Wellness is the new "diet." It’s the new buzzword attracting health gurus and enthusiasts by the masses. However, most of us are still left confused, distracted, and frankly, a little uninspired by what we’ve come to discover. Anyone can claim that they are incorporating wellness. We can all sprinkle the word around like a Houston afternoon rain shower but, it does not mean any of us truly know what wellness is, let alone how to embody it throughout our day-to-day.
As defined by Webster’s dictionary (yes, we are going there), wellness means “the state of being in good physical and mental health.” This definition is solid. It grasps the foundational concept and motive behind wellness. However, it also lacks the holistic perspective wellness intrinsically encourages. Wellness does not stop with physical and mental health. It embodies the emotional and energetic bodies for balanced processing on every level. Wellness promotes reduced anxiety and stress levels as well as sustained energy output – which cannot occur by solely focusing on the physical and mental bodies.
Another key characteristic of wellness that is often bypassed is in its approach. Similar to the diet-fad, wellness is purposeful. It is intentional and often requires focus, persistence, and commitment. However, unlike the diet craze, wellness is a way of life. It is not something we can try on and then put back on the rack. When we commit to taking care of our whole being, we cannot reverse the hypothetically-tattooed agreement. Of course, there will be days where embodying well-rounded wellness is more challenging and we make decisions counterintuitive to the definition but, this does not mean we are not engaging in wellness.
Wellness is not just a practice; it is a state of mind.
This concept is imperative to gain clarity around because we can only truly begin to implement wellness best practices if we first understand what wellness means. Although it seems straightforward, it definitely epitomizes one of our favorite clichés: easier said than done.
Now, once this wellness concept is embraced, we, as health advocates, can truly begin to refine our wellness routines. Which guides us straight to this article’s secondary intention:
What are some meaningful and practical ways to enhance your wellness lifestyle?
Wellness is a practice and a process. It takes frequent adjustments and refinement to find what works best for you, your schedule, and your body. This does not mean wellness is unreachable but rather the opposite. Wellness is a lifelong road of discovery and growth.
And when you’re ready to embark on this path, Urban Fit Yoga will be waiting to support you every step of the way. Whether it’s through our workshops, massages, or any of our Houston yoga classes, Urban Fit Yoga’s mission is to help you reach your highest potential. You can begin a life of true wellness in any moment. All this journey requires is a “yes” to yourself and taking action!
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