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There are many articles, bloggers, podcasts, etc… going around discussing “wellness” (us too). Urging you, “do this to increase your wellness”, “participate in this wellness exercise”, or “these supplements make you well!”. Understandably, it’s hard not to feel totally overwhelmed with the hype and information overload associated with wellness. The issue is, no one is really answering the question, “What does wellness mean?” because frankly, it differs from person to person.

 

A Naturopathic Physicians View

For me, as a naturopathic physician, I like to think of wellness as a state of integrity or a total alignment of mind, body, and spirit. This includes all aspects of the human experience. Typically, what we see is, if one piece is out of alignment, symptoms will show up in other parts of their life as well. For instance, if you have dysfunctional thoughts constantly circling in your mind, this may cause you to go down all sorts of rabbit holes of worry and doubt. As a result, we often see bodily symptoms show up in response, such as, rashes, poor sleep, indigestion, chronic pain, and the list goes on.

It’s a myth. Wellness doesn’t have to be costly

One of the things we often hear is that it’s expensive to partake in wellness. However, it doesn’t have to cost you anything. In fact, it’s likely costing you a lot more to be out of integration or alignment, because it can cause so many other things. Going to yoga or pilates classes, buying sage bundles or crystals, or by taking entire weekends/weeks/months off at wellness retreats are all great if that’s your jam, but it’s entirely up to you! The truth is, wellness doesn’t cost a thing.

Here are a few ideas to incorporate in your life (for FREE)
  • Walk outside
  • Listen to music that fills you up
  • Journal to help process your thoughts and emotions
  • Socialize with friends and loved ones (socially distant of course)
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat breakfast
  • Set attainable goals and meet them
  • Introduce mindful eating in to your routine
  • Practice silence (including tech)
  • Take free online yoga classes
  • Spend 10 minutes a week clearing clutter from your home (and life)
  • Donate your time (volunteer)
  • Treat yourself to an at home spa day with face masks, a bath, and relaxing music
  • Limit your screen time

 

Create your own version of wellness

The beauty of creating your own wellness, is the process of finding what works for you and determining what it means to you. Finding something that works for you to help you better align your mind, body, and soul/spirit is the best way to encourage creating wellness for your human experience, which can help you reach your goals and find balance.