What is Wellness?
Wellness or good health has been looked upon as freedom from diseases; you are considered healthy if you aren't sick. This school of thought is changing these days. Everyone agrees that being healthy means the absence of illnesses; however, it doesn't indicate your state of well-being. Wellness is a state of good mental and physical health, which is closely associated with your lifestyle. Each individual has a responsibility to provide for health essentials such as proper nutrition, proper weight control, regular exercise controlling one's lifestyle and refraining from health risks such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and drug abuse. All these things play a crucial role in wellness.
Research on wellness shows the people who take care of themselves with proper management of their lifestyles are healthier, more productive, are regular at work and needless medical requirement. An article published in the Journal of American Medical Association's study showed that the "wellness" approach resulted in 17 percent less in medical visits and a 35 percent reduction in medical services for minor illnesses. The involved subjects had participated in a yearlong self-care program. It is important for you to be educated to "take charge" of your daily life to set healthy lifestyle goals as a significant factor. Another study shows the most common health problem is depression. This problem is often manifested in the form of insomnia, stress, poor nutrition, physical inactiveness, obesity, and heart disease.
Your lifestyle choices have the most significant influence on your health and wellness. The secret is consistent self-care and not medical care. The wellness approach encourages one to take personal responsibility while traditional medicine concentrates on alleviating or curing disease. Prevention is better than cure. The mere absence of illness is not wellness. To achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning one needs to have a proactive and preventative approach. It can also be defined as an ongoing active process through which you become aware of and make the right choices for a more successful life. A lifestyle that is wellness-oriented encourages one to adopt habits and behaviors that help promote a better quality of life and better health.
Wellness is a conscious development of your whole self. A wellness journey is a process of finding appropriate "tools" to continue growth and development. There are many ways to cultivate yourself on an ever-changing path of wellness for all aspects of life. It is essential to see those various concepts of wellness to include the following directions:
Holistic theory – the constant interaction between several natural dimensions of life and wellness will be the outcome of your health and well-being. Every aspect is correlated with the others. The aim is to be aware of yourself as a complete and whole individual, living life as fully as possible.
Balance – you need to balance the continually changing nature of your life by giving significant attention to each of the dimensions. The lack of enough attention to one aspect will result in less than optimum development as a person, which can lead to unhappiness.
Self-Responsibility – each individual needs to own up to his or her responsibility, happiness and shouldn’t allow others to take control over decisions one needs to make for oneself. Self-responsibility presumes self-awareness including the process to become more aware of both the causes and consequences or his or her behavior.
Positive and Proactive – wellness requires fundamentally positive perspectives and values by which to live. It also requires a strong sense of purpose and conscious, deliberate action. These are just our starting assumptions, which have stood well through time. However, this is merely a simple guideline. At the end of the day, what you put in that framework is what matters the most.
Combination – Wellness practices that can be more beneficial if you combine proper, healthy diet consisting of organic vegetables combined with super food, cardio/physical activities such as yoga and or going outdoors for hikes.
NOTE: Raj Tamang is a wellness aficionado, having focused on keeping trekkers and his team members fit through diet and proper treatment during their treks. While Raj has no formal qualifications in this field, he has done plenty of research over the years. He understands the benefits of keeping healthy and using whole foods to properly nourish both himself and his team. Please note, while Raj is experienced in the field of wellness, his advice should not be taken above or instead of medical professionals' guidance.
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