When considering wellness and our desire to be better, we can think of prevention as involving methods or activities that reduce or deter certain outcomes, maintain our present state of well-being, and enhance or promote future wellness. Prevention is important for each of our other Wellness Wheel elements: moving, feeling, thinking, being, eating, and connecting, and each one has it’s own aspect of prevention in it. Essentially, we want to prevent the likelihood of us getting sick, gaining weight, feeling sad or depressed, being unproductive and inefficient, having excess stress, and so on.
Thinking of prevention as it’s own dimension on the Wellness Wheel is saying, ‘we are actively going to make healthy living a priority.’ So, you make a commitment to yourself that you are not going to wait until you feel crummy to begin taking care of yourself, you are going to proactively engage in wellness and health.
But how do you do prevention? Does it mean drinking more water? Getting regular physicals? Getting enough sleep? Taking a multivitamin? Meditating and journaling consistently? Doing breast self-exams regularly? Yes. It means doing all of those things and so much more.
Unfortunately, we do not live in a culture that values prevention. We talk a lot about it, but most of our social and medical systems are built on the mission to fix what’s broken. And, even then, we don’t often get to the root cause of our problems. We slap a bandaid on the issue (sometimes literally), and then call it a day.
That’s no way to live a healthy life.
Our approach to wellness is based on our Wellness Wheel, and we believe that prevention is the best medicine. Here’s how you can start:
- Make time in your day for physical activity, healthy eating, relaxation.
- Get adequate sleep each night, and if you’re feeling overly tired, rest.
- Do your physicals and health screenings consistently and on time.
- Maintain a balance between work, home, family, community, and self.
- Establish some coping strategies for dealing with stress, and be willing to engage in them during times o
- Give attention to each part of the wheel: eating, thinking, moving, feeling, connecting, being, preventing. Each one is an important part of the whole.
- Sign up for the TeamBetter challenges. Daily doses of wellness are the building blocks of proactive health.
We know you can’t eliminate all risk, and even the healthiest of people get sick, get stressed, gain and lose weight, feel badly. But taking preventative steps to reduce risks and the chance of health hazards are ways you can set yourself up for the the best chance of success… health success.