What the hell is wellness anyway?
Here’s the thing – I know I am a Life and Wellness Coach but what does that really mean anyway?
People question me: do you tell people what to eat, how to exercise and so on. The short answer is no! I don’t tell anyone to do anything! I help coach them to find the most suitable options for themselves. I help people live their most extraordinary version of their life. The wellness side is what often makes people question what I do.
Wellness is an active process of being of becoming aware of AND making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. I capitalised the ‘and’ as a number of people, including myself at times, are fully aware of what is healthy for them but don’t actively participate in those choices. As a dynamic process of change and growth, wellness is more than just being free from illness. It is a multifaceted, multidimensional approach to life that encompasses your mental and physical health, happiness, prosperity and welfare.
Here is the disclaimer: I can be completely shocking with my own health and wellbeing at times. I have recently given up RedBull AGAIN!! Damn if that drink isn’t some sort of Achilles heel for me I don’t know how to explain it! I fully know it is dreadful for me yet it was my go to choice of drink. Day 4 looking strong!
When you embark on a wellness journey you are making a conscious choice to the development of your whole self. You seek ‘tools’ that can make you a healthier and happier human. There will always be a collection of tools that aren’t effective for your continued growth and development. It is about looking at the huge variety of tools accessible to you and seeing how they can impact all aspects of your life. The path of wellness, just like fitness or education, is an ever-changing path that has countless avenues for you to cultivate your best self.
So if that all sounds a little overwhelming break it down into 5 habits the will help you feel younger.
I am not hear to preach about different dietary regimes but what I will say is watch films like What the Health and do your research. Find what works for you? Do you feel light, full of energy and does your skin look amazing? Or do you feel bloated, lethargic and does your skin look shallow? Answering those questions along will be enough to tell you if you are eating well.
Finding Activities You Enjoy
Find something that brings you joy that is outside your work/family life. It could be growing succulents, reading the classics or cooking awesome meals. Now this isn’t to say your family and work shouldn’t be activities that don’t bring you joy but by including more things in your life that you enjoy you expand your ability to have an awesome joyful life.
Find a community, family or group of friends that you can connect to and share the journey that is life. I have to say I am a very lucky woman when it comes to staying connected. Today I was able to head to the park for lunch with my Mother, sister-in-law and 4 of my nieces and nephews. Tonight, I am heading to see Wonder Woman with an amazing group of women! A note to introverts reading this: I am an introvert so totally get that getting out and socialising can be challenging but balance the socialising with your recharging time and being connected is rewarding!
Exercising your body AND your mind regularly
Consistency is key here! If you work either your body or your mind infrequently they don’t work to their full capacity. I am an avid Crossfitter and yogi. You might like swimming and Pilates (seriously Pilates is awesome!) or you might like MMA and surfing. Find what can keep your body healthy. Don’t forget your mind. A lot of people I know don’t read (except what is on FB) but I implore you to read. Read books on any topic that interests you. It could be surfing or personal development, travelogues or biographies but please read! Some people like crosswords or sudoku but I am passionate about reading or listening to podcasts!
Another area that I am fairly certain you know is extremely valuable. Ensure you have the best mattress for yourself, great bedding and have the room at a suitable temperature. I love a colder room that enables me to sleep under heavier bedding. Oh and a super tip: Sleep naked! This allows your body to regulate its temperature so that you don’t overheat during the night!
By engaging this 5 habits you can feel better and younger! You might wonder why I call them habits. The harsh truth is you can’t just do them once and expect them to work for the rest of your life. They ideally should become so second nature that they are a healthy habit. Unlike my RedBull habit!
How is your overall wellness? Is it where you would like it to be? Ask yourself in those habits alone on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being brilliant and 1 being extremely bad) just where you are today. Let me know how you are doing?