“A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – The World Health Organization on Wellness.
Wellness is an ongoing lifestyle which requires making healthy choices and taking responsibility for your life. It is about you and the balancing between different dimensions of your life and health. It is a healthy combination of body, mind, and spirit and the loving acceptance of yourself. The wellness as a state of being is different for each individual.
To achieve wellness you need to achieve a healthy balance of a combination of things. This includes your physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, intellectual, social and environmental health. It is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. We can explain it as a proactive approach to living an optimal lifestyle. It is the appreciation that everything you do, and think, and feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health and the health of the world.
Wellness is right and privilege of everyone. It is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life.
Social Wellness and Intellectual Wellness
A person experiencing social wellness is living in harmony with his or her fellow human beings. This happens by seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy sexual behaviour.
A person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness is willing and able to transcend oneself in order to question the meaning and purpose in his or her life and the lives of others.
Intellectual wellness is evidenced by self-directed behaviour. It includes continuous acquisition, development, creative application. It can also include articulation of critical thinking and expressive/intuitive skills and abilities focused on the achievement of a more satisfying existence.
Intellectual wellness is also evidenced by a demonstrated commitment to long learning.
Wellness Includes Fitness
Fitness refers to the ability of the human body to function with vigour and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to engage in leisure activities, and to meet specific physical stresses placed upon it.
Wellness includes fitness. If you want to live healthy life, then include weight training and aerobics in your exercise program. Your diet should be balanced and include all food groups:
- whole grains
- low fat dairy
- beans and legumes
Stock your refrigerator with snacks – carrots, nuts, pumpkins seeds, fruit, low fat dip and raw vegetables, pretzels, popcorn, etc.
Improve your Physical wellness
Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
Exercise 30 minutes per day and three times per week. Whenever possible, walk. Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Do not skip it.
Eat fat, sugar and salt moderately. Avoid alcohol or consume in little quantities.
Improve your emotional wellness
Have a positive & cheerful outlook towards life. Learn time management skills. Lack of time is one of the biggest stressors. Worry less and smile more. Join support groups if necessary.
Improve your mental wellness
Engage in a moderate physical activity. Proper nutrition goes a long way to keep mental wellness. Adequate 7 to 8 Hours of sleep is necessary.
Practice stress management – meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises.
Wellness is about the whole person, about balancing the different dimensions of life and health. It is a state of being and is different for each individual. Wellness is a Journey, not a destination. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.