The term “wellness” is used a lot these days. Often, we hear people taking about improving their wellness by quitting smoking, joining a gym or dieting.
In fact, wellness is more than a short-term commitment to improving one’s health, it is a lifelong process of actively developing physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well being.
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic degenerative disease, this commitment to lifelong wellness is essential.
I believe that ongoing group wellness programs can go a long way toward helping people with MS become active participants in maintaining their health. Belonging to a group of people who have similar experiences and challenges is a very powerful – and a very motivating – thing. It can encourage you to exercise more, or to eat well, or to maintain your mental focus.
Wellness is much more than simply receiving medical care. Wellness includes adopting positive attitudes and proactive approaches when seeking out resources that can improve your health and your life.
Can you do it alone? Maybe, but it would be difficult. With a supportive group focused on achieving and maintaining wellness, the chances are greater that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This is a new season – why not invest your time and energy on your personal journey of wellness? Seek out a good wellness program and get started today. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.
For information on Good Shepherd’s MS Wellness Program, click here .