the ‘wellness’ fad

I remember distinctly back in 2009 starting to do some freelance massage and working with an English guy who kept referring to ‘wellness’ and how this was the new thing everyone wanted and he threw the word about like he was an expect in everything health and wellbeing and nutrition and fitness etc. he wasn’t. Through our massage and personal training business he wanted to create and provide wellness. I thought this concept was ridiculous. It sounded ridiculous, some made up clash of words to add to everyone’s already confused status of what health was anyway.

How wrong I was. I remember by 2015 thinking how wellness had exploded. I should not have dismissed this word. Cooperations were stamping it on everything trying to portray wellness to be the be all and end all of everything mushed together. A healthier happier lifestyle had evolved into something that included wellbeing, mental health, nutrition, fitness, beauty, fulfilment and people were buying it.

WellnessWordelWellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. Wellness is positive and affirming.

Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.

And dictionary.com says Wellness: the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. An approach to healthcare that emphasises preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasising treating diseases.

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Sounds idyllic. As a health professional I particularly like the deliberate effort and preventing illness. But it all sounds a little too good to be true, or perhaps I’m saying that in hindsight, because of what it has become… because what social media has made of it. The aim of wellness was to be proactive in seeking good health. It was about taking responsibility for yourself and doing what worked for you, but unfortunately social media has turned it into a one-size-fits-all package, with pressure to be the best and look the best in all associated categories; body, mind and spirit. Be sceptical says Dr Halbert Dunn, of these photogenic wellness warriors who often lack the credentials to back up their beliefs. Being famous does not make someone an expert, 6 pack and photoshopped skin or not. Come on, clean eating, smoothie diets, quinoa and avocado, yoga, everyday?! This is not realistic, it is inaccessible. Wellness is presented as looking a certain way, but there cannot be one rule for that.

2017 is about authenticity, and thankfully (part of) instagram, snapchat and the likes are jumping on this wagon of more realistic unfiltered approaches. So let’s go back to basics, leave insecurities, self shaming, angst and pressure behind and focus on what makes you feel better and not to ridiculous extremes. Take no notice of these 30-day-shreds, clean eating programs, beachbody, get fit quick rubbish. It’s not sustainable.

Keep it simple, take care of your body and what you put in it. Move, but it’s ok to go slow. Mummy pressure is limitless. So even more so, balance is key, self love, and helping each other get through each day a little easier.

 

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< 3 months postpartum. no filter. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our bodies are amazing mums and somehow we keep tearing them down rather than acknowledging what they can do or have done. They carry you and carry others, they allow us to experience life and make life, and yet we bash them for not having a 6-pack or, lose skin, stretch marks or toned. Perfection is an endless chance and I know some people find more happiness in being thankful for what I do have, and then i find more success and fulfilment in the journey. Being thankful for the progress my body makes, big or small. Showing gratitude and being thankful for the opportunities I have to move, every day. Remember your body has made the things that you hold closest to your heart, their eyes are always watching you, admiring you, learning from you. Talk kind to yourself and they will too. Love yourselves so they will learn to love themselves too x

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