& Why it’s so Important
Written by Mituri Sharma
Health and in a broader sense, wellness takes many various forms for different people.
However, what few of us can deny is the importance of it which is why it is so important we spend a few minutes a day focussing on healing ourselves because:
- When we’re healthy, we’re happy which means everyone around us is happy!
- When we’re at our best, we achieve and work at our optimum.
- When we’re healthy, we feel and look the part which makes us live life to the fullest and enjoy everything this beautiful planet has to offer us.
No matter what you’re stance on the importance of me time, we can probably all agree that wellness is a combination of many factors in our lives that need to be in harmony.
Let’s do a test.
Find a quiet space and close your eyes right now. Go on, I’ll wait …
Now take a few minutes and start to ponder on what wellness means for you. After you’ve done this, read on.
If you’re anything like me, I consider wellness a fluid, seamless movement between my emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Each aspect buoys the other one when the required, or I find that I simply need to focus on one more than the other at any given particular moment.
When I did a search on the exact meaning of Wellness, I was happy to see that I wasn’t that far off the mark with this handy little definition by the National Wellness Institute.
On a personal level, wellness for me is closely tied to the integrated unity of my seven chakras. Basically, if I’m content in all areas, I believe that my wellness is at its optimum. But often however, this is easier said than done.
Wellness sound good but …
It isn’t always that easy to achieve. Let’s be honest with ourselves, positive thoughts and wellness often go hand in hand but there isn’t a simple roadmap to having them all the time!
There are many out there who scoff at the benefits and validity of the “positive thinking” concept but I always remember what my parents tell me every time I start feeling myself waver about its true efficacy – there’s no way positive thinking is going to harm me, right? So what’s the harm in thinking my life is great and that it will only get better? None.
Having said this, there are definite moves we can make in our life to help us think more positively, and in turn increase our wellness. It’s difficult to be positive about your future and overall health when you’re not feeling your best so here are some quick steps you can adopt today to give yourself more than a fighting chance.
I know it sounds simple enough but so many of us stray towards the easier, quicker option when it comes to crunch time (no pun intended!). McDonald's is such a fast, cheap option when you’re stressed out after your boss kept you back at the office. By the time you get home, it’s going to be nine, your children are going to be yelling while clutching their stomachs making proclamations of dying from starvation and to top it all off, your favourite show is about to start. I know, I know - been there, done that. You ease your pangs of guilt by saying you’ll start afresh next time, exactly what you said a week ago when the same crisis hit.
Organic Foods are a great way to make sure you and your families are getting the nutrition your bodies’ need - exactly the way Mother Nature intended. With a minimal amount of chemicals, pesticides and other nasties, Organic raw ingredients are a wonderful, no-fuss way to make sure you’re promoting wellness from within. Local health food outlets and Cooperatives not only make sure you gruellingly earned money is staying in your community, you’re also supporting hard-working individuals who are trying to work with Nature rather than against her.
What’s that metaphor again?
It takes 21 days to make a habit. Sure, cooking fresh may seem like hard work (because it is honestly) but like all good things, it’s worth it. Before you know it, that big yellow M on a red background is going to make your stomach churn. And all without those extra calories you didn’t invite along for the ride.
Use Natural Products on your Skin
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. What we put on it is rapidly absorbed into our system which means you want to be as closely aligned to our natural surroundings as possible. When you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside because beauty is not only skin deep, it’s a reflection of what you feel like inside.
Though our beautiful radiance has to do with many varying aspects, like enough sleep, a positive outlook, minimal stress and much more, our daily personal care regime is one of those easy fixes that require little (if any) brain juice and that’s got to be positive!
It’s no wonder that large multinationals such as Kora Organics, Aveda and Sukin are fast turning to a more organic way of life, it’s good for you. Companies such as ours have been tailoring our personal care and food ingredients around the organic concept for years for one main reason - we really do believe that using nature to heal our natural bodies is the best option human beings have.
As a word of caution, however, make sure you read the labels before you purchase, even larger corporations with big backing have got in trouble for not being as natural as they claim.
When will you start focussing on you?
The easy hints outlined in this article to help you on your Wellness journey are really just the tip of the iceberg. A starting point if you will. They are great baby steps to altering your and your loved one's lives for the better, a lifestyle change I would bet on you loving and never looking back on.
Do you have any other wellness tips you can share that have changed your life for the better? Let us know in the Comments section because sharing is caring, which is good for our health!