It can sometimes feel like the word “wellness” is thrown around a lot in popular media. Whether it is in the office, at school, or just at home watching TV, it seems there are always new initiatives promoting health and wellness. This is great! But sometimes, at least personally, it can feel overwhelming and confusing to know how to begin this journey that everyone is talking about.
Where to start? I struggled (and still struggle!) with this question a lot. Do I prioritize my mental wellbeing, or is my physical wellness more important right now? How is my spiritual health these days – do I need to take some time to sort that out? But if I take time off, how will I afford my gym membership to maintain my physical health? And if I don’t take care of my physical health, won’t my mental health deteriorate from worrying?
My thoughts can easily spiral out of control, upsetting every aspect of my life that contributes to my overall wellbeing. This can take ahold of my consciousness and consume every moment. When this happens, I hold my breath, count to ten, and release. It is easy to get overwhelmed when there are so many options. The paths to wellness are almost infinite.
Remember that wellness is not a state of being or something you reach by levelling up or accomplishing your next goal. Wellness is a process, constantly in flux. It’s about learning how to sit with yourself and assess your needs in the moment. What do you need to make yourself the best version of you right now? Maybe you feel stressed and need to go for a walk. Or perhaps a bit sluggish lately, your body is telling you to drink more water. Consider choosing the decaf coffee over the espresso. By listening to your body, you learn steps to take to help yourself live well.
After all, wellness is about doing what you can to improve your happiness and health. To be mindful of yourself, of your mental, physical, and spiritual needs, is the foundation for all forms of wellness.
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Lily Chadwick is a historian, daughter, partner, and dog-lover. When she isn’t traveling, she loves to rock climb, knit, and improve her language skills (currently struggling with French!)