What is Wellness?

In a few weeks, it will be January. I know, crazy right? In January I will be launching a new website and a new business called Nourish Me Wellness. If you are getting my newsletter in your email you are already familiar with the name. Wait. You’re not on my email list? Well, sign up now right here. Then come back and read about what wellness means to me.

Nourish is defined by dictionary.com as, to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition (1). Wellness, according to UC Davis, is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life (2). UC Davis goes on to say that “Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” The World Health Organization says that wellness is “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (3)

So the “other substances” mentioned in the Nourish definition above are the factors that influence “change and growth” and give us “well-being” in a holistic fashion. In other words, health isn’t just a physical thing.

Emotional health gives us depth in our lives. Otherwise, we would be a husk of a body with no substance. Many people hire health coaches because they want to lose weight or learn how to eat better for their physical health. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if your career or relationship is sucking the life out of you, you will not achieve wellness. I actually didn’t start to lose weight until I started practicing focused gratitude and positivity towards my body every day.

Brain health counts, too. Who wants a great physical body that doesn’t seem to age, but not the brain health to go with it? Many people fear brain aging even more than they fear body aging. The two go hand in hand. Many of the practices that can help you gain peak physical wellness can help you with your brain health as well. Inflammation and healthy gut health is a major factor in both.

Nourish Me Wellness is an opportunity for people who want to make positive changes in their whole life to work with me one on one. The great thing about a health coach is that you have someone to talk about your health worries with. Unfortunately, doctors don’t have time to sit down and talk about your thoughts, fears, and desires with you.

Modern health care tends to be compartmentalized. A gut specialist looks at the gut, a cardiologist looks at the heart, a podiatrist looks at feet. The problem with that is, the body works as a whole system, not a bunch of separate compartments. What is going on in one compartment may manifest in multiple areas. Only someone looking at the whole body is going to see the connection.

Mental and emotional health are outside of a medical doctor’s scope of practice, and physical health is outside of a psychologist’s scope of practice. A doctor may not think nutrition is important, or have a limited view as to what good nutrition means. A nutritionist’s job is to tell you what to eat but may not take your mental and emotional health into account.

A health coach can bridge the gap. Obviously, she cannot replace your medical doctor or your therapist, but she can listen to your story and empower you to take control of your own health. Your health is your business. You are not on a ride wherein things happen to you and you have no control over them. Take charge of your health now! Or, well, in January when I start taking on new clients. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be first in line!

DonWings will not relocate to the new website, it will remain as a sister site to the new one and continue to house my blog, in case you were worried! If you happen to toodle over to nourishmewellness.com you will not find a finished product. It is, for now, a generic site with stock photos, so don’t bother. For now, you are in the right place! Want to get alerts when Nourish Me Wellness goes live? Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/dcZSnr

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(1) Dictionary.com: Nourish

(2) The University of California, Davis Student Health and Counseling Services. “What is Wellness.” https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/what-is-wellness

(3) World Health Organization. “Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world,” page 2. http://www.who.int/social_determinants/publications/progressing-sdg-case-studies-2017.pdf?ua=1

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