In a recent survey, 79 percent of respondents said they thought wellness was important with 42 percent believing it to be a top priority. Experts estimate the global wellness market to be worth more than $1.5 trillion, with an annual growth of 5 to 10 percent.
Wellness is not just about staying physically fit or simply having the ability to keep illnesses at bay. Wellness covers lots of different dimensions. The skill is being able to keep all these balanced correctly so that our whole persona stays healthy.
Here are the key wellness dimensions and measures to keep us in state of wellness:
Wellness means we need to be proactive and responsible for our own behaviors. That’s not always easy because where and how we live can limit and affect our choices. Things that are out of control can sometimes make it tough to practice healthy habits.
The first important step to a healthier future begins by looking at our own lives. There’s no way that we can lead a full life unless we have a healthy mind, body and spirit. We also need to recognize that we have a connection with the world around us.
That all means that we need to act responsibly and practice fundamental, healthy lifestyle routines.
It’s important that we feed our bodies with nutritious food. This is good for both our bodies and our minds. Our brains work best when we eat high quality foods. That means consuming plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
We need to stay physically fit by taking plenty of exercise. 150 minutes per week might seem a lot but it’s worth the investment. We can break this down into several activities during the week.
We can often make easy changes to our lifestyle to fit more exercise in. This could be taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work or investing in a bicycle for a local commute.
Sleep is an important, often undervalued, part of our total health and wellbeing. A good night’s sleep is vital. That’s because it helps our body to repair itself so that we are fit and ready to go for another day.
Getting sufficient rest might also help stop heart disease. It can also prevent excess weight gain and minimize the length of any illness we might suffer from.
There are plenty of natural sleep aids we can use. Practicing mindfulness can help, especially at times when our minds are racing around and filled with stress.
Health practitioners in the UK, have long been prescribing mindfulness courses. They use them an alternative to traditional sleeping tablets. Mindfulness can help us relax and become more aware of our environment in a positive way.
It’s very important to take care of our relationships both at home and at work. We can help nurture them with love and compassion. That means looking after friends and neighbors.
We need to be sure that we have insight into how our actions can impact on others and on the planet as a whole.
Wellness sometimes means resetting our mindset. Rather than being reactive to disease, we can help prevent it happening in the first place. That all starts when we take steps to look after ourselves.
Our communities and their culture can both play into how we behave. For example, we may work for a business whose rallying cry is ‘profit above anything else.’
As a result, it’s possible we could become ruthless and behave in an unethical way. It’s very important that managers within companies or community organizations take the lead.
They need to set an example and demonstrate how wellness can be a driver in decision-making and core values.
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that wellness plays into general economic wellbeing. If we are all healthier, we are likely to be more productive and less likely to put more strain on already stretched traditional health services.
Wellness is something that is complementary to our healthcare systems. Governments are now beginning to realize that they need to put our health and wellbeing at the top of their agenda.
This means coming up with policies which determine whether we farm fresh food locally, for example. It can also mean investing in local public gyms, parks, and recreational facilities.
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