What is wellness?
According to the World Health Organisation, wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The National Wellness Institute defines it as a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential, and that wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment as well as being positive and affirming.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life,is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth and something we should all strive to achieve.
At Biba , we are very much aware of the importance of achieving overall wellness because it is crucial to achieving a higher quality of life. One of the core values at Biba is to inspire you to be well in your Mind , body and soul .This has been the underlying theme of all the posts on this blog / website.
Your mind is that part of you that gives you the ability to think, feel and reason. It is your intellect and what makes you aware of things.
Without going into the confusing detail of whether your brain and mind is the same, I will simply put that your brain is part of your body (it has a physical tangible form) and acts as the central processing unit of your body. It plays the very important role of translating the content of your mind (your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, memories and imagination) to actionable information.
Achieving mind wellness involves disciplining and training your mind to be present and focused as this determines the quality of your health and well being.
Below are ways you to improve your mind wellness.
- Practice mindfulness…… be mindful. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us- Mindful.org
- Learn something new. Learn a new skill, a new language, a new game, play a musical instrument …….the options are many. This improves your capabilities and is good exercise for your brain and improves your emotional wellness and gives you a fresh perspective on life, new challenges improve our mind wellness.
- Breathe…especially when feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Breathing has a profound effect on our mood as well as improving our focus. For good results you should close your eyes to avoid distraction from external stimulants and then breath in and exhale…. progressively increase the minutes you spend doing this breathing exercise.
Take care of your body, Feed it well and right and keep it moving so that you are both healthy and fit. Your body is like computer hardware, your mind and spirit as software or think of it as the carrier / house for your mind and spirit. Therefore, if the hardware is not functioning properly, the software can not run.
As a christian, I actually take the well being of my body very seriously because the bible in 1 Corinthians 6:19 states that my body is God’s temple. Imagine how you would feel if you visited someone and the home / host was dirty, smelly, infectious and not a reflection of themselves…. you wouldn’t want to stay there long and you might probably never come back to visit.
You can achieve body wellness by
- Detox your body by doing regular cleanses like liver and colon cleanses to get rid of the toxins we ingest or come in contact with in our day to day living.
- Have a healthy diet plan by eating more of clean natural whole foods as opposed to highly processed / refined foods.
- Move your body….. find a fitness plan that suits your lifestyle and interests. Join a fitness club or gym, buy DVDs or download fitness apps or videos, run / jog, dance or do anything for as long as you you keep moving.
Soul / Spirit Wellness
We are not human beings minus a spirit and a soul, we would be something else.
Science and other non religious disciplines refer to our spirits as energy or vibrations. I believe that the real me is a spirit and that it lives on even after I am dead and that my body is merely a container that carries it. Not to say that the body is less important but that my spirit / soul needs my body to live in, so I must take care of my body well for my spirit to continue living in it………confusing huh ?? Don’t even ask me the difference between a spirit and a soul, I will leave that to the experts, for the purposes of this blog I will use the two words interchangeably.
To achieve Spirit wellness, you should adopt the following practices:
- Pray – Prayer is an acknowledgement of your limited power and abilities, that you are not all sufficient and that you are letting go and surrendering to a higher power. You let go and acknowledge the supremacy, might , power, grace and love of God. Prayer is communion with God, it is having a conversation with God, it is exercising your faith and trust in God, believing He is everything. Prayer takes practice and a connection to God , so keep at it, if you don’t know how find a prayer to recite and mean it or say your own words or look for prayers in the Bible especially in the book of Psalms……..just pray.
- Meditate – This is one area that I am still learning to do and many times left me very conflicted and confused. See, I used to practice yoga for fitness and if you have practised it before, you cannot separate yoga for exercise from the religion – Hindu. Being a christian this left me feeling very conflicted and I eventually abandoned the practice. I have tried to find good practical and structured guidance on meditating the Christian way and have so-far failed. When I find it I will be sure to share. My confusion and conflicts aside, Meditation is basically contemplation, thinking deeply about something in silence or it can just be sitting quietly to calm your mind. I will write a more detailed post on meditation later.
- Fellowship – This basically means a friendly association between people who share common interests, it could be believers of the same faith, ( depending on your faith / belief system). We commune for encouragement, learning, growth and support. It keeps us on the faith journey and helps our spiritual well being.
I do hope that I have improved your knowledge on the subject of wellness a little bit.
I must say that I am neither a wellness expert nor have I obtained any certification in the area. However, I would like to reassure you that it is an area that interests me very much and I am very passionate about the subject. Additionally I will be drawing from my experiences on the different dimensions of wellness and I promise to research well my topics before publishing it here.
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