What “wellness” means to me

Redefining the words "wellness" and "health" to rid ourselves of diet-culture stigma.

Time and time again, I ask myself the question “what does wellness really mean?”

There’s something daunting about the word itself. I catch myself feeling guilty using the words “wellness” or “health” because they can be considered as promoting diet culture — something I don’t support. I have a hard time balancing my desire to share my life, which includes practicing wellness, and knowing that this may indirectly be supporting diet culture. In the midst of this mind-fudge, I got to work on defining what wellness really means; not what wellness means in society, but what it means for me.

The definition of wellness (Google it biotch) is “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I read this and I was like…. too vague. Sharing that particular definition can be easily misconstrued as a defined way that one “should” be living. Then I read it again. And again. How can I define this for myself in a way that aligns with my values? I don’t want to live my life by the definition of what society decides is “healthy” or “not healthy” anymore. More importantly, I don’t want to promote that. Wellness culture has taken on a militaristic, right-or-wrong system that has negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of people, including myself. I don’t want to be a part of the problem. But, I do want to share my passion for taking care of the mind, body, and soul. You see my conflict here?

The only way I can see finding harmony in this topic is by redefining what wellness means to me. How can we better define wellness for ourselves? Let’s consider this: everyone is different. What works for one person might not work for another. So, what I’m about to share with you might not be for you. And that’s ok! Take what works and leave what doesn’t. I hope this way of reframing what health and wellness mean will encourage you to redefine it for yourself, too.

What wellness means to me:

1. Wellness is something you feel, not see.

I practice wellness as a “thank you” to my body.

My “healthy” looks very different than someone else’s “healthy.”

My inner energy, mindset, and growth are my only measurement of health.

Nurturing my soul is #1 on my self-care agenda.

2. Wellness is listening to your needs, even if it’s a want.

Wellness means replacing the word “balance” with “harmony.”

Wellness means allowing, not restricting.

Wellness includes mindfully honoring my wants because I am deserving and worthy.

I acknowledge my need for personal time and don’t apologize for it.

3. Wellness is a form of taking my power back.

Through wellness practices, I am able to reconnect with my truest self.

I practice wellness to heal my core wounds.

Practicing wellness is me finally putting myself first.

Wellness provides a means of not falling victim to my past or the world around me.

Wellness helps me stay present through gratitude and awareness.

Wellness is living life on purpose.

4. Wellness is loving myself.

I practice wellness as a form of self-love.

I love myself so much that I will try my best to always practice mindfulness and gratitude.

I love myself unconditionally, therefore I hold myself accountable and give myself grace.

I love myself, so I take care of myself.

Tag me sharing what wellness means for you!