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.
MY EMOTIONAL ME
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.
LOVING THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
BE HAPPY IN YOUR WORK
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.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
The happy work/life experience extends to your neighbours. Good neighbourliness brings out a smile at least. It reminds me of the old fashioned days when front doors used to be unlocked and ladies used to pop into my grandmother’s kitchen for a cup of butter – yes, they only had butter in those days, today we have fat-free, poly-unsaturated margarine and canola oil – or my grandmother would take over a pot of home-made soup.
We knew nothing about organic living and cooking and wellness in those days but today Sue is still endeavouring to match the excellence of the old lady’s original vegetable and barley soup. At least it’s all organic and it tastes delicious too.
This is where our expertise lies, I guess, but I’m only going to be talking about it briefly to fit the context and mood of this post which I hope you have been enjoying thus far. To be brief, physical wellness entails doing your daily exercise, keeping active physically, eating all the right foods and sleeping for those minimum of eight hours a night I told you about in an earlier post. Gosh, I’m hungry. In a healthy sort of way, of course.
Look out for Sue’s next post. She’s going to be spending time with you in her kitchen. Mmm, I can’t wait, can you? Physical wellness also means listening to your body, particularly when it’s feeling low in the sense that your stress levels have let you down and it’s affected some or another part of your body. Feeling ill means seeing to it right away, visiting your doctor at the earliest convenience rather than trying to solve your problems like the old maids of old used to do so ineptly.
Being physically active by way of your daily exercise routines brings out the best in everyone on a spiritual level. It costs nothing to explore your inner self and endeavour to understand your place in this material, non-organic world and the possibilities that lie beyond it when your physical life has come to an end in this world. Spiritual wellness does not mean you have to be utterly and staunchly religious but I have read in some circles that it can help.