Top 10 Tips to Improve your Wellness Lifestyle in 2022

lifestyle wellness Apr 05, 2022
By Dr Tshidi Gardiner, BSc BVSc Pg Cert Surg PN1
You might have heard or seen the words health and wellness used interchangeably in conversations, magazine articles, and advertisements. But although they’re related, there are a few critical differences between them.
So what is the difference and why should it matter to you?
In the past, good health was defined as the absence of disease, though the definition of health has been expanded to include a healthy mental state, as well. The definition of wellness is an active concept related to living a healthy lifestyle and achieving your full potential.
Someone could be physically healthy without also being well. Another person could be living with a disease, yet practicing wellness that is enhancing his or her overall health. A wellness lifestyle is an active process you engage in to achieve true health in order to experience a fulfilling life. Whilst health focuses more on diseases and illness, the concept of wellness I focused on digging into all areas of your life to continuously seek balance.
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You might be physically fit and free from disease, but your emotional well-being is suffering. Wellness programs address every aspect of life so that you can always be reaching an improved state of health and well-being. You can also have physical health without enjoying physical wellness. Just because you’re not suffering from a major issue like high blood pressure or running to the doctor for aches and pains doesn’t mean that your body is fit and nutritionally nourished. We all need to work toward both states in order to get to a place where we are truly healthy and well.
Improve Your Well-being
I've put together some top tips for improving your well-being and wellness. If health and well-being is your goal, engaging in self-care and a rounded wellness lifestyle is your best bet for getting there. Focus on one area of your life at a time so you can make sustainable changes that you’ll be able to maintain throughout your entire life.
Once you’ve improved one area of your life, move onto the next goal. Eventually, you’ll realize that you’ve increased your well-being tenfold. Just don’t forget that wellness is a constant practice and there are always areas of our lives that need to be balanced. If you want to check where you are in the wellness realm and not to sure which area to start with download this wellness wheel to get you started.
#1. Choose Nourishing Whole Foods
Our bodies crave nourishment and the modern western diet is anything but nourishing. When you eat whole foods, you’re taking in a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that your body needs in order to be truly healthy. By getting your food from local farmers and gardeners, you’ll be eating the best food possible while also supporting your community. Having access to a Nutritional Wellness Blog and free healthy recipes can help get you started.
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#2. Commit to a Movement Practice
Call it exercise if you like, but the overall goal is to move your body every single day. You could join a gym if that’s your thing. Or you can attend yoga classes, start walking with friends, or take up hiking or biking or swimming. Find the movement practice that you really love and do that as often as you can. Your body and mind will glow with appreciation. This is fabulous way of upgrading your Physical Wellness.
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#3. Engage in a Mindfulness Practice
Our minds are busy 24/7 and they don’t get a lot of time to just be. Mindfulness helps us to decrease depression and anxiety while increasing our mind’s ability to function well. It also helps us to be more spiritually connected to the world around us and to ourselves. Mindfulness is a mental state defined as: the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment. Developing mindfulness involves formal practices, such as sitting meditation, body scanning, and mindful movement, as well as informal mindfulness, where the practice is integrated into everyday activities such as commuting or doing dishes.
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#4. Take Time for Sleep and Rest
Sleeping 7-9 hours every single night is critical for optimal health. Downtime is equally important, so make sure to take time for “doing nothing” regularly. Rest helps you feel energized for everything else in your life. Don’t skip it!
You will see that your Emotional Wellness and physical wellbeing will improve ten fold. Obtaining healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health, improving productivity and overall quality of life. Everyone, from children to older adults, can benefit from better sleep, and sleep hygiene can play a key part in achieving that goal.
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If journaling appeals to you, it can be a great way to process thoughts, learn more about yourself, and express your emotions. It’s an excellent tool for Emotional Wellness and for deepening your spiritual connection. It can also be a wonderfully creative space where you explore your intellectual side. You can give your journal any type of focus or theme. It could be a Gratitude journal, Ideas Journal or a Resources Journal, whatever you like. The best type of journal to start with is a simple, general journal until you figure out what you write most about, what means the most, when you read your past entries several months later.
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#6. Learn Something New
It’s easy to get stuck in our routines and comfort zones, but it’s important for us to engage in growth. Take up a new hobby, read a book about a new topic, or say yes to an adventure you’ve never been on before. You’ll challenge yourself in healthy ways. With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day. Jim Kwik a brain expert, talks about this often. Upgrade and work on your Intellectual Wellness whenever your get a chance.
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#7. Establish Healthy Boundaries At Work
Workplaces are notorious for being toxic. Practice Social Wellness, especially at work by creating better boundaries for yourself, whatever that looks like for you. Let your boundaries evolve over time until you feel that you’ve reached a place of well-being at work. If you neglect this area of your life your Financial Wellness will eventually suffer.
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#8. Get Involved in a Cause You Care About
Feeling like you’re making a difference, being connected with your community are key ways to improve your sense of meaning and connection. This is important to your Social Wellness and sense of purpose in life. Show up for your community and you’ll feel more integrated in others’ lives.
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#9. Plan a Getaway With a Friend
Deepening your relationships and engaging in restful downtime are great things to pair together. Plan a weekend with a friend doing what you love. That might mean going away to somewhere new or staying in town, enjoying a leisurely weekend. You’ll feel rested and rejuvenated, helping you to feel more positive and empowered.
The great thing about a wellness lifestyle is that it puts you back in control and makes you feel empowered. You’ll start to feel like you do have the ability to influence your health and that you can make a difference in the quality of your life, even if you struggle with genetic issues or health conditions. You have the power to take good care of yourself and choose well-being!
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#10. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
Maybe you’re still not totally aware of all of the benefits of being grateful, so you haven’t found a reason to be intentional about showing gratitude. When we challenge ourselves to be more grateful, incredible things can happen. Our eyes are opened, and we can look at life through a different lens.
The problem is that we might just check a gratitude exercise off on our to-do lists and move on. We think about being grateful on maybe Thanksgiving or at Christmas, and nothing comes of it. While I love the idea of practicing thankfulness on a specific day and sharing about what we’re thankful for at the dinner table, it’s not enough.
There’s more to it than that. If you truly want to be a more grateful person, you have to do it with more intent. If not, you’re going to do it once and be done.
When you show thankfulness on just one day, you’re missing out on all of the benefits of gratitude. You are missing out on the opportunity to see the bright side of everything in life.
I look forward to helping you on your Wellness journey.
Much Love and Appreciation
Your Wellness Coach
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Dr Tshidi Gardiner, BSc BVSc Pg Cert Surg MRCVS

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