Annemarie’s Wellness Journey
JOIN SUSTAINABLE WELLNESS ADVOCATE AND ACTIVE TRAVELER, ANNEMARIE, IN HER JOURNEY WITH WELLNESS
From a very young age I knew that being thin was a priority to my parents. The conversations were never around being healthy and I do not recall a Pediatrician ever saying I was at risk for health problems- This started a complicated relationship with self, food, and movement as early as grade school. Hard stuff particularly growing up in a time when as a child I was not allowed to share my feeling. The road was long and complicated until I finally found the resources I needed to find my way to wellbeing. Taking a holistic approach to well being was the change that made my path to well being a journey that was never about good/bad or healthy/unhealthy- rather a journey of mindfulness. Holistic wellness addresses mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental wellbeing.
Integration of mind, body, and spirit focus on quality of life in every aspect. The combination of conventional and alternative wellness tactics is personalized and cares for the whole person. Self care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s wellbeing particularly in moments of stress- learning how to express ourselves in a way that conveys our values and what we want is a critical step and often overlooked.
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Has to be the priority. Good sleep improves your brain performance, mood, and health. Not getting enough quality sleep regularly raises the risk of illness- not fun when traveling!
Water! When people travel, there are factors that can increase risk of dehydration and take the fun and excitement out of going on a trip. Hydration is a key to properly functioning kidneys. The kidneys remove waste from your body naturally- keeping you regular. In addition, a body that is properly hydrated will tend to restore nutrients quicker, preventing illnesses- not fun when traveling.
WELLness is a comprehensive equation of mind, body, soul, and environment. Honoring our genetics, culture, values, economics and access are imperative to creating sustainable habits to be WELL and stay WELL.
Taking a holistic approach to include nourishment, sleep, hydration, meditation, connection to the outdoors, authentic relationships, community, and self-talk is all critical and play different roles at different times in our lives.
WELLness is not a shape, size, or number. WELLness is not a destination or goal. You will not find it in a diet or in a gym. You will find it through self exploration, education, and resources that are vetted and take a balanced and fluid approach to sustainable lifestyle practices.
In this phase of life, women need to create their own integrative path to wellness. There is a freedom in the last 1/3 of life, 60-90-beyond. By refusing to accept the limitations that society puts on women of a certain age, we can age and challenged the status quo. Continued passion for life and ability to contribute to causes, work, and community remains throughout our 60’s and beyond. There is so much more life left to live!
Simple steps include: