In the media, we often hear the conversation, “What’s the latest wellness trend?” The ‘trend’ concept of wellness suggests that it’s a movement for the moment that could drift depending on external forces or swing along an irregular course.
Actually, the more important conversation is, “How to create a wellness lifestyle for a higher quality of life.” This would elevate the conversation from what’s fashionable, or faddish, to a dialogue about a dedicated way of life. In turn, this would elevate wellness to a driving force of human existence.
In this age of self-care, living with intention and well-being, more and more people are shifting their thinking to wellness. According to the National Wellness Institute (NWI):
“Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”
Furthermore, the NWI interprets wellness as a conscience, self-directed choice that’s multi-dimensional and holistic, positive and self-affirming.
The widely accepted paradigm of wellness comprises:
- Physical – maintaining a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, and good lifestyle practices.
- Intellectual – being open to new ideas, experiences, and learning.
- Professional – being engaged, stimulated, and satisfied with your work.
- Emotional – understanding your stress and the ability to cope, problem-solve, and manage our emotions.
- Social – having healthy relationships and networks with family, friends, and others.
- Spiritual – having moral values, forgiveness, empathy, and gratitude.
When we evaluate the wellness constructs, there may be gaps that we identify in our lives. Identifying these gaps can help us determine where we may need to put in some extra effort. And it’s an ongoing process, not a ‘trend’.
The focus on wellness is of paramount importance. Every action, reaction, or emotion reflects our overall wellness. When these components exist in our life, then we begin to experience a higher quality of life.