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# Wellness


Even I have to do my homework on this invigorating subject. It is not a taxing one because it really excites me and nothing pleases me more than sharing my enthusiasm for striving towards one hundred percent wellness in our lives. We are not there yet. Nor are we likely to get there. The human remains a fallible creature and will always be prone to making mistakes even at the best of times. There will always be temptations to break with discipline, given how accustomed we all became to our twenty-first century lifestyles, still filled with far too many unwholesome and unhealthy, and even unhappy habits.

Let me just say that I am as layman as you are. I had to rely elsewhere on trying to compose some qualified pointers on what wellness really means. I tend to get emotional at times, just ask Sue, and when it comes to speaking and blog posts, I habitually turn to my healthy heart to emphasise my point. I have no alternative but to continue with that tradition. I feel well in doing this. After I’ve given you my brief, informal impression on wellness, I’m going to be breaking down the rest of this post into sub-headings and highlighting wellness concepts and/or philosophies not often spoken about loudly in physical fitness and healthy kitchen, gardening or whatever circles.

My take on wellness is that it is an all-encompassing attitude towards one’s personal life. And in approaching it in a positive manner it extends to other branches of one’s life. Take Sue and me for instance. I honestly believe that many of the healthy things we’ve managed to achieve, the personal achievements we’ve enjoyed in the last few years, would not have been possible if we were not considerate and supportive towards each other.


Long before I even met Sue, I was a highly strung and highly stressed man. I was a nervous wreck. I cannot tell you what I got up to in order to try and de-stress myself. Apart from being embarrassed, I have to point out that this is essentially a family-friendly blog. Wellness includes and, in fact, emphasises stress reduction techniques which evolve from natural health practices – see Sue’s earlier post on natural health – physical exercise and eating the right foods.


All those years ago, the average American used to mock and ridicule the so-called hippies. Now, I’m not including their indulgences, it’s not something I believe in, in any case, but what I can also say is that the serious adherents were very much in community with nature. The so-called flower power people, also still called tree huggers today, really loved and cared for the environment. Ironically, it is only today that many of us are doing what they were already doing in the sixties and seventies before they were truly ostracised and condemned to the margins of mainstream and, as it turns out, destructive society.


Before I met Sue I was a clerical clock-watcher par excellence. I could not wait for that clock to strike five and knock off and go off to do my favourite unmentionable things. I hated my job and the slow hours that seemed to drag on forever. Today, we often amaze ourselves. Whether we’re doing something together, working alone, or busy in our respective careers, we just can’t believe how quickly the day goes by. This has nothing to do with the phenomenal associations with ageing but more to do with a healthy mind being occupied throughout the day. More importantly, it has much to do with enjoying the things you do.

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# Wellness


We had a row. This, my friends, is a rare occurrence. In fact, our editor observed this about us. She happened to think out aloud that she had never heard us raise our voices to each other. It happens when you are happy and healthy. You have more patience with your co-habitants and you have self-confidence in your personal abilities to project yourself positively and affirmatively towards others when such occasions arise.

Most of those occasions would happen in the workplace. At best, discussions and debates around the boardroom table are lively affairs. They should be, otherwise how could progress be made otherwise. Also, it is quite human to have disagreements every once in a while although it remains an ironic preoccupation for me that most of the time these arguments are quite petty. But granted, it was not the case for us in this instance, many a petty argument has arisen out of bottled up feelings of resentment that had been festering for far too long.

Another observation our editor made about us, sorry Steve, I have to get this off my chest, is that Steve is far too emotional at times while I appear to lean on the more pragmatic and practical side of life. But to his credit, Steve believes in treating everyone fairly and giving merit where and when it is due. In his fairness, he said to me the other day that it was my turn to write a post for you. The subject and theme had already been decided on – forming a wellness strategy.

Being a practical-minded woman, I suggested to Steve that he read research and write the post instead. After all, it was he who broached the subject in an earlier post while I merely introduced this line of thought when giving my brief definition on health. So, here I am. I have to propose a way forward in putting together a wellness strategy. The strategy must include everything from your daily eating habits to how you perform your exercise routines and basically how you conduct yourself generally in life.

No expert on the theoretical and scientific aspects of wellness, I found mostly corporate-orientated strategies which, I felt, weren’t going to work much for us today. So, being the practical-minded person that I am, I decided to give you a motivational post instead. If I’m not very much mistaken, it is fair to say that my days are mostly successful ones because I plan them well in advance. But I am also the first to acknowledge, in all humility, that I do not always have the ready answers for solutions to problems.

And that is where Steve comes in handy most of the time. Most of the time he is giving me hearty motivation and encouragement. Good planning needs quite a bit of introspective thought. Pen and paper should accompany these early pre-planning stages so that you can jot down anything that makes sense to you or happens to knock you out of your seat in a profound way. A good mental planning approach can be accompanied by a checklist.

By assuming that you are of at least average health, age and weight, let us quickly compose a draft plan. There will be no plan B, only forward thinking and a lot of proactive action. You have your notepad and favourite pen handy by now. Now you need both a diary and a journal. The diary will be used to schedule important appointments and events related directly to your wellness strategy and plan of action.

The journal will be used to record your personal, innermost thoughts on how you are feeling each day and each step of the way. The very first step in your wellness exercise will be a visit to your general practitioner. Let us assume that he gives the usual clean bill of health treatment but also with the regular battery of warnings such as losing weight and cutting down on junk food and smoking. At this stage, you already know that there is no such thing.

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