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What Is Wellness?

For a few months now, Wednesdays have been designated “Wellness Wednesdays” here at Fundamental Health Solutions. We’ve covered a lot of ground here, including spending all of April looking at the benefits of foods we tend to overlooks, starting with dark leafy greens.

I’ve been thinking lately about wellness and what it means.

In all my years working with patients, I’ve found that wellness means something different to each person:

  • For some people, waking up without feeling nauseous would be considered a minor miracle.
  • Others would love to work without joint pain.
  • Some of it has to do with age, too. When we’re young and feel invincible, wellness might mean have a sleek, toned physique, while my friends in their 50s would just like to go through a whole day without stiffness.
  • I know one guy who lost the freedom to eat his favorite food when he discovered that an ingredient in that food was causing his brain to swell. He had no idea that his intense headaches were tied to a food allergy.
  • Then there are people who don’t give a second thought to their physical pain because they are so lonely. Some are anxious about the future and it manifests in their gut through constipation, bloating, and water retention.

Every part of your life is related to every other part, so wellness is a complex matter. In fact, it’s worth considering the word “wholeness” in place of “wellness.” What is wholeness? I heard is described as “nothing missing and nothing broken” in your life.

The Hebrews had a word pronounced “shalom” that represented this concept. When you are whole, your body is strong, your mind is clear, your relationships are healthy, and you have plenty of money and other resources at your disposal. Anything less than that ideal is not quite right. You know it in your life: when you have a toothache, financial pressure, or hurt feelings, it throws your whole life out of balance. Nothing seems to work right because this one pressure point is consuming your attention. When Jews speak the word “shalom” to you, it is a blessing, wishing you perfect completeness in every area of your life.

I like that thought. I pray that you would experience “shalom” in your life – complete wholeness.

This week, I want to give you some homework.

Take out a sheet of paper and write down what wellness looks like to you – consider physical wellness as well as emotional, spiritual, relational, and financial health. Write it all down. Don’t discard any ideas that come to you. Let’s paint a picture of wellness that fits your life.

Your list might look like this (or it might look nothing like this):

  • I wake up at the same time every day, well rested.
  • I enjoy a good balance of healthy, delicious foods in moderation, and my body responds to them appropriately.
  • My friendships are healthy, with open communication.
  • My bills are paid on time, I live within my means, and I always have plenty of money to do whatever is needed.
  • I keep a positive attitude and confront challenges with courage.
  • I have wisdom in every situation.
  • I can play tennis without pain any time I want.
  • I have endurance to work all day long on my feet without a break.
  • I can pick up my grandchildren.
  • I enjoy plenty of family time.
  • I don’t worry about tomorrow, money, or relationships.
  • I don’t have headaches or other pain.
  • I get plenty of exercise; my muscles and joints are strong and limber.
  • I get to bed at a decent hour every night and I sleep well.
  • And so on…

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll never know when you’ve arrived. Set some goals for yourself – determine what you want your life to look like and go after it. Get specific. Identify what you want more of – and what you want less of – in your life, so you can identify the steps required to achieve it.

If you’re experiencing pain and you’d like to be free from it, keep reading this blog. I am trying to address typical kinds of pain and disease here, as well as their sources and some simple changes you can make to eliminate the pain naturally. Send me your questions and I’ll make every effort to answer them here. Someone you’ve never met might be having the same question and doesn’t ask.

If you live in the Naples area and you have pain in your body that you would like to eliminate, call my office today and set an appointment to come in and talk to me about it. Your body uses pain as a way to signal that something is wrong. It was designed to heal itself, but often the systems that do the healing are hindered in some way. Rather than attacking the hindrance with dangerous and expensive chemicals, let’s get your body’s own healing mechanisms back online to do the work.

I hope this was helpful to you. If it was, it would probably be helpful for someone you know. Be sure to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ today.

Make it a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow for “Think Tight Thursday.”

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