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What Would You Like to Learn About Wellness?

“It sounds like Wellness has a PR problem.” That’s what my Hubby said when I was talking about how people perceive the idea of Wellness.

Unfortunately, people seem to associate Wellness with sketchy supplements, essential oils, and unproven “cures” for various conditions. While dietary supplements or essential oils may be helpful for some people, that’s not what Wellness is all about.

Now I know this doesn’t apply to you. If you’ve been with me awhile, you know wellness is much more.

As we talked about in Wellness for Every Body, “UC Davis (1) defines wellness as “the process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” (2) The National Wellness Institute adds that “wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.

One of my certifying agencies, Precision Nutrition, (3) refers to this as Deep Health.

Whatever you call it, Wellness is multi-dimensional, and taking an integrated approach to our Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual health can help us live the fulfilling lives we want to live.

I usually try share things I think people need to know, or research I find interesting that can help people improve their health and wellness, but this week, I thought I’d ask you guys what YOU want to learn about wellness subjects.

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So…. Let’s have your questions, or suggestions for topics you’d like to learn more about. Please tell us what you would like to learn about Wellness below.

Blessings,

~Terri

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Sources:

(1) https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/what-is-wellness

(2) https://www.nationalwellness.org/?page/Six_Dimensions

(3) www.precisionnutrition.com

11 comments

  1. I would be interested in learning more about the environmental side of wellness. Also, the emotional side. It seems like physical and mental health are talked about a lot now, but not so much emotional health.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Michelle! Where environmental wellness is concerned, would you say you’re more interested in learning about environmental issues in general, making sure our environment supports our wellness goals, or both? I know – too many questions. It’s interesting you mentioned emotional health — I’ve had a blog post running around in my head for a week or so now; I just have to get it out of there. Thanks so much for your input. You’ll definitely be seeing some upcoming posts on these. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

  2. I think you are right about the term “wellness”. Having just come through a series of tests and doctor’s appointments, I am realizing that the bottom line for my well being is me. You do a good job of pointing that out Terri and encouraging patient involvement. The issues concerning me, right now, are post-menopausal, but I know that is a small portion of the population.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing VJ! I hope your tests are providing some answers. I know how frustrating it can be when the tests don’t really seem to tell the story of what’s going on in your body. Believe it or not, I’ve been doing a lot of research on post-menopause (mainly because I’m in the same boat) and have been considering doing a virtual workshop on learning to work with our post-menopausal bodies. Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Sending hugs your way!

  3. I agree with your hubby, wellness does have a bit of a PR problem when brands and even celebrities jump on the band wagon and lead to certain associations being attached to the whole nature of wellness.

    I personally LOVE the nature of wellness. I love how multi-faceted and holistic it is, incorporating different areas of our lives. Intellectual wellness doesn’t often get much attention, so I’d like to know more about that and how to boost it.

    For those who aren’t religious, like myself, or spiritual, these areas are taken away from the wellness pie chat (I imagine all these areas as a colour-coded section on a pie chart). For those who’ve lost friends, family, work etc due to illness, it can be a struggle to do anything about social sections or the feeling of fulfilment as a contributing member of society which we always seem to relate to having a job. In some cases, you can work on these areas by thinking outside the box, like socialising online or doing volunteer work/advocacy somehow instead of being employed. You can’t always do it, like you can’t do that if you’re not religious/spiritual. Do you think wellness can still be optimal without some of these sections?

    Caz xx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Caz! Like you, I also love the nature of wellness. It recognizes that all of who we are is interconnected, and what affects one area of our wellness also impacts others.

      As far as Spiritual Wellness is concerned, would it surprise you to know it isn’t just about religion? The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America defines it as “being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life, then using those principles to guide your actions.” I think their definition can broaden our concept of what Spiritual Wellness involves.

      For me personally, my life, and my wellness, were not complete without my relationship with Jesus. It seemed I was always searching for “something else” and being able to talk to God through prayer gets me through so many things. But that’s my personal experience.

      The beauty of Wellness is that we get to decide what dimensions we find important to our overall health and wellness. In fact, there are many different “Wellness Wheels” that include more or fewer dimensions than the one from SAMHSA that I typically use. So…. all that to say – Yes, I think some dimensions of wellness are more important to us depending on our make-up, and some people may be perfectly happy without addressing some of the dimensions we typically think of as part of the Wellness “pie”.

      Hope you’re doing as well as possible sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  4. This post is so true Terri. Wellness does not only involve exercising and nutrition, it also incorporates the mental aspect and the spirituality side of it as well. I think it’s all symbiotic, you can have one without the other to be truly whole.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Mark! It’s always interesting when you sit down and really think about how one area of wellness impacts others. We truly are wonderfully made! I hope you and your family are doing well. Blessings to you dear friend!

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