5 Things We Learned From Houstonians on Wellness Day
By Gabrielle Mabalo | HealthCorps Staff
On September 18, HealthCorps hosted a Houston Wellness Day. What started off as a way to teach others the HealthCorps curriculum evolved into an event that shared the very best of wellness practices right here in Houston! It became a place to connect with other people who strive to be their healthiest, happiest selves. It became a school where attendees took messages of health back home to their friends and family. And most importantly, it was a celebration of wellness – both in our own lives and in our community.
Here are a few of the best takeaways from Wellness Day that we hope resonate with you:
- There’s no “one size fits all” solution to being healthy. This is especially hard to remember when we see how well non-dairy diets seem to work for everyone else. During our Wellness Day, there were many people whose wellness journey was not what they expected, and they emphasized their frustration when they didn’t feel or look their best. Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry especially touched on this during her panel, How to Influence Others to Live Well. But when you try explore healthier habits and keep a positive mindset, wellness that works for you is only a good decision away.
- Work the “good” into your routine so there’s no room for the “bad”. Adopting healthier habits is tough when you restrict yourself. It’s difficult to develop healthy, sustainable practices when you focus on the “don’ts” and “can’ts,” HealthCorps ambassador Delphine Remy explains. But when you add good habits into your routine, you will slowly expel bad habits from your life.
- Remember to acknowledge your mental health as well as your physical health. It’s easy to forget that you can become mentally exhausted and it can have a long-term effect on your overall health – sometimes more so than physical exhaustion. BrainTap inventor, Dr. Patrick Porter went into further detail about this in his session, Why All Stress is Brain Stress. But when you keep your mind in check, and keep a generally positive attitude, you are truly caring for yourself.
- You seriously can make a difference in community wellness. Whether you’re teaching your kids the importance of working out (like Le of FitFoodieLe) or sharing a new recipe on your Instagram, your wellness habits create ripple effects that improve the lives of those around you. One of the most exciting things about wellness is that it’s not exclusive to a class, age, race, or gender – anyone can get inspired to live well!
- And finally, just when you think you’ve heard it all, there are unlimited ways to “be well.” The dimensions of wellness (physical, nutritional, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual) all require attention and action. Houston Wellness Day brought these constructs together and broke them down into practices that you can do at home or share with your friends and family. And when HealthCorps comes back for another Wellness Day, we’ll be excited to continue learning and celebrating with you.
Thank you to the Holthouse Foundation for Kids and Houston Citybook for sponsoring this fun and important event, and of course, thank you to our fellow Houstonians for making the day so fulfilling and worth-while! Stay tuned for more info on where Wellness Day will be next!