Health and Wellness
Health and wellness has become a hot topic in recent years. From yoga classes to trendy new diets, everyone seems to be on the hunt for the next big thing. Everybody seems to be a health and wellness expert these days. But what do people really mean when they say that?
Health and wellness are actually two different things.
“Health – is a state of complete mental and physical condition.”
“Wellness – is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential for a more successful existence.” Yes, both are extremely important and go hand in hand together.
So let me explain what health and wellness means to me.
You can have heath without wellness and vice versa. I truly believe that you should be looking at health and wellness within oneself and beyond oneself. I can’t live a healthy life without having a healthy planet. That means that I need to be conscious of the chemicals I use in my home, foods I feed to my family, clothes we put on our bodies and the makeup on our faces. Not just the physical parts of health but the spiritual parts of wellness also.
Spiritual wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. The intentions we are putting out into the universe and how it is affecting those around us. To me, when I practice these it doesn’t mean that I am mentally and physically healthy, but that the whole ecosystem is thriving. When I do my part to make the ecosystem thrive – it makes me feel that the elements inside myself are also thriving. Now the universe and I are vibin’!
How do I become the change?
I have been learning more about my effects on the planet and it has caused me to change how I do many things as individual and as a mother. From choices like consuming fewer products, eco-friendly products and to stop using plastic. Choosing not to buy chemicals that eventually will make it back into the water system or knowing that my makeup is cruelty-free. It also leads me to buying organic foods not only because the pesticides they use on traditionally grown food is bad for us, but it also affects the eco-system around these farms. Also, how I parent my children. I feel it is important to raise this awareness in them to awaken their spiritual well-being and how to be kind to our planet. This is sometimes a hard task when you are raising 3 children and thus has dubbed me the nickname “hippie mom.”
I believe health and wellness should be a conversation on a much larger scale. Maybe we can start talking about how we can make a difference. We are part of a bigger ecosystem that affects the planet and the people in much greater ways.
What does health and wellness mean to you? How do you practice health and wellness?