What is Wellness?
NOUN: The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal
Wellness is a modern word with ancient roots
The key principles of wellness as both preventive and holistic can be traced back to ancient civilizations from the East (India, China) to the West (Greece, Rome).
In 19th-century Europe and the US, a variety of intellectual, religious and medical movements developed in parallel with conventional medicine. With their focus on holistic and natural approaches, self-healing and preventive care, these movements have provided a firm foundation for wellness today.
The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as,
'The active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health'
Wellness Is MultidimensionalPhysical: Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep
- Mental: Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity
- Emotional: Being aware of, accepting and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.
- Environmental: Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices and wellbeing.
- Social: Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.
- Spiritual: Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.
Wellness is an individual pursuit... self-responsibility for our own choices, behaviors and lifestyles.. But it is also significantly influenced by the physical, social and cultural environments in which we live.