Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to living a higher quality of life.
The definition of wellness given by the World Health Organisation is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
Now we all know that it is very important to take care of ourselves this is not something new, but what is new are the terms that we currently use to describe or explain the fact that we should look after our general health. So is Wellness New Age or Age Old?
‘Feeling well or ‘Wellness’ is very important because everything we do, every decision we make and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In Life our actions and emotions are directly effected by our well-being, so the decisions we make and how we react to a situation depend on how we are feeling at that time.
So much of what we read about ‘Wellness’ in articles is often described as ‘new age’, when the therapies and practices they refer to are thousands of years old. So should it be ‘ Wellness – New Age Old Age or Age Old?.
The so called ‘New Age’ ideas of ‘Mindfulness and Wellness’ have been practised for thousands of years. Studies have shown that there is a link between mindfulness and wellness. Being aware of how we are feeling, and knowing how to deal with it can and will improve our health. We all experience stress in our everyday life, and emotional wellness is very important in helping us cope effectively with that stress.
It is very important to pay attention to ourselves ( as selfish as this may sound), for both our physical and mental wellbeing. We need to insure that we ‘Make and Take’ time to relax, and to become aware of our stress signals, to develop the inner resources we need so that we can learn and grow from experiences. It gives us the space to handle whatever surprises life may bring our way ( because not all of them are bad), in fact so many of them are wonderful, sometimes we just worry too much about doing or getting things right – remember – it is right, it is ‘YOUR’ right.
Words such as Prana, Garshana and Dosha, form part of one of the World’s oldest holistic, natural healing systems. You will no doubt have read in numerous beauty columns about the ancient Indian philosophy of Ayurveda, which incorporates breathing exercises, yoga, oil massage, it advises on which foods to eat, herbal teas to drink, and lifestyle changes to make that will enhance the quality of your life.
This is just one system that reminds us that we should ‘Live in the Moment of Now’, yesterday is past and tomorrow no matter how long we live and no matter how long we wait for it, will never come. What does exist is right here, right now and there is no better time to take a deep breath, relax and put your worries on the back-burner. They may return but at a different time and when you are in a better frame of mind to handle them, remember to tell yourself often that you are doing a good job.
Make Time For Yourself
In this busy World where we have to juggle, Home life, Work Life, and everything else that pops-up in between. Where it is not always possible to go to the Gym and take that Yoga or Spinning class that would help you unwind. It is still possible and vitally important to ‘Take and Make’ that ‘Me Time’ that we all need in our lives, for our Health and Well-being.
A Candle and a Bath
One very simple way to do this is to have a relaxing bath, fill the tub, and add some of your favourite bath products. Light a scented Candle or two or three, well it is your ‘Time’ and you can light as many as you like. Choose a relaxing, calming fragrance such as Lavender or Citrus these scents work wonders at lowering stress levels and helping you unwind. Lavender can be used to reduce tension, it can also help you drift off to sleep. Lemon and other citrus fragrances also help improve concentration and have calming properties.
So at the end of a long and stressful day, make it easy for yourself to ‘Find & Take’ time just for for you.
We have all heard this slogan at sometime or another and it may seem like a cliché, but ‘You Are Worth It’.