A definition of wellness suggests good health or well-being in mind, body and spirit. When you achieve wellness, you do it consciously and unselfishly.
The opposite of wellness is living with chronic stress that impacts your life negatively.
Managing stress requires a conscious effort to maintain a balanced lifestyle of relaxation, using good coping strategies, effective communication, and behaviors that support a happier and healthier life.
While wellness typically means a lack of illness and disease, you can also define wellness in a broader sense, to include:
- having maximum energy to enjoy life
- a feeling of happiness and contentment every day
- continuing to educate yourself
- having supportive and satisfying relationships
- having good resistance to disease
- a commitment to being the best person you can be
Here are some more ways to look at total wellness:
- Intellectual well-being – Wellness includes being self-awareness—knowing how your beliefs, attitudes and thoughts affect you. You consider your emotional baggage and take action to get rid of it. You have good decision making skills.
- Emotional well-being – You are aware of your emotions and work to control them. You understand that you can turn a negative emotion into a problem-solving challenge.
- Social wellness – You have a supportive social group. You empathize with each other, support each other and listen to each other.
- Spiritual well-being – You have a sense of spirituality and you have morals and values.
- Physical well-being – You eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and avoid abusive habits like drugs, tobacco and excessive alcohol. You allow time for relaxing and recharging.
Often people go home after a retreat–full of excitement and energy. The key to success after a retreat is to stay enthused and committed. You can keep your enthusiasm level high and reinforce your goals, by using a good professional hypnosis program.