I am Thomas (tomamal) and I am pretty excited publishing/sharing content on wellness.
Consciously or unconsciously, we are all constantly searching for wellness. To most of us, the term wellness means ‘being healthy’. However, wellness is a much broader concept, that encompasses besides health, many other factors. Major factors that contribute to a person’s wellness are : living in a clean environment, eating healthy food, engaging in physical exercise, being able to balance between career, family, and relationships, and developing religious faith.
Definition of Wellness
There have been different definitions for wellness and the meaning has changed with the passing of years. ‘Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being’- wikipedia. National Wellness Institute defines wellness as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. Wellness being a state of the mind and body, varies in how the different sections of the society perceive it to be. To the poor, wellness is being able to get the basic necessities of life – food, shelter and basic medical care. For the affluent sections of the society, wellness is a luxury pursuit. They are more concerned with the management of the body.
The common man understands wellness as being in a state of health and happiness. When we wish each other ‘well’, aren’t we wishing the other good health and happiness?. So, the factors that contribute to health and happiness also contribute to wellness.
What are the factors that contribute to being healthy and happy?
World Health Organization defines ‘health’ as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Absence of disease alone does not constitute health. Wholesome food, water, proper living conditions, proper working atmosphere and good personal hygiene promote good health. On the other hand, overcrowding, heavy work load and fatigue lead to ill health. While in the under developed countries, nutritional deficiencies and communicable diseases affect health, in the affluent countries, obesity is a major cause for concern. Rise in the incomes has resulted in a decrease in physical activity. This combined with change in dietary habits, eating out, addiction to fast food and spending more time in front of computer and TV is making people prone to diseases. Competitive business and work environment and increased working hours leave people with very little time to be spent on family and relationships. This causes strain and stress which drives people to depression, suicides and addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Blueprint for wellness
Health practices, spirituality, family, environment, work, money and security, health services, social support and leisure are the major factors contributing to health and happiness. Maintaining good relationships, reducing stress, moderate eating, getting enough sleep, regular physical exercises is the blueprint for wellness.
A weekly update on this site’s blog, posts a compilation of research findings and suggestions on the listed factors that form the blueprint for wellness. Wishing you a healthy and happy living!!