Why is wellness important? Wellness is important because if we want to function successfully in the world we need to be well. If we want to achieve goals, we need all seven areas of health to be well maintained because if any one is diminished, the others suffer too. I’ve had it several times where my finances have been in disarray and that’s affected my performance at work. I’ve come home from work and argued and had a beer instead of going to the gym and eating a healthy dinner. That cycle then perpetuates exponentially unless you get a grip of it. It’s almost as if we have these seven glasses in front of us and if any one goes below a certain level, all the others begin to empty rapidly. If we know these we can monitor them and if any one is dropping, put things in place to stop the slip. Each one of us is different but we should all know the triggers that cause the slip. For example, you may know that if your bank account goes below £1000, you’ll start to panic. You may know that if you miss the gym for three weeks on the bounce, you’ll likely quit. You get the picture? Then you need to know what to do about it. So let’s have a look at the seven areas of health which make up wellness.
1. Physical Health
Our body is the machine which moves us from A-B through life. If it fails early then so do we. Therefore we want to keep it as well-oiled and serviced as possible. We also want to keep as injury-free as possible and the way we do that is through a comprehensive fitness program. I’m not talking about body building in the gym as that’s not strictly in the bodies best interest although we should really include muscular strength and endurance training into our routines. Again, we don’t all expect to be on the cover of fitness magazines so think about maintaining your body, not someone else’s. Also, get outdoors for your fitness as much as possible as you’ll then be aiding your mental and spiritual health too as nature is a proven remedy to depression.
2. Mental Health
Mental Health is something I can talk about with some authority. I was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2015 and still suffer from it today. It comes in many forms but is always hidden. The individual mostly appears normal until a trigger occurs and then everything changes. Even within PTSD there are a multitude of sub-styles. Some will have flash-backs and nightmares, others will be angry and paranoid, often there can be multiple symptoms at the same time. However in my experience, mental health issues can be managed and reduced to minimal impact. 99% of the time you wouldn’t think there was anything up with me but the 1% really lets you know. The point being, you may be born with characteristics of mental health issues but you’re not born with the full-blown illness. That is evidenced by the fact that it peaks and troughs even in the worst of cases. Therefore we need to learn to manage the symptoms and that comes with first acknowledging and then seeking help. In my case, I chose not to use medication as I felt that was treating the symptom rather than the cause. My medication instead is talking about it and being out in nature as much as possible. My methods worked for me and I believe they can work for you too.
3. Nutritional Health
We talked about maintaining a healthy body, well that includes fueling it correctly too. How do you eat healthily? Well you consider the source of the food, how processed it is and how much of it you are eating. Again 3 Steps 2 Freedom covers nutrition in depth but ultimately, the body requires certain amounts of vitamins and minerals per day in order to function properly and it needs at least 2 litres of water a day to hydrate it. Why is nutrition important to wellness? It allows you to perform optimally at your daily tasks. It gives you the energy, the clarity and the strength to achieve goals. If diminished, we become sluggish, we get snappy and we don’t sleep properly. Just think about how you feel the day after a booze session? Exactly.
4. Medicinal Health
This refers to both what happens when you get injured such as knowing basic first aid and also what you can do to prevent yourself getting ill in the first place. Many pharmaceuticals are over used but are necessary after injury whereas homeopathic remedies can be used as a prevention. It is really important to understand how you can keep yourself healthy. For example, what are the benefits of ginger? What are the benefits of lavender? These are things we need to know.
5. Social Health
Humans are social creatures, we are tribal and require social stimulation in order to maintain wellness. Why are relationships important for wellness? That’s because we need partnerships but we also need the right ones. Think about how you’ve felt when you’ve been in the wrong relationship or when a relationship breaks down? We need to understand how past relationship and love traumas affect our overall wellness too as they do. Having been blown up in Afghanistan and feeling physical pain and also having my heart broken, I can tell you which one hurt the most. So we need to understand where our past traumas have come from and deal with that, and then surround ourselves with the right social groupings in order to improve wellness.
6. Financial Health
Now we look at the additional areas of wellness, first being money and finance. Is wealth a wellness factor? Yes of course. Being in debt can have a huge impact on our wellness. Therefore we need to create a firm financial foundation and then live with temperance when it comes to money. Don’t overspend and that comes down to what we teach about the difference between needs and wants. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones, instead reward yourself when you reach financial objectives.
7. Spiritual Health
Finally we look at spiritual health. Is spirituality connected to wellness? Yes and that is because for thousands of years humanity has held strong spiritual beliefs and they have been connected to nature. However we have become separated from nature in recent years and instead been gripped by consumerism and false idols. Do you think a rose ever gets a complex or a cow gets envy? No because they are in harmony. We can connect back to nature very easily and it can be as simple as sitting in a park under a tree. We don’t have to join organised religion either, we can explore our own spirituality in order to gain wellness.
So as you can see, the areas of wellness are all very interconnected and we need to pay attention to all because if one slips, the whole pack of cards comes crashing down. We must pay special attention to individual wellness and group wellness. Think about it, one of your team mates at work if suffering in some way and then under performs at work, that then affects your wellness and so on. We are all in this together and we at Nomad on-line Wellness coaching are here to lead the way.
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