2016, the Year of Wellness
The term “wellness" has been so omnipresent this year, seen more than Eva Chen in the front row in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. It is employed in contexts regarding physical wellbeing, psychological stability, diet, and taking care of yourself. But what does wellness mean to ALB? I have been using the term for years and am a true advocate of living well and fit.
Wellness is feeling your best from the inside out.
When you are in a good headspace and have control over the inner demons of stress, anxiety, and/or depression, you are more present. [This is by no means easy, yet you can work towards it through meditation, therapy, or other techniques that work for you]. This translates to a more serene exterior physical and mental state.
Similarly, when you sweat daily and fuel yourself with good, clean foods, your body functions properly and you feel good. If you put regular gas in a car that requires super, its performance lacks. The same idea applies to the machine that is your body. Everyone’s diet is and should be different, according to allergies, responses to food, and goals; however, analogously, avoiding sugar or a regime that is difficult to digest enables you to feel that much better.
When you feel good on the inside, it is visible on the outside. Your skin suffers from fewer blemishes, you are in a better mood, and you have more energy. When you feel well and fit on the inside, you shine and emanate a vivace glimmer. You glow, you feel more confident, more beautiful, and you truly feel like you are living as the best version of yourself.
Everyone has different strategies, remedies, and rituals. I strive to allot 29 minutes for myself every morning to sit, have breakfast, and listen to the news (or continue reading a book I couldn’t put down the night before). This opportunity allows me to not feel rushed (I also plan the night before to avoid unnecessary stress), and prepares me for a positive start to the day. Additionally, I love to eat clean, meditate, take a 20 minute nap, and sweat at least once a day.
Wellness is what you do to keep yourself grounded and to enable yourself to feel your best.
I would like to accentuate that there is no perfect state of achieving total wellness or being perfect in life. Hence why it is called life - a constant evolving, developing, failing, improving and understanding of ourselves. Strive to achieve goals and love the way you are living, but focus on the now, on what transpires while thriving in the moment.
Have you noticed that when you have a good meal of protein, non-starchy vegetables, and complex carbohydrates, or after you finish that insanely hard circuit workout, you feel SO good. You feel drastically better than you did when you started. Listening to your body (another very important topic) and taking care of yourself (both physically and psychologically) are so important in order to function at your potential and to live feeling your best.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” Albert Einstein said. If you want to feel better and see improvement in all areas of your life, stop doing the same thing and start taking care of yourself. Embrace the year of wellness, and begin to live well and fit.
What does wellness mean to you? What do you do to feel well and fit, to love the life you live?
Header image is ALB practicing yoga in The Beverly Hills Hotel's magical garden.