Health and wellness Australia

Wellness is about more than just the state of our immediate health – it’s holistic, meaning it is about all levels of our lives.

Would feeling good about yourself motivate you to get that job, ask that girl out on a date, make the food choices that best serve you, drink enough water to ensure your body is hydrated sufficiently, do a good deed for someone and so on?

Wellness is about so much more than just the food we eat.
Wellness is a choice – a decision you make to move toward optimal health.
Wellness is a way of life – a lifestyle you design to achieve your highest potential for well being.
Wellness is a process – a developing awareness that there is no end point, but that health and happiness are possible in each moment, here and now.
Wellness is a balanced channeling of energy – energy received from the environment, transformed within you, and returned to affect the world around you.
Wellness is the integration of body, mind, an spirit – the appreciation that everything you do, and think, and feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health and the health of the world.
Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself.

John W Travis and Regina Sara Ryan – Wellness Workbook

No-one wants to be sick or suffer from some chronic disease and many of the states of health called “disease” we bring on ourselves. Most people with a chronic disease did not develop it while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room.

There are times when we may find ourselves wondering how we got where we are and then what do we do about it. Granted we are not born with a crystal ball and cannot be expected to know everything.

If we were able to put the amount of knowledge we don’t know into a pie chart we would see that what we know we know and what we know we don’t know would be a very small proportion of all the knowledge in the world – the rest of the pie chart is made up of what we don’t know we don’t know.

Wellness is the right and privilege of everyone and that is a choice each of us has to make.

Many people think of wellness in terms of illness – we make the assumption that wellness is the absence of illness. Just ask anyone – “How’s it going?” or “How are you?” and they often respond with “not bad”.

While some people may lack physical symptoms of illness (that is, “not bad”), they may still lack motivation to help themselves in some way – they could be bored, anxious, depressed or simply just not happy. Our emotions can play a huge part in our wellness outcomes.

Being “down” can lead to abuse of our bodies. After all, when we’re in a “down” moment, we are in a negative emotional state. When we do this excessively we can bring on something we don’t really want, like cancer which can be as a result of excessive stress.

Right now Australia has one of the highest rates of obesity. What is the cause of being obese? Where is that leading?

I believe there may be many causes and one of them will relate to how we feel about ourselves. While that view may lack specific, each person is different and each of us has our own story.

So how do we fix our situation? How do we make it right?

Wellness is not a static state ¬it’s not a place we go to like taking the train to Sydney. Wellness is about knowing what you want and taking responsibility for your outcome. This will mean taking good care of your body, your mind and your environment.

If we were to take a look at a continuum of wellness with low level of wellness on the left and a high level of wellness on the right.

It’s about the direction you are facing and your attitude. We need to ask ourselves: are we looking toward what we want or away from what we don’t want?

This doesn’t pretend for a moment that we will never suffer from some form of illness or die. It does, however, mean that when we are facing toward a high level of wellness, we will be more likely to adopt an attitude of gratitude and be more effective in the way we cope with our situation.

Abraham Maslow spoke about self-actualization and how we would be more likely to achieve our potential when we had satisfied our basic needs first. When we make the decision to take responsibility for our wellness, life will reward us.

This may be a daunting exercise. One way of getting on top of the situation is to talk with someone. After all, if we could do it ourselves, we would have done it already. It is said that the thinking that created the problem cannot solve the problem – so when we share a problem we are inviting a different level of thinking into situation to solve the problem.

This is where a coach trained in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP for short) may help you. The coach will ask lots of questions and really listen to what the client has to say – and what the client does not say.
Having a coach can offer a different way of solving a problem and open up thinking patterns within the client to new possibilities.

Let me ask you – what if wellness was your choice – what is one step you could take today that would start you on your journey? After all the march of 1,000 miles begins with the first step in health and wellness in Australia.