life. The constants I’ve come across are to Follow YOUR Heart and Do What Works for YOU.

Happy Saturday! xo – Bri

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