It is the end of the year and I’m looking back at the last 9 months and forward to the next year. Time to think about staying healthy. Contrary to common belief, physical fitness isn’t the basis of living a healthy lifestyle. Instead, being healthy also involves being both mentally and emotionally fit. There are several benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, including preventing chronic diseases and other long-term illnesses. What’s more, being healthy and feeling proud of your body can boost your self-esteem and self-image. I was looking over Creating A Healthier Lifestyle by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, www.samhsa.com). This is a step-by-step guide for wellness. You don’t have to have a substance abuse or mental health issue to find helpful information to make our lives healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. Let’s look at 6 steps to wellness.