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How is Your Wellness?

How is Your Wellness?
How is Your Wellness?

How is Your Wellness?

Wellness refers to the condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and healthy habits. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes. But do we know if we are really well? How do we tell?

The first place to start would be with the examination of your eating habits. Since we are a product of what we eat, if our eating habits are unhealthy, or do not provide for the nutrition we need, we’re not going to be as healthy individuals as we potentially can be.

Do you take in more calories than your body needs? Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances? If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t going to be as well an individual, as if you were taking care of all of these things. You may not look sick, you may not have any noticeable symptoms of ill-health, but you’re not as well of an individual as you could potentially be.

Next, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any. If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no complete wellness. Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise. It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!

What about the stress levels in your life? Do work in an environment with high levels of stress? Is your personal life a source of comfort or does it add to your stress levels? Do you engage in some form of stress-relieving activity? Stress is the number on contributor to heart attacks and strokes, since they manage to speed up the affect of the real culprits. Stress is basically an out of control situation for most adults today. We manage to schedule every moment of our free time, and leave ourselves with no time for quiet reflection, or time to deal with life’s unexpected emergencies.

Stress brings us to the next two topics of health abuse. Smoking and drinking are often used to offset the effect that stress has on our nervous system. These solutions however do not provide any real help. If you smoke, drink, or lose sleep in excess, you’re not as well of an individual as you could be. Smoking, drinking, and loss of sleep work to our detriment, and it takes extreme discipline to stop. Smoking fills our body with carcinogens, and works to keep us tired and lethargic.

Lastly, I would say that sleep is often the most underrated and overlooked part of an individual’s overall wellness. The average adult should be getting on average 8-hours of sleep nightly. Yet many adults will agree that they do not get the recommended average sleep nightly. Getting adequate amount of sleep on a regular basis can help you get sick less often, stay a healthy weight, lower your risk of serious health problems, reduce stress and improve your mood, allow you to think more clearly, and get along with people better. Not to mention the amazing benefits to your brain health and healing benefits to your entire body.

There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be well, healthy, individuals.

As a Certified Health and Wellness Coach I would love to work with you on a 1:1 basis for private health and wellness coaching. If you are interested in working together schedule a free coaching call with me today so we can discuss your health and wellness goals and how I can help you reach them!

Until Next Time!

Health & Happiness,

Shantell @ PNW Health and Wellness


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