Health and wellness are two concepts that often are used to mean the same thing; however, there is a few key differences!
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (illness).”
WHO defines wellness as “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups,” and wellness is expressed as “a positive approach to living.”
Wellness is the steps that you take to reach the goal of being healthy. For example, wellness is seeking out activities and nutritious foods, taking time for your mental health, and making lifestyle changes that lead to an overall improvement in your wellbeing. An individuals Health is compromised anytime they have an injury or an illness/disease diagnosis.
There are 6 layers to Wellness that we’ll unpack right now:
- Physical: Remaining healthy is a key pillar to wellness! This is based off of our diet and our ability to stay mobile.
- Intellectual: Your brain is a lot like a muscle, it enjoys being exercised!
- Emotional: Our emotions can directly impact how we feel physically! When we’re in emotional pain, our tolerance for physical pain is lower and vice versa.
- Environmental: Being able to live in a safe and happy environment directly impact our wellbeing!
- Social: Humans are social creatures and we desire to interact with each other!
- Spiritual: Spirituality is the recognition of something bigger than yourself!
Keep these things in mind when you think about your health and wellness! Are there certain aspects that you could change in these 6 categories that could you lead you to a healthier happier life?!