I recently came across a quote that resonated with me deeply:
"If you think wellness is expensive, try illness."
This quote touched me as it made me think about the way in which most of us live our lives, particularly in Western societies. Nowadays, it’s normal to wait till you’re ill to seek rest or go to the doctor for a cure. The prevailing mindset tends to treat wellness as a fleeting trend rather than a practical, everyday choice. But what if we switched our mindsets to prioritise wellness not as a phase or hobby, but as an essential part of our everyday routine?
Why invest in your wellness?
Why, at times, are we hesitant to invest in our well-being when we readily invest in other aspects of our lives such as food, makeup, clothes, and hobbies? The answer lies in the misconception that wellness is an indulgence rather than a necessity. Your body is not a trend; it's the only thing that truly belongs to you. Investing in wellness is an acknowledgment that it's not just about the absence of illness, it's about nurturing and enhancing the very essence of who you are.
We allocate time, energy, and money to various aspects of our lives, yet we often neglect the one constant – our health. Investing in wellness doesn't necessarily mean expensive gym memberships or trendy diets. It's about incorporating simple, sustainable practices into our daily routine, practices that encompass the mind, body and soul.
Practical steps to improving wellness
I personally recommend beginning each day with intention and mindfulness. Scientifically, practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, enhance well-being, and improve focus. Consider incorporating meditation, deep breathing exercises, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea infused with calming ingredients like chamomile or lavender. These simple practices can set a positive tone for the day ahead.
You can also begin the day with some light exercise such as going for a walk or doing some yoga. Yoga in particular has been linked to reduced anxiety, improved mood, and increased flexibility. It’s also one of the most accessible forms of exercise - there’s a flow for every level!
When it comes to food, opt for nutrient-dense, whole foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in antioxidants, found in fruits, vegetables, and herbal teas, supports overall health and helps combat oxidative stress in the body. You can also explore herbal teas designed to address specific wellness goals, such as teas infused with adaptogenic herbs for stress resilience such as liquorice root.
Finally, the foundation of our wellness is getting enough high-quality sleep. Research shows that adequate sleep is crucial for cognitive function, emotional well-being, and overall health. Establish a bedtime ritual that signals to your body that it's time to unwind. Consider sipping on a sleep-inducing herbal tea blend such as chamomile or valerian root.
Investing in your well-being is not a luxury but a fundamental commitment to the one thing that truly belongs to you – your body.