It’s been months since you last had a cold, you sleep well every night and drink plenty of water. Physically, your body is fine, so then why is it that you just don’t feel good? Health and wellness, though intrinsically tied together, are very separate in their applications to your body and mind. Just because you are physically healthy, does not mean that you are well.
Health and wellness are both dynamic and ever-changing processes. Being well involves constantly seeking to enhance your quality of life and potential through personal growth and lifestyle changes. Many aspects, such as your spirituality, attitude towards work, relationships, and involvement with community can influence your well-being.
What is Health?
Health is defined as the overall physical or mental state of a person. At a basic level, it means being absent from disease. Exercising, following a nutritious diet and sleeping well are ways that you can physically remain healthy. However, simply having a healthy body does not correlate to wellness.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is the actions and choices a person makes in order to achieve a positive lifestyle. Wellness isn’t just about being free from illness. It’s a process of change and growth that moves toward a healthy and fulfilling life and deals with not just physical, but emotional, spiritual, and social issues as well.
Wellness is described by the World Health Organization as being “a state of complete, physical, mental and social well-being and not just merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is about being proactive in pursuing steps to enhance your entire well-being.
Why Does Wellness Matter
Everything we do and every emotion we feel affects our well-being. In the same way, our well-being directly affects the things we do and emotions we feel. Body, mind and spirit are all involved in wellness. When one is out of sync, the effects ripple.
High levels of stress, anxiety or other damaging emotions can affect the health of our bodies, resulting in inflammation and other illnesses. Also, physical pains and illnesses can reflect in our emotions and social life, and possibly result in a detriment to our well-being. Deciding to pursue wellness is a conscious choice to seek and achieve a healthier lifestyle, with the potential to impact all areas of your life.
Different Types of Wellness
- Emotional – Self-care is an important factor of emotional wellness. Are you confident, have a healthy foundation of self-esteem, and are in sync with your emotions? Being aware of your emotions can help you cope with stress.
- Financial – Learning how to effectively manage your finances plays a critical role in your life. Financial stress is one of the most common sources of anxiety and fear.
- Intellectual – Having a curious and open mind with the desire to learn new things will not only help you grow in school and do better at work, but can also prevent the onset of mental health problems. When you continue to expand your knowledge, it encourages active participation in educational and cultural activities.
- Occupational – Feeling appreciated and enjoying your occupation on a day-to-day basis encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in life.
- Physical – This dimension of wellness has to do with the way we treat our bodies. When we exercise, eat healthy, sleep well and seek care when needed, we maintain a healthy body. By being physically well, you are able to take better care of yourself and others.
- Social – Having good communication skills and healthy long-term relationships with family and friends helps to maintain a balanced state of well-being emotionally and physically. When you have a strong network of support, you can effectively connect in social spheres.
- Spiritual – Having a set of values that helps you understand or seek the meaning or purpose of life is essential to wellness. This doesn’t necessarily imply religion, but also how you relate to nature, meditation, your family or volunteering. Being spiritually well includes the capacity for compassion, forgiveness and coping with issues that come up in everyday life.
Reno Massage Therapy and Health and Wellness Coaching
Health and wellness may be different in definition, but rely entirely on each other for a positive lifestyle. If you want to be healthy and happy, you must balance both your health and wellness. Patrick Hicks can help you feel re-connected to what it means to feel healthy with a therapeutic massage or health and wellness coaching session.