I definitely did not mean to miss last week. It was a lot going on. My whole house, including myself, ended up sick in one way or another. So it was a challenging week because of trying to make sure the house stayed clean, on top of teaching and trying to maintain a balance.

But I’m back and feeling better! And that is actually I want to talk about today. I don’t necessarily want to talk about health and how to avoid sickness. We hear about that a lot, and are bombarded with the information. Rather, I want to talk today about the idea of wellness.

Wellness is defined as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I think that definition is so important. Wellness is not just physical. Wellness encompasses the whole body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Wellness is not being free from sickness. You can be sick and still be well. Wellness is working on and towards your goals so that you can be a better person overall. Wellness is being in the gym, taking walks, eating healthy food, reading books, meditating, taking baths, and so many other things. Wellness is the way that you take care of yourself, whatever that may look like.

For me, a big thing that I am focusing on this year is losing weight. I have a goal and a deadline I’m trying to meet. Theoretically, I could reach this goal by starving myself. But that is so unwell and not good for anyone. If I were to do that, I would lose a lot of muscle mass. I would achieve my goal, but I wouldn’t feel great about myself.

So here’s how I’m going about this. First of all, I’m working on getting back into the gym and being active every day. That may include just a walk or a bike ride around my neighborhood. It doesn’t mean the most intense workout every single day, but at the very least, moving my body and stretching. The second thing I’m working on is eating right and well. This doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out any food, but being mindful of what I put into my body. Mind my sugar and fat intake, and not always overindulging. A third thing that I am working on is keeping my sleep schedule in check. Sleep is so important to every facet of your life. So I know that a healthy sleep cycle will impact my wellness goals in a positive way. The fourth thing that I am doing is working on managing my stress. I know that when I am stressed, I don’t eat. That’s not good. Excessive amounts of stress also does weird things and screws up your whole body. So working to maintain your stress levels helps with your overall wellness. While I have a goal and deadline of when to lose weight by, it’s not completely about losing weight. It’s about maintaining overall wellness in all aspects of your life.

I think this is also why so many people tend to give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. They want to focus on health without focusing on wellness. So if they see themselves not meeting their goal, then they just give up. And I’m not trying to bash on anyone. I’ve been there. I get it. But I’ve also learned that the front obstacle is not the only one you’re going to encounter. If you only have one track to achieve your goal, then it has lower chance of success. But with the multi-faceted approach, not only can you (or I) hit the goal, but it is also easier to build habits to continue those goals.

I think also something that a lot of people don’t realize is that goals aren’t simply a finish line. They’re also a starting point for what comes next. So if you backslide, or you only reach the goal to be a finishing point, then it’s still going to leave you a little stagnant. But with the idea that wellness is holistic, then your health and wellness goals can be reached in a much better and easier way.

Wellness is about all of you. It’s about the things you can do to improve your body, mind, soul, and spirit. That was just one example I gave. But that one example isn’t just about my body. It’s about all of me. It makes things better for me in the future. And that’s what I’m trying to focus on this year. I want things to be well. And hopefully you do too. Take the steps you need to to get things done in your way and in the best for you.

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