Wellness is a holistic concept that encompasses our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is not just about being healthy or happy, but about finding balance and harmony in all aspects of our lives. The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health”. Wellness is not something that one just has or doesn’t have, it’s about those important choices that we make for our own health and happiness.
Wellness can help us cope with stress, boost our immune system, enhance our creativity and productivity, and foster positive relationships with ourselves and with others around us. Wellness can also help us achieve our goals and dreams and to live with purpose and passion.
There are many ways to practice wellness, and they may vary depending on our individual needs and preferences. However, some common elements of wellness are:
These are just some examples of wellness activities that can benefit us in different ways. The key is to find what works for us and make it a habit. Wellness is not a destination, but a journey that we can enjoy every day.
Wellness Retreats can be extremely helpful in kickstarting our wellness activities and giving us time and space to turn attention to ourselves. In order to know how we can improve our own wellness, we might need to slow down and listen to our own needs and wishes first. On a retreat, it’s often easier to start creating new, healthier and happier habits when we’re out of the everyday life chores and routines, and in a group with like-minded people.
Until next time, stay well and happy!