Vanlife enables wellness
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First of all: What is wellness?
Concerning the Cambridge dictionary, wellness is the state of being healthy. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/wellness)
On Wikipedia, wellness is used in the sense of well-being:
Well-being, wellbeing, or wellness is the condition of an individual or group. A high level of well-being means that in some sense the individual’s or group’s condition is positive. According to Naci and Ioannidis, “Wellness refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It includes choices and activities aimed at achieving physical vitality, mental alacrity, social satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfillment”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well-being)
What does wellness mean for me personally?
My wellness depends a lot on my overall life situation. So if anything in my life isn’t okay, it instantly affects all the other sectors.
For example, if I don’t like my job, I can’t get up so easily, because I think about all the problems that I will have during the next 10 hours.
Another example: If I’m not happy in my relationship, I can’t enjoy my free time, because I think about spending my time with another partner.
And then there is the effect of my physical well-being on my emotional and mental wellness, for instance if I have a flue, I can’t concentrate on a book or I feel lonely and can’t enjoy anything.
In my life, not only work and relationship had often been a challenge. It was also the housing situation and the lack of time and money that affected my emotional and mental wellness. So to live in an apartment with loud neighbors or without a view to the nature or just a two hours drive away from work, was extremely unpleasant for me and therefore I was never really happy. Although I tried to escape those situations, I never had another solution than just looking for another apartment. I didn’t know there was an alternative to living in an apartment.
Last year, when my husband ended our relationship, and my children being 18 and 20, I had the extraordinary chance to change my whole life. I researched some weeks about minimalism, and found the concept of living in a car. I found vanlife and rooftop tents and downsizing, and I was thrilled by the vast range of possibilities I had not considered so far.
When I decided to give up my apartment, my job and leave my country to go to Tenerife in a car with a rooftop tent, I made the first step into an exciting life full of thrilling challenges that enriched my life. Suddenly, I didn’t have any problems any more. There were only challenges which I was pleased to master. That was the decision I had needed. That’s why I lost the 20 superfluous kilos, that was when my wellness was restored, that was when my spirit, soul and body were finally in harmony.
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