What is Wellness?

5 Sep

Live with Intention; Live with PurposeGive Back; Thrive instead of just surviving; Set Goals and make a PLAN to reach them; Practice Self-disciplineLove GodServe Others; Choose to do the things that will enable you to Thrive.  Are you interested in becoming the best YOU can be? Read on!!

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Wellness or good health has traditionally been viewed as freedom from disease; “if you were not sick, you were considered healthy”.  While I agree that the absence of illness is one part of being healthy, it doesn’t indicate whether you are in a state of well-being. Wellness is not the mere absence of disease. It is a proactive, preventive approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health and emotional well-being.

Wellness can also be defined as an active process through which you become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.

To achieve a state of wellness each person has to commit to choices of good nutrition, proper weight control, exercise, emotional well-being, and to control risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse. These things all play a role in wellness. Since lifestyle has been found to be the single most important factor determining your pattern of general health, it is important that you be educated to “take charge” of your daily life and to set healthy lifestyle goals. The choices you make have a dominant influence on your health and wellness. While traditional medicine concentrates on alleviating or curing disease, the wellness approach encourages you to take personal responsibility for your well-being.

A wellness-oriented lifestyle encourages you to adopt habits and behaviors that promote better health and an improved quality of life. It also involves the recognition that you have physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs, with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning. Wellness is a positive approach to living – an approach that emphasizes the whole person.

It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health.

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