De-Stabilized: Reaching for Wellness
Last week I made a road trip to Connecticut to present at the Greater Hartford Women's Conference (April 28, 2010). This was the third year that the event has been held, and the audience has grown each year to a remarkable 300 attendees. As a panelist on the Wellness Panel, "Stress Less: Reaching Your Wellness", I addressed questions such as how to create a personal philosophy of wellness, what role exercise/physical activity play in building resilience to stress, and what is one thing women can do to practice a higher lever of self care. My personal philosophy of wellness is to stay on balance. I was recently with a friend who was memorizing lines for a play and we talked about what it's like to flub a line or draw a blank. He said that you become de-stabilized and you need to collect yourself to carry on. I think "de-stabilized" is a great word that applies to physical well-being, as well as to a state of mind. Certainly illness and injury are de-stabilizing to the body in the extreme. In our more ordinary day-to-day, physical symptoms of being de-stabilized include being out of sorts, out of shape, over-tired, overweight, all of which can be very distracting and counter-productive.
We all want to greet each day with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue and with energy to spare. This is the definition of physical fitness and is a key factor for staying on balance, maintaining stability, and enjoying the highest quality of life. Stay tuned to my next blog for some of my personal tips on how to create your own philosophy of wellness.