Now more than ever mainstream media is hammering viewers with the message to get healthy now, live well and live long. Many are striving to live and be well today, but don’t know how to get there, especially with the barge of wellness tips and products everywhere!
Feeling overwhelmed about how to be well, don’t stress, its a common feeling.
Wellness describes your overall current health status. Don’t let the buzz words and media mania get you down. You can hone in to you and find your wellness barometer. Are you feeling overwhelmed because your doctor advised you to get in shape? Do you feel fit or healthy enough for your partner or compared that lean-mean-muscle-machine that stood next to you in the coffee shop today. Let’s not forget to mention that crazed health nut – the one bouncing into work every morning with a positive attitude and a sunny bright smile that won’t quit. Each time see you him or, you immediately stoop to feeling frumpy and decrepit, and if you weren’t discouraged earlier, you’re completely depressed now. Everyone everywhere is on the wellness wheel rolling forward and you’re at a stand still, both feet stuck in cement. “Start exercising, eat better” your mind shouts and reverberates off the skull bones in your head. But you just can’t. You can’t because you don’t know where or how to start. And maybe you’d like to lose 10-20 pounds before going out in public in workout clothes. Either way, your fear is mucking up your way to wellness.
Wellness StepsBeing well and living wellness is more than just looking good. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it tells the truth of what is going on inside. For example, if your skin is dry and patchy, you could be dehydrated or missing vital nutrients, an indication that your body is stressed. If you have rash or eczema, you could be having an allergic reaction to something on your skin or a food or drink you ate, or suffering from nervous tension. After you’ve taken care of the physical symptoms, learning to relax and do loving things for yourself is the first move towards wellness.
1- Don’t compare yourself to others, only you walk in your shoes, not them. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile at who you see. It’s YOU! Say “I love you” each time you look into a mirror and say it directly to your eyes.
2 – Make a list of goals for getting healthy and well. Pick only ONE of these goals to tackle first and celebrate your accomplishment when the goal is reached. Only then, do you move to the next one on your list.
3- When working on your goal, take baby steps and be kind to your self every step of the way. If your goal is to ride a bike regularly, and you off the bike, dust yourself off and say, okay, let’s do it again. Same with your schedule, dust it off and get back at it. Look how many years it took to get to your current fitness condition or weight, so give yourself ample time to take it off.
No matter what anyone says – just start moving one step at a time, one day at time, it’s the path to wellness.