The first thoughts that spring to my mind are waking up with energy, a feeling of being well, a feeling of contentment (or happiness) and excitement, waking up with a zest for life, raring to go? Wellness to you might mean something completely different. I asked a few people how they would define wellness, and all sorts of responses came back...

"Emotional, physical and mental health", "Energy and happiness", "Bright eyes and great skin", "Being and feeling healthy", and my favourite... "The opposite of sickness". Well, you can't argue with that!

The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

But what creates the measurable biology of wellness in our bodies, and can we truly measure wellness? A battery of tests can reveal whether we are sick or diseased, but can we truly measure an individual's state of wellness? Is wellness simply the absence of disease? We can certainly work towards an optimal state of health, both physical and mental, and the following would be a great place to start....

Eating a healthy diet - We all need a highly nutritious diet. It provides us with the all the nutrients we need to create energy at the cellular level, and protect ourselves from disease.
Getting enough quality sleep - Consistent good sleep enables the body to repair, regenerate and rejuvenate. Sleep is vital to process information from the day, and wake up ready to face a new one with a clear mind.
Exercising regularly - both cardiovascular and strength training is the perfect combo to achieve a healthy and mobile body.
Time spent in nature - this rewires the brain to a state of wellness, and equilibrium and quite simply relieves stress, and energises both body and mind.
Connecting to family, friends and community - if you haven't already, read our previous blog post to reveal why this is important to health and wellbeing -

Wellness extends beyond physical health, and even mental health. Wellness includes many different dimensions that work in harmony to create a state of wellbeing. Wellness is very individual and we all need something different to continually feed our state and feeling of wellness.

So... what does wellness mean to you?