7 Wellness Trend “Mainstays” For 2017
Each year comes with its own unique group of health trends (One NEW anti-aging trend that science is backing!!). Some end up being a passing fad, while others surprisingly stick and for good reason.
The key to healthy living and wellness is knowing which trends (hot off the health presses) are worthy of your time. On that note, here are some of this year’s hottest trend mainstays (in my opinion)!
1.) Daily Meditation
3.) Green Smoothies
4.) Bone Broth
6.) Walking in Nature
7.) Sound healing
WHAT IS WELLNESS?
“Several years ago I got away from living a somewhat healthy lifestyle. Between a busier work schedule and a new relationship, going to the gym somehow faded to the background (DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF FEAR OF EMBARRASSMENT). My membership expired without fanfare. I used to meditate 20 minutes a day, but now it seemed selfish to do because it would take time away from my girlfriend. Nights out for happy hour became routine, and appetizers and several beers became habit, until the pounds slowly but surely, added up and on.
“But it wasn’t until I was on vacation in Cozumel, in the hotel’s tiny workout area, when I looked in the mirror and felt totally disgusted about what I saw. Not good. Especially on a vacation. I had let myself go, and worse I realized, because I had completely ignored what was going on with my own body.
” I couldn’t wait to get back from vacation (totally not in the moment lol) and turn things around. I knew that I would need to find a different approach to staying in shape because of my changed circumstances.
“That would involve making ‘better’ choices by using concepts like the 80/20 rule and other proven techniques that would get me significant results in simple and enjoyable ways with minimal effort.
“Glad to say I’ve had success (and failures too of course) and through much trial and era can say I not only got back into shape again, but I also went deeper in my quest and discovered that true health is a mind-body-spirit connection.
It’s a constant journey, but well worth the adventure, and of course the results!”
“It’s much better to remain healthy and feeling great than try to work your way back to health from a position of illness.”
Ancient Chinese Wisdom
BASIC DEFINITION OF WELLNESS
To me, this is a great definition and good starting point.
Wikipedia goes on to say that wellness has been used in the context of alternative medicine since Halbert L Dunn M.D. began using the phrase “high level wellness” in the 1950’s.
The modern definition and concept of wellness did become popular until the 1970’s. But as you soon see this concept has greatly evolved over the years.
What are other definitions of wellness?
Here are some definitions that I gathered in my research. As you can see they vary.
Having a common language to discuss subjects is important because language creates context.
It’s also helpful to realize that there is not one “right way” to the path of Wellness. These different definitions bore this out.
Let’s dig in!
• The condition of good physical, mental and emotional health, especially when maintained by an appropriate diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications
• A dynamic state of health in which an individual progresses toward a higher level of functioning, achieving an optimum balance between internal and external environments
• The subjective perception of being optimally healthy
• A philosophy of life and personal hygiene that views health as not merely the absence of illness but the fullest realization of one’s physical and mental potential, as achieved through positive attitudes, fitness training, a diet low in fat and high in fiber, and the avoidance of unhealthful practices (smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, overeating)
What Is Alternative Wellness?
The term “alternative” conjures up many different responses in people. Western medicine and western practice of medicine that ruled the roast for decades is being questioned more and more every day by people who are more in tune with their bodies and armed with knowledge.
As technology expands we have access to more data from around the world regarding our health and well-being.
This is a great thing. At least, in many situations that is. One big awareness is that our “wellness” is our responsibility, not the doctors or the government’s. They each play a complementary role for sure. But overall, the end results are in our hands, mostly. We, equipped with this expanding knowledge base, can we be proactive with our health, well-being and live a life of quality and optimal Wellness.
In other words, we can feel great everyday- it is our choice!
Lets dig in a little deeper
Alternative Wellness like alternative medicine is any practice in this area that is put forward as having the healing effects of primarily western medicine but is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method and methodology.
Alternative methods consist of a wide range of health practices, products and therapies, using alternative diagnosis and treatments which are not typically have not been included in the degree courses of established medical school or used in conventional medicine.
Some examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and acupuncture methods.
Other specific alternative “methods” of alternative Wellness/medicine include:
1.) Ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional medicine of India and has strong links with Hinduism. It is based on the belief that health is controlled by 3 “humours” with disease caused by an imbalance of these “humours”. The basis of treatment has some similarities with “Western medicine”. Remedies are mainly plant based with some use of animal materials.
2.) Body Therapies
This includes “Body-based therapies” such as massage, chiropractic and osteopathy use movement and physical manipulation of joints and muscles.
3.) Energy Therapies
Energy therapies are designed to influence our bodies energy fields (bio-fields) that practitioners believe surround and enter the body. Some energy therapies involve the use of crystals, while others use magnets and electric fields.
Bio-field therapies are intended to influence energy fields that surround and penetrate the body.
One such therapy is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. In acupuncture theory, an energy called qi or chi flows through through the body and helps propel the blood. Disease and pain occur when this flow is blocked. Insertion of needles at specific points of the body restores balance to the blocked area, and thereby cures any disease or removes any pain.
Chiropractic was actually developed in the belief that manipulating the spine affects the flow of a supernatural vital termed “innate intelligence” that governs health and disease.
In reiki for example, practitioners claim to channel a “universal life energy” to induce a healing effect. This putative energy is transferred through the palms or through tapping or blowing or similar means
5.) Electromagnetic Fields
Alternative therapies based on electricity or magnetism use verifiable electromagnetic fields, such as pulsed fields, alternating-current, or direct-current fields in an unconventional manner rather than claiming the existence of imponderable or supernatural energies. Magnet healing, for example, asserts that magnets can be used in defiance of the laws of physics to influence health.
6.) Herbs, Diet, and Vitamins
Biological approaches include the use of herbal medicines, special diets or very high doses of certain vitamins.
Substance based practices use substances found in nature such as herbs, foods, non-vitamin supplements and mega-vitamins, and minerals, and includes traditional herbal remedies with herbs specific to regions in which the cultural practices arose.
7.) Mind Body Therapies
Mind–body therapies attempt to use the mind to affect bodily symptoms and functions; examples include yoga, spirituality and relaxation.
Mind-body therapy takes a holistic approach to health that explores the interconnection between the mind, body and spirit. It works under the premise that the mind can affect “bodily functions and symptoms”. Mind body medicine includes healing claims made in yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, qigong and tai chi.
Yoga, for example, is a method of traditional stretches, exercises and meditations in Hinduism, may also be classified as an energy medicine insofar as its healing effects are believed to be due to a healing “life energy” that is absorbed into the body through the breath, and is thereby believed to treat a wide variety of illnesses and complaints.
8.) Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a concept of vital energy, or qi flowing in the body along specific pathways. These purported pathways consist of 12 primary meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has many branches including, acupuncture, massage, Feng shui, herbs, as well as Chinese astrology. Traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis’ is primarily based on looking at the tongue, which is claimed to show the condition of the organs, as well as feeling the pulse of the radial artery, which is also claimed to show the condition of the organs.
Here’s a quick look and overview!
|Wellness Categories||Alternative Best Practices||v. Traditional|
|Mind||meditation labyrinths EFT energy medicine||psychotherapy knowledge drugs|
|Body||herbs walking earthing being in nature meditation massage||surgery drugs massage|
|Spirit||chakra mediation chakra balancing meditation religion nature||religion|
|Blend of mind/body/spirit||yoga qi gong tai chi aroma therapy singing bowl crystal singing bowls||retreats|
What is Wellness for the body?
Wellness of the body, at least in my experience and research, occurs when all the body processes are functioning at their peak levels. This requires more than simply taking a trip to the gym, or a walk in the park once a week. Or as my friend always me “I took the steps!”
Wellness of the body refers to the condition of good physical, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life activities.
Though I believe, more and more, that there is really no separation between body , mind and spirit but it helps to break them down this way so we can focus on specific area. One of my favorite saying is “in order to manage we need to measure”.
In order to manage we need to measure!
What is Wellness for the mind?
Though there are many different definitions that swirl around Wellness of the mind. Depending on what angle you approach this broad field is usually the way you’ll map it out. The key, to me, is to keep it simple and flexible.
With that premise to lead us, Wellness for the Mind consist of the social, emotional, and intellectual aspects of our being.
“Wellness for the Mind consist of the social, emotional, and intellectual aspects of our being”
The social Wellness aspect involves interacting with people and the environment and enjoying satisfying relationships. Also an acceptance for things that are different.
Intellectual wellness involves your ability to use the knowledge that you acquire to function fully in most all situations and environments.
What is Wellness for the spirit?
Spiritual Wellness is more of a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives.
While different people may have different views and opinions of what spiritual Wellness is and spirituality overall, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence.
Achieving spiritual Wellness leads one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.
The National Wellness Institute says spiritual wellness follows the following tenets:
•It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
•It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
Spiritual wellness means you are working to achieve spiritual potential and to find harmony in living.
“Spiritual wellness means you are working to achieve spiritual potential and to find harmony in living”
How to achieve Wellness in mind, body, and spirit when you are already overtaxed in your time and resources?
Use the Vilfredo Pareto 80/20 Rule.
This rule, in summery, states that 80 percent of the results we get come for 20 percent of the our efforts. That there is a core part to everything we do and if we can isolate this core part and focus on it, we can save time, money, and energy.
Pareto, who was an economist, made an interesting observation one day in his garden. The observation was that 80 percent of all the beans were produced by only 20 percent of the plants.
This was very interesting pattern he observed. He took this observation and found that it existed throughout most everything. For example, he found that 80 percent of the wealth in Italy,at that time, was controlled by 20 percent of the people.
Though it is not always exactly 80/20, most things are skewed in that order throughout the universe.
So bringing this back to Wellness and you. The key to Wellness, and having Wellness and all its benefits in our lives, requires that we laser focus only on the things that are going to produce great results with minimum effort.
“The key to Wellness and having Wellness and all its benefits in our lives requires that we laser focus only on the things that are going to produce great results with minimum effort”
So what do you think? What is your definition of Wellness? Please let us know.
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