As we get older, many factors can affect our health and wellness. Perhaps we do not see or hear as well as we once did. Maybe we have high blood pressure or diabetes. Maybe the pain in our knees or back keeps us from being as physically active as we wish. The good news is we all can achieve wellness, regardless of our medical history or other factors that appear to be in our way. Read on to see how to strive for it!
What comes to mind when thinking about wellness? Is it the Olympic athletes that reach new records? Is it someone that has their “act together?” Or is it simply someone who is not sick? The definition of wellness, according to the National Wellness Institute is: “Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.” Moreover, “The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment.”
Although the term “wellness” might imply “healthy”, even older adults and/or those with health conditions can strive to be as well as possible, given whatever limitations they may have. Most health experts agree that it is never too late to implement small changes to improve energy level, health, and quality of life. These changes can be including more fruits and vegetables in our diet, taking a daily walk, sharing a meal with friends weekly, or volunteering.
Imagine if we took care of our wellness the same way we take care of our family or pets: by nurturing it with good nutrition, physical activity up to what we are able to do, participating in social engagements, and keeping our minds active with a continued purpose and reason to get up in the morning. This is the way to reach our full potential for health and happiness!
Happy Wellness Month! Start your path to wellness today.
Written by Brigitte Harton, RD, CD, NBC-HWC
Age Well Consultant Dietitian and Wellness Coach
Interested in learning more? Contact Brigitte at [email protected]