Every day we hear more and more about Wellness in the media and news, our friends and work colleagues mention it, but what exactly is it? What does wellness mean?
There are many definitions of wellness, below we mention a few of them:
- It is the state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort
- An approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
- The process of learning about and engaging in behaviors that are likely to result in optimal health.
- A healthy balance of mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.
- An active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.
In a way wellness is encompassed by the definition of Health, because both involve an active attitude: just like health, wellness is not the result of disease, genes or environment; it is the outcome of active behaviour and lifestyle choices.
Is the positive component of health that includes having a good quality of life and a sense of well-being exhibite by a positive outlook on life.
Health is optimal wellness in physical, emotional-mental, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects and it also includes being free from disease and debilitating conditions.
Is the ability of your body systems to work together efficiently to allow you to be healthy and perform your activities of daily living.
Wellness in our Western Society
Increased affluence and our modern consumer society encourages us to acquire goods and services in pursuit of the "good life", a vain chase where consumers try to gain status by association with trends, brand-names and status symbols.
Time, energy and money is wasted in this search of "happiness": worries about being able to keep up with the Joneses, financial strain, working long hours creates stress which upsets our internal balance.
Less time is dedicated to genuine enjoyment, real face to fact social interactions, outdoor activities. Sedentarism gains hold on us as we sit at our desks at work, lack of exercise contributes to our stress.
The outcome is Lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, maybe even depression.
Postive changes for wellness
The key is to change some of these habits and focus on our inner wellbeing, deal with our worries in a constructive and positive way.
Focusing on our inner wellbeing, and taking care of our bodies through exercise, relaxation and diet will help us feel both physically and mentally better.
This "Wellness philosophy" means that mental and physical wellbreing can be attained by restoring the balance to our mental and physical parts.
The outcome: self acceptance, happiness, balance, an overall sense of wellbeing.
Because wellness is not (only) about improving our physical fitness or losing weight through exercise or balanced diets or body care, it also works on the mind, on the spiritual aspects of our inner selves.
It is also about mental fitness, internal energy and vitality, developing positive ethical and personal values, keeping our mind alert and active (mental fitness), aging well, learning how to relax, balance our work with our free time, sleep better...
Exercise, sports and fitness will keep our body healthy and also help us vent the stress that builds up inside of us.
Relaxing also helps us cope better with stress. A positive vital outlook, self fulfillment, acceptance are also tools to improve our mental health and our feeling of wellbeing.
Wellness centers, spas, specialized wellness providers are places where a relaxing environment helps you reconnect with your inner self.
Read more on Wellness in our resources below:
Each of the following pages has links to many resources covering subjects such as Energy and Vitality, aging well, sleeping better, mental fitness, relaxing and meditation and body care, cosmetics and beauty tips:
Energy & Vitality
Relaxation & Meditation
A. Whittall. ©2018. Wellness. Patagonia Wellness, 23 Oct. 2018. http://www.patagoniawellness.com/wellness/wellness.html
Subject: Wellness. What is it? The ballance of mind and body, a feeling of overall wellbeing which is the result of our active choices and lifestyle changes.