The word “wellness” is everywhere but what exactly does it mean? Wellness can mean various things to different people. For many people, wellness means physical fitness, holistic care, happiness, relaxation, emotional balance, stress reduction, quality of life and spiritual health. However, many people agree that wellness is more than just being free from illness; it’s a proactive way of living. It's an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to treating disease.
The concept of wellness isn’t something new. In fact, the idea of wellness stretches back to ancient Chinese, Greek and Roman cultures, which all emphasized holistic approaches to achieving health, well-being, and harmony within one’s life.
Wellness should include a balance among multiple life dimensions: emotional, physical, social, spiritual, environmental, financial, intellectual and occupational. Today, all dimensions of wellness are interrelated and crucial to a fulfilling life.
As complicated as our modern-day lives are, it’s no surprise that few, if any of us, are able to maintain and optimize all areas of physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Wellness retreats and holistic spas are often essential partners in identifying and reaching wellness goals. Typical wellness goals include maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, managing medical challenges, increasing fitness or nurturing creativity to fulfill personal and professional goals.
Depending on your personal needs, wellness plans may include personal training, life-coaching, nutrition counselling, healthy aging and beauty-boosting, complementary support to medical treatment plans, mind-body services, outdoor experiences, and other areas of service. The ideal program will produce immediate results, and promote long-term wellness habits that are sustainable.
Optimal wellness is unique for each of us, but the ability to fulfill our obligations, as well as our dreams is perhaps a common goal we all share. By proactively making wellness a life priority, we are equipped to better manage expected and unexpected physical illnesses and psychological challenges.
In our personal lives, many use words such as happiness, increased energy, positive emotions, pain-free, and peacefulness. When we internalize wellness, we are able to activate the benefits in everything we do, which in turn spreads to others in our lives. A wellness consciousness can possess tremendous power in our lives. It moves us from “mind over matter” to “know what matter to mind”. We can be kinder to ourselves (and others). We can make better choices. We can be happier and healthier for however long we have to live. Wellness is a gift.