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Total Wellness Is Up to You – It’s Your Responsibility

It can seem an odd concept for some, that we are responsible for the wellbeing of our own minds and bodies.  Somewhere along the road we seem to have lost sight of personal responsibility and overall health and wellness.  Many of us are quick to assign blame to everyone and everything other than ourselves for our own unhealthy lifestyles and habits. 

Why Should You Be Concerned with Total Wellness?

Healthy people live longer, for one.  Also, when you are being responsible with your total wellness, your body has more ammo to fight off illnesses and diseases.  Your mental health is capable of handling the day-to-day stressors that sometimes fly in from all angles; home, relationships, family, work, school, etc. 

The real question here is why wouldn’t you be concerned with your total wellness?

How to Take Control of Your Physical Wellness

  1. Know Your Reason.  Without a reason, goals simply get pushed to the wayside.  For some, the reason may be to be around for grandkids and retirement.  For others, the biggest reason might be something completely different.  Whatever the reason, use is at fuel to pursue your total wellness plan. 
  • Construct a Physical Wellness Plan.  You’ll want to be completely honest with yourself and set goals you feel are achievable by sustainable means.  Crash diets and the latest exercise trends aren’t always the best route, and often lead to guilt when the goals aren’t met. 

Write your goals down and examine them closely.  Then design a reasonable plan to get there.  Something you believe will remain for the long-haul.  Physical wellness isn’t simply about achieving a certain weight; it’s also about maintaining ideal weight.

  • H2O.  Drink up!  Water is good for you!  Your body needs water to function properly.  You’ll also want to drink extra water when you are going to be out in the heat or exercising.  
  • Get Enough Quality Sleep.  Taking care of your body means giving it rest too!  Put away the electronics and turn off the TV.  Make sure you’re getting quality sleep, or it pretty much defeats the purpose.
  • Make Healthy Choices.  Look, “diets” comes and go.  Don’t make the mistake of going into this as a temporary fix.  This is a long-term commitment and your physical health is worth it. 

You don’t have to incorporate an all-or-nothing mindset either.  Just do your best to make the healthiest food choices for yourself regularly and leave the sugary treats for occasional times.

  • Get Active.  Exercise is important, but you don’t have to limit your thinking to just a gym or group exercise classes.  There are countless ways to incorporate an active lifestyle, even in the busiest lives.  Bike riding and walking are actually modes of transportation for some.  If the budget is tight and equipment is an issue, use your own weight as resistance. 

How to Take Control of Your Emotional Wellness

  1. Learn to say “No”.  This is a busy world, there’s no doubt about it.  And it’s hard to say no when someone is asking for help.  You can though, and you should.  Especially if their request will put you in a bind or cause undue stress. 

In fact, by saying yes you aren’t doing either one of you a favor.  The results will probably come out substandard and you’ve overcommitted, taking on additional stress. 

  • Don’t Negotiate with Negativity.  Speaking of stress… get rid of the negativity in your life.  This is your life.  You have the power to allow or disallow someone to take part, or at least be a big enough part to cause stress.  This includes family. 

We don’t know how many days we have on this planet; wasting a single one biting your tongue around Negative Nancy spewing her relentless pessimism and horrendous attitude is fruitless.

  • Practice Self-Care.  All work and no play is definitely no fun.  Make sure to take some time just for yourself.  Self-care isn’t indulgent, it’s necessary.  Love yourself enough to spend time with yourself.  Replenish and recharge your emotional energy with self-care activities.
  • Ask for Help.  Look, you don’t have to do this all alone.  Sometimes we just need someone to talk to or bounce an idea off of.  Other times, when we feel our emotional stability will self-combust and reign down on everyone we know and love, it might be time to call in the professionals.  Counseling works wonders when you find a therapist with whom you are confident in and trust.
  • Don’t Forget to Smile!  Be happy.  Laugh every single day.  Look for joy in even the simplest of things.  Let positivity ooze from your pores.  It takes entirely too much energy to be miserable.  And when you practice positivity long enough, it becomes second nature to always look for the good.

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