A large part of this blog deals with the subject of wellness, for both yourself and your dog. What is wellness? What does it mean to be well? I think it can mean different things to different people, but to me, it means an overall feeling of being well in mind, body and spirit. Of feeling peaceful and content and everything working together to promote that.
So many of us spend our days racing from one place to another, dealing with stresses both at home and at work, trying to keep up with a world that we feel is running us over. Though this is typical here in the US, it is not a healthy way to live. How can we better take on our responsibilities, be an example, be a caretaker and not let our life thrust us into debilitating depression and illness? We must find a way to unwind; to de-stress and gain control of everything around us that seems to dictate that we must move at breakneck speed and always be on top of the heap before that heap buries us.
I have children, a spouse, animals that I must care for. After gaining 40 pounds while recovering from a series of surgeries I ended up with depression, aches and pains I hadn’t had before, more frequent headaches and dangerously high blood sugar levels. My family was very much affected by it. I couldn’t be that way anymore. The only choice I had was to move out of that space or let it overtake me.
I am not a quitter. Neither are you.
I am on a quest for wellness. I’m taking steps to change my body, but in doing that I can’t overlook the other components of myself that will help facilitate the overall process of being well. That’s where eating right (body) and hiking (spirit) come in. Everything is connected. Finding a perfect balance is the goal.
I think there are very few of us who actually have it all together; who are content and “well” in every area of their lives. I think far more of us struggle daily. On this page of the blog you will find I have linked all posts that deal with the subject of wellness (fitness, working out, meditation, etc). I hope to help and inspire others who might be struggling with this as well, to know that they are not alone. I will also share my feelings on how beneficial dogs are in achieving that sense of peace and wellness in your life. Dogs make us smile, laugh, keep us going, and inspire us to be better human beings.