You would be surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t) to know the amount of people who feel that the words “health” and “wellness” are synonymous with “diet” and “exercise.” Mention the words health and wellness to someone and watch their body language change, look for the eye-roll, and expect the conversation to change pretty quickly. Call me weird, but I love health and wellness because it is so much more than changing your eating habits and developing an exercise routine.

There are so many factors that contribute to your overall health and wellness; it never needs to be boring.

Take a look at what the term health-and-wellness actually means. Health is in reference to your physical being. Being in good health indicates that your physical body is free of illness, injury, and disease. Wellness is in reference to your overall being. Think about all the things that make you…you. Social life, spiritual life, physical health, mental health, your environment, intellect, your family life and your professional life all make up your overall wellness.

Based on that description, how can health and wellness be boring? In fact, the path to good health and wellness is paved with awesome fun and adventuresome strategies. Most people just don’t pay much attention to which path they’re on. Consider this…

Travel: Travel is just flat out good for your mind, body, and soul. In fact, my friend Loren Slocum Lahav, recently had a blog post entitled: 3 Reasons Why Travel is Good for the Soul. Loren addresses why travel (near and far) can contribute to our wellness in a positive way. I encourage you to take a minute to enjoy your insights.

Man’s (Ladies) best friend: There has been more than one study on the positive effects our pets have on our health. If you’ve been following my social media, you already know that the love of my life is a handsome pup named Gatsby. There is no doubt that he is good for my mind, body, and soul but don’t just take my word for it. “A dog could be your heart’s best friend” is a blog post by Harvard Health Publications from the Harvard Medical School and it states:

“The evidence reviewed by the AHA* indicates that dog owners are more likely to exercise, have a better cholesterol profile, have lower blood pressure, be less vulnerable to the physical effects of stress, and be more likely to survive a heart attack.”  *American Heart Association

That definitely sounds to me like fur babies are a key player in good health and wellness. Thank you, Gatsby!

Clean House: No, not in the literal sense although Julia Cameron once said, “When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and good, orderly direction to enter.” I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty amazing. Other than physical clutter, we need to consider things in our life which no longer serve us and may actually be contributing to our health and wellness in a negative way. It is time to take inventory of those people/things and see if it’s Past Its Expiration Date.

Reading, meditation, hobbies, volunteer work, journaling, charity events, playing with children, listening to music, spending time in nature, dancing, time with friends, laughing, prayer… the list of things that can have a positive effect on our health and wellness is only limited to your imagination. The first step is to not roll your eyes or change the subject when others are discussing their health and wellness. The second step is to think outside the box and enjoy the journey to a healthier and happier YOU!!!

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