Welcome back! In part 1 of Wellness Defined, we looked at the first definition of Wellness. In part two, we’ll be looking at the second part of that definition – with the intention of finding you a starting point for your journey to wellness.
part 2 of our dictionary.com definition:
Wellness: 2) an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
This one presents some sticky points in our discussion. For example, preventing illness. This sounds like an admirable goal as there are many illnesses that have proven to be preventable with intervention. What if you’re one of the millions who is already living with one of these illnesses?
Is it too late for you to find wellness?
No, it’s not.
While it may be too late to prevent a disease*, it is never too late to learn how to live well with your illness*. The trick is realizing that your definition of wellness has changed with time and diagnosis.
Even if you aren’t living with a specific illness, you may be feeling the effects of the passing years. Feeling down about the fact that your runs have been getting shorter. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that you’re out of breath playing with your kids/grandkids. Or that it’s started taking more trips to get the groceries in from the car.
The common denominator here is time and shifting definitions. In the above cases, there are things you can be doing, right now. Things that will improve your situation and your well-being. Things that may very well keep you from developing a disease further down the road.
Any of us can benefit from the same behavior changes and developing some of the same habits. The trick is to be willing to try new things, to experiment, and to NOT be disappointed when something doesn’t work out. When a new behavior doesn’t accomplish what you want it to, that’s a cue to try something else. Chances are the second, third, or even fourth thing you try will prove to be the right one for you.
Sounds kind of like what I said about paths in the last post, huh?
These changes range from the simple and easy to institute, to major life alterations. It may involve diet, activity level, job situation, family dynamics, or sleep patterns. What all these potential life changes have in common is that you need to be able to stick with a change long enough to know whether it’s going to help, hurt, or be neutral.
This takes accountability. It takes a deep understanding of how to tap into your store of willpower. It takes time.
A Wellness Coach can help by providing the external accountability you need to get started.
* In Part 3 we’ll look at a more concrete definition of the terms Disease and Illness.