In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of Australians who are looking to improve their health in a natural way. The term 'wellness' is often used to describe this concept and it refers to the conscious practice of making mindful, positive and pro-active choices when it comes to nurturing yourself.
Wellness bases itself in a holistic view of health, which incorporates mental and emotional health as well as physical health. While there are many different practitioners who provide guidance, training and advice on wellness, there are three core ideas that are recommended by virtually all practitioners as essential to overall wellness.
The term, you are what you eat, is still as relevant today as when it was first introduced into mainstream thinking. Most natural health advocates agree that the right diet is a vital part of keeping your body and mind nourished and healthy.
Although there are many different diets and eating trends around these days, eating well doesn't have to be a complicated or expensive part of your life. Making sure that you eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and unprocessed foods is the best way to give your body the nutrients it needs.
It's been well known for decades that exercise is essential for maintaining a happy and healthy mind and body. It helps keep your body strong and help to prevent and ease mental health issues such as depression. Yet, many Australians still don't do enough regular exercise, and many do absolutely none at all.
Exercise doesn't need to be daunting and tough. Even a brisk walk a few times a week is enough for you to feel the benefits of increased physical activity. If hitting the gym isn't your style, joining a more relaxed class like yoga, pilates, Zumba or martial arts are all ways to get your body moving and enjoy the social aspects these classes also provide.
Self-care isn't as well known a concept as diet and exercise but it's just as important for achieving wellness. It's about the process of understanding your physical and emotional and needs and recognising when you need to take a break and treat yourself with some kindness.
Eating well and exercise are both important parts of self-care but you'll also need to be aware of your stress levels, make sure you get enough sleep and know when you need to say no to new projects or commitments. Burning the candle at both ends and ignoring your need for rest, rejuvenation and solitude can lead to toxic levels of stress hormones that affect you negatively.