According the the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal “Wellness is a conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.” This clear and concise definition highlights how improving our health begins first with a decision in our minds. Then, we must make and implement specific steps that will lead to greater health and healing.
A BALANCE OF HEALTHY HABITS
But, what exactly constitutes a healthy lifestyle? Here is a good balance of habits:
- Getting enough sleep (7 – 8 hours a night).
- Doing moderate exercise 4-5 times a week (20-30 minutes).
- Eating healthy nutrition (80% organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, and 20% grass fed beef, pasture raised chicken, and wild caught small fish).
- Hydrating properly (drinking 6-8 eight ounce glasses of purified water daily).
- Staying productive and making a contribution.
- Participating in meaningful activities that bring you a sense of joy and satisfaction.
- Enjoying supportive relationships with people who are positive, caring and kind (and avoiding negative people as much as possible).
- Incorporating some form of daily spiritual practice that fosters a sense of inner calm, relaxation and release of stress.
Wellness is holistic in its approach. It views a person as a physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social being. Significant research points to many health and healing benefits as we become aware of and attend to each of these areas in a balanced way. The beauty of God’s design is that the human body is self-healing and self-repairing if we give it what we needs. And when we feel better, our mental and emotional outlook improves, too!
This new year, we can all take an inventory of where we might make smarter and healthier choices. To help ensure success, write down your goals and consider sharing your plan with someone who cares for you and can help you stay on course. It’s been shown that buddying up is the surest way to make positive and lasting changes in our lives.
Remember: Your health is an investment, not an expense! Here’s to living Healed, Healthy and Whole!