Wellness as Enrichment, Not Deprivation

Wellness as Enrichment, Not Deprivation

May 06, 2021

By: Brooke Davidson \\ @brooke_being

 

 

The health and wellness realm is crowded with ideas on what ‘wellness’ truly is. Diets, fasts, workout routines, rules, rules, and more rules… And while restrictions can be helpful, they can also promote a sort of deficit mindset that doesn’t contribute to holistic wellness at all.

In a blog for Mind Body Green, Holistic Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque writes that “Wellness is when we focus on enriching our life with nourishing foods, fun workouts, relationships, and rest -- not deprivation and rules.” This slight change in perspective -- ie, going from “What can’t I do?” to “What can I do for myself?” -- creates a broader scope of options as compared to a narrowed one, which can help a person feel more agency and opportunity in their life. And it is this more positive feeling that will ultimately make any given lifestyle sustainable.

At the end of the day, we must remind ourselves that ‘wellness’ is a full-system sort of thing. If our wellness practices feel dreadful to us, then maybe we need to consider if they are ‘wellness’ for us at all. Now let me be clear here -- I don’t just mean the slight dread of getting to the gym or compiling a meal plan for the week. Overcoming inertia or taking on a task that you know will be challenging often takes a bit of motivation. But if you truly, deeply dread the practice at hand; if during and after the practice you feel miserable; if the thought process of the practice is punitive instead of nurturing… well, that just isn’t a nourishing thing after all.

Often we see it more clearly with others. When we cook a healthy meal for a spouse or participate in a physically demanding activity with a friend or schedule a nap time for a child -- all of those things come from a place of love. We want our loved ones to be healthy and well. But somehow that same feeling of love doesn’t always prevail when we make decisions for ourselves. Instead of “I care for you, so I’m going to feed you this healthy meal” we instead think “You are not ____ enough, so you need this as a consequence.” Obviously that mentality is not exactly befitting of a good relationship. If we are truly seeking out wellness -- that is, health in all facets of our being -- then we cannot forsake the well being of one system for the sake of another. A really obvious example of this would be an eating disorder. Even though that person might see physical results they desire, there is no denying the harmful effects on the rest of the body, mind, and spirit.

Another key element of true holistic wellness is balance. A person can work out twice a day, eat only whole foods, and still be unwell. You know these people. You have maybe been this person at times in your life. Balance looks like:

    • Eating nourishing foods but also eating the double chocolate cake that your friends lovingly made for you
    • Finding physical activities you enjoy but also having days where you choose rest over movement
    • Building relationships with others but also becoming comfortable spending time alone

All in all, it’s the ability to step outside of the bounds of our ideals and not berate ourselves for it.

Wellness, in all its various definitions, is an invitation to enrich our lives. This is a chance to increase our joys, our strengths, and our abilities on all levels. Don’t let yourself be restricted by the more narrowed scopes; you deserve better.

 

 

 

Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.



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