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Wellness Beyond Veggies and Exercise

By October 25, 2011 No Comments

Lately at Daxko, there has been a lot of talk about wellness. Much of the chatter is sparked by our recent DaxLife Ignite Wellness and Benefits Fair, and just about everyone is buzzing about their new wellness initiatives. My pod mates are taking on personal challenges like drinking more water, consuming more fruits and veggies or getting more exercise. While this all sounds fantastic, it got the wheels turning in my head (which can be a dangerous thing). More specifically, it got me thinking about what it really means to be well. What is overall wellness? What are its components? Which components are often left out? We all know we’re supposed to eat well and exercise, but what about keeping these other important aspects of our lives in check?

It’s probably the most important thing I need in order to function every day and it’s the only reason I’m able to make complete sentences or appear pleasant. Did you know that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic? According to the CDC, about 50 – 70 million U.S. adults suffer from a sleep or wakefulness disorder. These folks who miss out on catching quality sleep are more at risk for falling asleep at the wheel, screwing up on the job and even ending up with chronic illnesses. Need help falling asleep at night? Try shutting down the computer and the TV. Or, just try watching this – it always does the trick for me.

Emotional/Mental Health
I know, I know – you’re not a kook. Maybe you are. Regardless, I’m talking about stress, depression and anxiety, happiness, etc. All the fun stuff that no one likes to talk about. Since we’re not robots, we’ve all got to keep our emotional health in check. Me? I just try to keep laughing.

For some, this may mean going to church. For others, it could mean something as simple as having time to meditate and reflect. Though it’s different for just about everyone, it’s another important aspect of wellness that shouldn’t get ignored.

Off Time
By this I mean time away from work, time away from the go-go-go of the workweek. Heck, maybe even time away from checking the never-ending Twitter feed. Although it’s another essential part of our overall wellness, we Americans can’t seem to get enough of it. Have you ever heard America referred to as a “no-vacation nation?” I always try my best to make weekends, holidays and vacations my genuine off time dedicated to family, friends and fun. It’s how I recharge my batteries so I can be smart and productive back at the office.

I know what you’re thinking: “Come on! Sleep, happiness and vacation? You sound lazy. Can’t you just eat veggies and exercise like the rest of us?” It’s true, I can be a tad lazy when it comes to hitting the gym and chocolate does make up about 90% of my diet. Regardless, I just want to start a conversation about a few other less talked about components of wellness. So, what do you think? Are there any other components of wellness that have been left out?

Barbara S. is an eMarketing Specialist who can’t resist a corny joke and thinks chocolate is a main food group.

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