Be more than healthy, BE WELL! (Part 2)
Contributing Author: Lisa Lloyd
Last week, I wrote about focusing on wellness rather than overall health. As you may recall, wellness refers to a positive approach you take to living in order to enhance your quality of life and achieve your full potential. Wellness requires a balance among 8 broad areas:
Take a moment to reflect. How many healthy habits do you have? How many unhealthy habits? Ask yourself the following questions: “How do I feel when I get home at night, on the weekends, or when I wake-up in the morning? Am I overly tired? Do I feel aches and pains?” If you do feel overly tired and are suffering from physical ailments, then you may need to focus more on physical wellness. There are many strategies that you can use, including: Find a workout buddy; visit with your healthcare provider; integrate at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the day; learn how to eat healthier; turn your television and mobile phone off at night and get at least 8 hours of sleep. The list goes on and on. It’s important to remember that wellness is an active process that requires regular awareness. Translation – there is always room to improve, but to do so, you need to reflect on your wellness, educate yourself about how to become more well, ask for help (if and when you need to), and, like the Nike commercial simply says, “Just do it!”
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