It seems in recent years “wellness” has come to mean more to us. Maybe it’s just my observation, but topics such as toxicity, stress, organic food, and others related to wellness seem to be more in vogue now more than ever (I’ve lived 40 years…certainly I can judge the history of time ;). Where I believe wellness used to be more associated with old folks or those in declining health, I believe now it’s more of a state-of-mind or way of life, regardless of your age. So I ask you, are you well? Are you a “well-being”? Below are a few ideas you can reflect on while asking yourself those questions…
- Well-being could be said to be a state in which one has balance, purpose, and meaning in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.
- A well individual is not without challenges, but he/she embraces these challenges as a natural part of life and the creation of their dreams.
- A well individual pursues their dreams and seeks growth, opportunities, meaning, and love for themselves and others.
- A well individual takes responsibility for their choices and what they want to create in life; focusing on what they want and not what they don’t want.
- Those who are well recognize the importance of relationships and how relationships help them grow and achieve their dreams.
I know the above isn’t typical speak when wellness conversations are had. I find such conversations to typically revolve around physical health and whether or not one feels good. It’s important that we not forget how important all aspects of our lives intertwine with one another. We are a cybernetic system – a system of systems – all systems sharing their stress and positive workings. Ultimately, well-being is comprised of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being. Which area(s) YOU should focus on at any particular time is key for you to live a life of well-being. As a Holistic Life Coach this is a process I take my clients through. For those of you I don’t know or aren’t clients of mine, I recommend you continually seek opportunities to learn more about who you are and who you want to be. This can be done thousands of different ways (i.e., books, classes, travel, mentorships, groups, meditation), but I’ll summarize the effort as this: To learn and grow you have to experience that which is outside of your norm, your bubble, your comfort zone… You have to have new experiences. This doesn’t have to be a big effort. It can start with such small things as taking a new route to work or using your left hand for something you would usually use your right for. Give your mind a new experience, no matter how small, and you will be taking steps toward knowing more about yourself and becoming a “well-being”.