May is National Family Wellness Month
Wellness is an approach to health care that emphasizes illness prevention and making healthy lifestyle choices.
It is a proactive, preventive process for achieving a rich quality of life with better health, social and emotional functioning.
While traditional medicine focuses on curing disease, the wellness approach focuses on taking personal responsibility for your own well-being.
Wellness research shows that people who manage their lifestyles are healthier, more productive and have fewer absences from work.
Lifestyle is the most important factor for determining your pattern of general health. Therefore it’s important to learn how to make the proper choices and “take charge” of your daily life by setting healthy lifestyle goals.
A wellness-oriented lifestyle is a positive approach to living that encourages habits and behaviors that promote better health. Wellness also recognizes that people have physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs and all are essential for optimal levels of functioning.
National Family Wellness Month was developed to support and educate families by providing resources and services for achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
The following are effective tips to achieve Wellness in your family:
1. Set Family Goals –
Once a week take some time to discuss the goals with your family members so you stay on track
2. Practice Good Nutritional Habits –
One way to do this is by having a meal together as a family
3. Keep Fitness In Your Daily Routine –
This can be as simple as taking a walk
4. Spend More Quality Time With The Family –
Quality time can be as fun as playing a board game one night a week
5. Communicate –
Listen & share your feelings with family and friends resolving any differences or disputes
The commitment you make to overall wellness will take time to develop so keep your goals and expectations realistic to ensure a successful outcome.
Taking a wellness approach and making the right lifestyle choices can lead to a more fulfilling life for you and your family.