We all want wellness. We go on diets, see the doctor, and go to the gym. Many of us spend a great deal of our time trying to be well.
But what is wellness? What is this state of being that is our goal? Often in life, it is important to understand what it is we are trying to achieve. The following is a list of attributes which will help you to define your own wellness.
You Sleep Well.
In our hardworking culture, many times sleep is the first thing to get cut out of our schedules. We work jobs. We have to take care our families. We have obligations and errands that overload our schedules, and unfortunately we sometimes sleep less.
Sleep is essential to vibrant wellness. A good indicator of wellness is if you sleep a full night’s rest, and you sleep solidly through the night. This attribute alone will keep you feeling better through your hard days.
You are Mobile and Flexible.
Americans like to go to the gym and work out. Hopefully, you are one of the many people who fall into this category. When we work out though, what exactly is our goal? Bigger biceps? Six-pack abs?
While those last two things are certainly nice, the main goal of working out should be to be mobile and flexible throughout your life and into old age. As people get older, they tend to become less and less mobile and flexible. This deteriotes quality of life and wellness in a big way.
You are Energetic and Positive.
How many of us are not specifically sick, but we just are not energetic and positive? We feel sluggish and moody through our days. Instead of addressing some of the causes of these attributes, we simply grab another coffee or energy drink to get us through the day.
If you are well, you should be energetic and positive when you are awake. These attributes can be related to diet, to sleep, or to a number of other things. If you are not feeling this way, then you are not fully well.
You have Easy Digestion.
That subheading is a polite way of putting it. To be well you need to have regular and healthy bowel movements, no frequent vomiting, and no stomach pain or heartburn. If you have any of these things then you are not fully well.
You Breathe Easily and Clearly.
We have to breathe to live. Unfortunately due to air pollution and chronic illnesses, many of us have problems breathing well. Breathing should be effortless and clear of all obstruction. This is a vital attribute of wellness.
You have No Chronic Pain.
Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. In the short term, pain can be useful. Think: you put your hand on a hot stove. In the long term though, chronic pain can deteriorate our quality of life drastically. If you have chronic pain, then you are not totally well.
Wellness should be one of our major goals as individuals in life. It is important to understand when you are and when you are not well. Having a clear definition of what wellness is can help you to achieve this desirable state.