Wellness means different things to different people. For some, it’s a trip to the gym and an all-natural skin routine. For others, it’s time spent writing in a journal and meditating with crystals. Here on Mind Fuel Daily, we’ve defined wellness as a “philosophy brought to life every time you do something good for yourself or others.”

Today, rather than offer advice on what to eat or how often to meditate (though we can help with that too!), we’re interested in exploring wellness as a philosophy and an ongoing practice. There are many ways to be good to ourselves. But it’s our beliefs about wellness that determine whether we approach these practices from a place of bliss or discouragement.  Here are a few basic wellness tenets to encourage you on your journey.

Wellness Is Multifaceted

Our culture tends to define wellness as physical health. Eating right, drinking water, and getting exercise are all vital, but they’re only one part of the picture. We also maintain a sense of wellbeing through things that naturally bring us joy: supportive relationships, calming rituals, activities that rejuvenate the spirit. Wellness is like a tree: it takes many different roots to support a strong trunk.

Wellness is Balance

Wellness asks that we avoid extremes. When we are stressed, depressed, or fatigued, it’s often because we have neglected our needs in favor of something else. Listen to your heart and body: pay attention when something feels off-kilter.    

Wellness is Self-Love

We maintain wellness best when it comes from a place of compassion. We could tell ourselves that we should be healthy and balanced, but perhaps we’re more inspired by the idea that each and every one of us deserves to be. You are worth the time and effort it takes to feel good.

Wellness Is Not Perfection

When images of expensive smoothies and slim yoga bodies abound, wellness may seem like yet another impossible ideal, forever out of reach. But wellness isn’t about abs or an Instagram-worthy diet. Ignore what looks good from the outside and focus on what feels good inside.

Wellness Is Not A Race

It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others, especially when social media guarantees that we receive constant updates about the lives of friends and family. Don’t sweat it if someone seems to be ahead of you in their wellness journey. You’re on your own unique path and you’re making progress all the time.

Wellness Is Not About Others

At the heart of it, wellness comes down to your needs. What works for other people will not necessarily work for you and vice versa. Some folks will try to push a new wellness fad on you while others will scoff if you try it. Remember that you and you alone get to determine what your route to happiness and health looks like.

No matter where you are in life, it’s never to late to start. Now is always the right time to do something good for yourself.

Mind Fuel Daily was founded to help readers find inspiration and purpose in every day. We believe that each person is capable of finding his or her best life here, in the present moment, and our mission is to provide the spark that moves you to positive action and thought.