The name Activate Well-being reminds us that being well does not need to be complicated or time consuming. We have the power to promote our own well-being with simple momentary shifts in how we think and what we do.

I have noticed imbalances over my years working in health care and wellness promotion. First, there’s an imbalance between the multitude of scientific discoveries about how we can promote our own health and the amount of people actually putting them into action. With too many conflicting recommendations, we can get stuck between feelings of guilt and being overwhelmed. Second, there’s the growing use of medications to treat the “side effects” of physical inactivity and high stress levels and a large market for quick, yet not scientifically proven, remedies for these same health concerns.

It is easy to forget that we are not problems to be fixed. The sense of well-being we seek is not found in someone or something else. Our natural state is well-being, defined by ourselves, waiting to be activated.

What Activates Well-being will be an ongoing blog series. These blog posts will be short, simple, and science-inspired and remind us how do-able it really is to activate well-being. However, if  feelings of guilt or being overwhelmed come up, please pause and listen to them. Are those pangs of guilt informing you about you really want for your own well-being? Is feeling overwhelmed telling you this is not right for you right now?

Either way, know that these tugs are your natural inner intelligence guiding you to your own definition of well-being, asking you to listen. To activate well-being, apply the information in a way that promotes well-being for you right now and put the rest aside.

I hope the information inspires as it leads to more and more moments of being truly well.

Listening for Well-being

Well-being is not what you do
rules to follow for health
well-being is within
it is known, not done
felt, not seen
to be sensed and honored
in a quiet celebration of an inner “yes”.
Instead of a prescription to follow
it is momentary knowing
with natural intelligence
that can only be felt
in sweet presence.
Be well now
smile inside
no one else
defines your well-being
it’s yours to discover.
Welcome the guides
as inspirations to choose from
 always directed
from deep within
only within.

May You Be Well,


Janet Huehls, MA, RCEP, CHWC

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Health and Wellness Coach

Yoga and Meditation Teacher