Consider the following questions:
1) Do you take your wellness and health for granted until an injury, illness or serious chronic flares up?
2) Is your view of wellness black and white? Do you believe you are either well or well, sick or not sick?
3) Or do you react only when you become sick, experience pain or are diagnosed with something?
4) Do you consider and work on implementing daily preventive measures to mange your health and wellness over the long-term?
5) Do understand wellness as reflected only in your physical body or do you take a broader, more holistic perspective that might include mental health and emotional health?
If you answered “yes” to questions one, two and three it is possible that you are taking a limited view of your health and wellness, focusing only physical symptoms and taking the “quick-fix” route to feeling better. The challenge with this approach is that wellness is not black and white. Disease and illness are the physical manifestations we experience but the underlying causes may be the result of less tangible factors we may not see or feel in the moment.
The forth and fifth questions ask us to take a more holistic view of wellness. What we do each and everyday will impact us in the future. These questions lead to an exploration of wellness much deeper and more expansive then just the outward physical manifestations of our health.
Wellness is not merely the absence of disease, pain or illness. True wellness is a state of ease in the body, mind, heart and spirit.
True wellness is a journey and a process, not only to prevent illness and injury in our physical bodies, but also to heal the whole person.